Menstrual hygiene Coming from a conservative family we girls in family werenever allowed to discuss out menstrual problem at home, though we have majorityof women in our family, we always used to whisper, It considered to be a shameif we talk in front of any male family member, I was taught menstruation wassupposed to be kept in hidden or whispered, Menstrual hygiene day is an annualawareness day each 28 May, Let us spread awareness together, TodayI feel proud to answer some of menstrual/periods related questions which I wasafraid to ask and we will also let you know some more products than sanitarypads. FAQ’s1. 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.
Thedrawback is you cannot use it overnight. 2. MenstrualCups: This are not known to many women in India but widely famous in abroad, ithas to inserted inside of Virginia, It catches blood, after 12 hours all youhave to do is just take it out empty the cup and it can be useful more thanonce so it is economical, You can find the all usage manual which comes withthis cups. Caution: It is always preferable to consult doctor before you try it.
2. Whatare the other women hygiene products? 1. Virginalwashes : Some gynecologist says you should use virginal washes while other saysyou should not, I still do not advice frequent use of it, you can try wipesinstead which are dermatological tested to clean the area in menstrual timespecially when you are 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 toiletslike malls, Airports, theaters where the same toilet is used by multiple peopleand hence the chances of infection is more, It is very economical as well, comein 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 decreases; 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. 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 more than twice a day, some mayhave more bleeding and require to change napkin as soon as it gets wet.
Afterchanging sanitary pad every time you have to wash your hand with soap andwater. 4. Canwe use Cloth of an old saree or any cotton soft cloth during this time? The price of pads is not so high and alsoeasily available in various sizes, It helps to avoid skin irritation, Itchingand 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 liner? 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. I tend to help as many as girls I can by thisblog, If you have any suggestion rather then this or anything you wish to shareor ask, Kindly write in comment section below. Bleed with pride, Stayblessed J