Menstruation or period is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as a part of a woman’s monthly cycle. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from the inside of the uterus that flows out of the body through the vagina.
Girls and women have very less or no knowledge about reproductive tract infections caused by ignorance of personal hygiene during the menstruation period. Hence, there is a need to discuss the importance of menstrual hygiene in a woman’s life and disposal strategies.
About Menstrual Cycle
A menstrual cycle begins on the first day of a period. The average cycle is 28 days long. However, it can range from 25-35 days.
Phases of the menstrual cycle
Cramps in the lower abdomen
Mood swings and irritability
Menstrual Hygiene Tips
Choose your method of sanitation – like napkins, tampons, cups as per your comfort.
Wear clean underwear- use clean and comfortable cotton material that does not stick to the skin. Also, keep separate underwear during this period as it is unhygienic to walk around in stained underwear.
Change the sanitary napkin every 4-6 hours- otherwise, the blood released attracts other organisms and causes irritation, urinary tract infection.
Discard sanitary napkins properly – wrap them properly before you throw them away to avoid bacterial and other infections.
Wash the vagina regularly- but do not use chemicals containing vagina hygiene products during this time.
Have a bath regularly
Stick to one method of sanitation- do not use tampons and sanitary napkins simultaneously as it may cause infection
Importance Of Menstrual Hygiene
Reduced risk of urinary tract infection
Reduced incidents of rashes in genitals
Ensures good reproductive health
Minimizes the risk of cervical cancer
When To Contact A Doctor
If a child has not started menstruating even at the age of 16
Bleeding for more days than usual
Bleeding heavily than usual
Severe pain during periods
Periods stop suddenly
You suddenly feel sick after using tampons
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