Menstruation is also known by the terms menses, menstrual period, cycle, or period. So many names for one process that’s a topic of much debate even in the times when we all have progressed so much. But the basics of menstruation, including cleanliness are something pretty unclear to many girls and women across the globe.

Talking about menstrual hygiene at an event, actor and author Twinkle Khanna, highlighted an alarming fact that 50% of women in rural areas use unhygienic methods during menstruation. This has led to girls dropping out of school because of the unavailability of proper sanitary products. Add to that the myths and taboos surrounding periods which label the process as unhealthy when in fact it’s the body’s natural process related to reproduction.

While this ‘time of the month’ is nothing to look forward to, it is in our hands to keep ourselves as clean as possible to avoid contracting infections during this time. Yeast infections, urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis, and blood poisoning are some of the health problems that adolescent girls and pre-menopausal women can face if they take cleanliness lightly during this time. Using old rags instead of disposable clothes is one of the worst practices that can lead to infections since the rags are never sanitised properly. Want to stay hygienic but worried about the environment? Then try this Soch Reusable/Washable Sanitary Cloth Pads, which can be reused 100-120 times. Buy a pack of 2 pads here only for Rs 315.

How Can You Ensure Proper Menstrual Hygiene?

Changing Sanitary Pads/Tampons At Regular Intervals

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Sepsis or blood poisoning can occur if you don’t change your sanitary pad or tampon at regular intervals. Symptoms of such toxic shock can include fever, weakness, increased heart rate and paleness of skin. It can be deadly if ignored. You should take care and change your sanitary pad after every 4 to 6 hours and tampons every 4 to 8 hours. You can change it earlier if the flow is heavy but don’t sit on it thinking that the product is just absorbing the blood. Left there for too long, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria which can then enter your body. Next time, you can give Period Pants a try! Buy a pack of 10 Kotex Overnight Panties here at an offer price of Rs 457. 

Wearing Clean Clothes And Properly Dried Undergarments

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Wearing properly washed clothes and undergarments that have been properly dried under the sun is another factor in menstrual hygiene. Damp undergarments can be home to various types of bacteria which you won’t like to invite into your body. Or you can buy Lavos Women's Periods Panty suitable for Heavy Periods for Rs 299 here.

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Keeping Yourself Clean

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To keep yourself and the vaginal area clean, it is okay to use normal soaps with cold to lukewarm water. No need for perfumed washes or products claiming to balance the pH of your nether regions. Your vagina is smart; it can balance the acidity all by itself. Also, take care to wash the right way i.e. from the vagina to the anal area and not vice-versa. Washing your hands before and after disposing the pads is another compulsory practice to follow. The same rule goes for Menstrual Cups too. Haven't tried one yet? You can make a beginning with LADY GO - Reusable Menstrual Cup. A pack of this is available in the market for Rs 895 but you can get it here for Rs 400 only.

Staying Active

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You may experience stomach cramps, have backache, leg cramps and stiffness, bloated feeling and a general feeling that the world is about to end on those special days but staying active is very important for your wellbeing. While it is okay to rest for a while, it is beneficial to take breaks and go for a walk to let your period blood flow unobstructed and minimise itching.

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