Menstrual hygiene during monsoon

Menstrual hygiene during monsoon

The monsoon may bring welcome relief from the stifling heat, but the damp conditions it creates are ideal for the growth of unhealthy microbes. This is particularly important for managing menstruation during this time of year! Experiencing our menstrual cycles at this season can be challenging and frightening. Regrettably, the danger of infection during menstruation considerably escalates due to the high humidity seen in the rainy season. The combination of period cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other menstrual-related problems, along with the rainy season, has the potential to negatively affect your day. However, we’re here to talk about a few beneficial tips and techniques for preventing infections and practising appropriate menstrual hygiene this monsoon!

Feel free, live free!

It’s important to consider the potential effects of increased wetness, such as irritation, scratching, and bacterial infections. One suggestion is to opt for cotton undergarments or other breathable textiles. Promoting vaginal health and maintaining the area’s maximum level of dryness are the objectives. It’s best to go for cotton fabrics as they allow for improved air circulation and moisture control, which is important for preventing infections.

Select the appropriate feminine products and sizes:

Choose the menstrual product that suits your needs and preferences. Choosing the right size of pad or tampon is essential to prevent leakage and ensure comfort during use. Select the appropriate size for your needs!

It’s time for a change of napkin/tampon!

It is essential to adhere to the recommended time frame for changing sanitary napkins or tampons every 4-6 hours to ensure proper perineal hygiene.

Organisms are naturally drawn to the environment created by menstrual blood, where they can thrive and multiply, leading to unease, irritation, and urinary tract infections. By changing your sanitary napkin or tampon time to time, you can prevent vaginal infections.

After using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back.

Ensure thorough hygiene of your perineal area (vaginal area) every time you change your napkin or tampon
Proper hygiene is crucial as bacteria can adhere to your body after removing a sanitary napkin. Women often fail to properly cleanse their perineum. The correct direction is from the vagina to the anus, not the other way around. It is important to be mindful of proper hygiene practices to prevent the transfer of bacteria between these parts of the body.

It’s crucial to utilise hygienic and well-maintained restrooms. Ensuring the area remains dry is of equal importance.

Avoid using vaginal hygiene products or soaps!

It is advisable to refrain from applying soaps or other vaginal hygiene products.
Although incorporating vaginal hygiene products into your routine can be advantageous, it’s important to be cautious when using them during menstruation to avoid potential complications. The natural cleansing system of the vagina operates smoothly during menstrual cycles, and the use of artificial hygiene products can potentially disrupt this process, leading to infections and an overgrowth of harmful bacteria.

Ensure the correct disposal of the sanitary napkin

Proper disposal of tampons and sanitary napkins is essential. Ensure proper wrapping before disposing of them to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. It is important to avoid flushing them as it can lead to the spread of bacteria throughout the area. Given the importance of maintaining hygiene, it is crucial to thoroughly wash your hands after disposing of used tampons and sanitary napkins, as you are likely to come into contact with the soiled area during the wrapping process.

Menstrual cups – give it a try!

Consider trying silicone menstrual cups if you feel at ease with inserting them into the vagina. It is cost-effective, secure, sanitary, and can be used multiple times. Determine the cup size you require with guidance from your gynaecologist and start implementing it.

Optimising Vaginal Health through Diet and Probiotics

From a young age, we’ve been reminded of the importance of our dietary choices. This also applies to vaginal health. During monsoon, it is important to maintain a well-rounded diet that is packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Yoghurt and other fermented foods are packed with probiotics that support a thriving vaginal microbiome, contributing to overall health.

Stay Hydrated –

Keeping yourself properly hydrated can help lower the chances of developing vaginal infections during the monsoon season. Indeed, staying hydrated by consuming ample amounts of water can contribute to maintaining a healthy and infection-free vaginal environment. Water aids in the elimination of toxins and harmful bacteria. It is important to stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water.

While there is no direct correlation between the monsoon season and the duration or flow of your menstrual cycle. However, your lifestyle, diet and hygiene measures can have an impact on your menstrual cycle, in this season. It is important to maintain a healthy diet, stay properly hydrated, minimise stress, and engage in regular exercise. By implementing these practical suggestions and strategies during the rainy season, you can ensure your well-being and stay at ease during your menstrual cycle.

Happy monsoon!

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Purnima Sood

She is a Co-Founder at Fertility Dost. Purnima is a certified adoption counsellor, entrepreneur, motivational speaker .

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