Menstruation is one of the most significant biological processes a woman’s body undergoes. Therefore, it is no surprise that we tend to be fearful ,over conscious with the idea of getting our very first period. We often forget to pay attention to the need for ensuring good menstrual hygiene.
It is always beneficial to be ready beforehand with all the necessary supplies that one would require. Carrying a multi-purpose pouch containing intimate care kits will surely help in the ultimate comfort and convenience. After your first period, it is best to keep a track of the next period date through apps, which will regularly monitor your cycles.
A UNICEF study shows that inadequate awareness about menstrual hygiene compels 23% girls to drop out of schools in india after they start menstruating. This is a stage where girls are confused and scared as to how to go about their first period .
It is common understanding that basic hygienic practices towards menstruation is often not well addressed in the developing countries.
This Menstrual Hygiene Day, reward yourself a happy and healthy period by understanding your body better
menstrual hygiene : dos and don’ts for first-timers
Choose your sanitation method
From sanitary pads, tampons to menstrual cups, each woman should choose a product that provides her maximum comfort. Please note that only one method of sanitation must be used at a time; using multiple can lead to rashes, infections or even Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Don’t let inhibitions get in your way
Make sure that your body is relaxed and comfortable at all times. Choose comfort and be well-rested. Try to look past any age-old perceptions which indicate that women should not indulge in activities during these days.
We must encourage women to be active and prove that periods do not get in the way of living lives. Comfort and hygiene can still go together during periods with the availability of an array of services and products in the market.
Bathe and wash yourself regularly
Bathing regularly during periods is important as it removes the excess blood that could cause an infection. It can also help alleviate the mood and reduce menstrual cramps. You can also relieve your period pain through mild heat therapy.
For cleansing, a gentle foaming cleanser can be used to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, while preserving the good ones you need for a healthy vulva.
Always be ready with a go-to kit