Menstrual hygiene is very important. Ensuring that you adopt the best hygiene and that you don’t miss the basics. Here is how…
Not Washing Your Hands Often Enough
You get super up close and personal with yourself when you get your period — changing tampons, keeping the area clean, etc.
Most of us only wash our hands after inserting a tampon or menstrual cup.
Not changing your pad frequently enough
You should change your tampon every three to four hours — and never leave it in for more than eight hours. Leaving a tampon in for too long puts you at risk of infections.
If you wear the same pad all day, there is no ventilation, and bacteria breed on the old blood.
Not Tracking Your Period
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the only women who keep a close eye on their cycles are the ones who are trying to get pregnant.
By tracking your period, the heaviness of your flow, and the kind of cramps you’re experiencing, you will be able to identify any irregularities that may come along.
Using scented tampons and pads
Scented tampons, pads, and toilet paper can cause skin irritation and even burn-like symptoms.
Make sure all products are fragrance-free and do not contain additives like aloe.
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Sleeping with a tampon in
Additionally, leaving a tampon in for seven to eight hours is as big a mistake at night as it is during the day.
Doing this can cause bacterial overgrowth, which in itself is dangerous and can also lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Not Resting Enough
You need real, actual sleep when you’re on your period; your body is working overtime, and it deserves a break.