Menstrual hygiene Coming from a very conservative family we girls in familywere never allowed to discuss out menstrual problem at home, though we havemajority of women in our family, we always used to whispered, It considered tobe a shame if we talk in front of any male family member, I was taughtmenstruation was supposed to be kept in hidden or whispered, Menstrualhygiene day is an annual awareness day each 28 May, Let us spread awarenesstogether, Today I feel proud to answer some of menstrual/periods relatedquestions which I was afraid to ask and we will also let you know some moreproducts than sanitary pads. FAQ’s 1. Whatis periods or menstrual? Between the age of 10 to 16 most of the girlshave bleeding from their genitival organ, this is call menarche or beginning ofmenstruation, when it becomes periodical at regular cycle of 28 to 40 days itis call menstruation, It is also known as periods, It is due to release ofimpure blood from your uterus, 2. Howlong will this bleeding exist in menstrual? The bleeding would be two to seven days butfor some people it may vary, It is part of healthy body development andindicates that your body is getting ready for the pregnancy, It is part oflife. 3.
Duringmenstruation time I get itching and foul smell, why? Are you taking bath everyday during yourmenstruation period? Are you using sanitary pads? It is very important to take bath everydayduring menstruation, while taking bath clean your body and try to keep yourgenitival area dry, you should also change pad twice a day, some may have morebleeding and require to change napkin as soon as it gets wet. After changingsanitary pad every time you have to wash your hand with soap and water. 4.
Canwe use Cloth of an old saree or any cotton cloth during menstruation time? Nowadays. The price of pads is not so high andalso easily available in various sizes, It helps to avoid skin irritation,Itching and infection and foul smell. Healthy hygienic practice is to use pads. 5.
Howto dispose used pads? Do not throw used pad anywhere outside thehouse, there are chances of environmental pollution and deceases, You shouldburn it, Nowadays schools are constructing adolescent girls friendly toiletswhich consists of incinerator to burn used pads, Vending machines are also keptfor easy access of sanitary pads. 6. Whatis a panty liners? Panty liners are very commonly used product inUSA but in India women hardly know about it, Panty liners are mini pads butthey much more thinner and soft then the usual pads which makes them much morecomfortable for frequent use.
7. Whatis the use of panty liners? It can be useful for several purposes. Mostuse of this is for virginal discharges, Indays like this you can just use pantyliners to avoid wetness and it is also helpful to prevent infection, It willmake you feel dry and much more comfortable, It is also useful in the beginningand end of periods when the flow is really light and you do not want to useheavy pad, few girls are also using when periods are near so if it pops upunexpectedly, this can save you from the stain.It is also useful for new moms for postdelivery light flow. 8. What arethe alternatives of pads? Yes, there are two other things rather thanpad you can use during your menstrual time, 1.
Tampons: you must have heard about it many time but never used it, It isbasically a sponge type of thing which is inserted in Virginia to absorb themenstrual blood, the advantage of using tampons are you won’t feel them at all.You can swim, run, jump do any physical moment you like, you won’t get any wetfeeling also, In short a tampon gives you moment of freedom in your period’s days. Thedisadvantage is you cannot use it overnight. 2. MenstrualCups: This are not known to many women in India but widely famous in abroad,It is made of medical grade silicone and it has to inserted inside of Virginia,It catches blood, after 12 hours all you have to do is just take it out emptythe cup and it can be useful more than once so it is economical, You can findthe entire instruction manual which comes with this cups. Caution: It is always preferable to consult doctor before you try it.
9. Whatare the other women hygiene products? 1. Virginalwashes : Some gynecologist says you should use virginal washes while other saysyou should not disturb the PH balance of your Virginia, I still do notrecommend frequent use of it, You can try antibacterial wipes instead which aredermatological tested to clean the area in menstrual time specially when youare travelling. 2. Toiletseat sprayIn India it is very difficult to find clean public toilet and most ofthe times you have to force yourself to use dirty toilet, This product comes invery compact and handy so it’s easy to carry anywhere, you just have to sprayit on the toilet seat and it will give gums free safe toilet seat. Especiallywhen you are travelling by road, Train or bus, even it is very useful in publictoilets like malls, Airports, theaters where the same toilet is used bymultiple people and hence the chances of infection is more, It is veryeconomical as well, come in your budget too. 3.
Pee Buddy Most of the Women don’tuse dirty toilets. They hold their pee until they don’t find a clean washroomthat can lead them to many deceases, Pee-Buddy is disposable portable femaleurination device for women. It gives a freedom to stand and pee,it is not onlyuseful for avoiding contact with public toilets but can be useful for pregnantwomen or women with arthritis.