Why Is Feminine Hygiene Considered Underrated?
There are women who are never told how to take care of their private parts. They are just expected to know it automatically. Many mothers do not consider it important to educate their daughters about feminine hygiene or they just shy away. Combined with a social stigma that has been handed down for generations, many girls feel too ashamed to go to school at all. Not only this, there are many women who are completely unware of the hygiene hacks which even lead them to into trouble.
It’s time to talk and address these issues, and these feminine hygiene hacks is something everyone should know.
Stop wearing tight clothes
Tight clothes like skinny jeans can lead to urinary tract infections if worn for a long duration. Tight clothing around the waist can cause abnormal amount of pressure on internal organs. You really think your tight clothes are worth it?
Don’t compromise your health just because something is trendy at the moment.
Wash your vagina each time you urinate
Yes, it is not possible to wash it if we are at a workplace loo or when we use a loo at mall but make sure to wash it with water each time you are home, especially when you go off to sleep. Proper vaginal hygiene is extremely important for a woman’s health. It can make a world of difference to your intimate health. It can reduce the risk of acquiring infections, it can speed up recovery and prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge.
Avoid silky undies
Under wears should not be tight and should be made of cotton. Tight undies can trap moisture and become breeding ground for bacteria and cause ingrown hair. Cotton undies allow your skin to breathe. Change the undergarments regularly.
Use menstrual cups
If you don’t change tampons in time, it can cause toxic shock syndrome due to bacterial toxins. Harmful chemicals like dioxine is used to bleach the cotton in the sanitary napkins, which is linked with side effects like pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cancer, damage to the immune system, impaired fertility and diabetes and impaired thyroid function. Hence, it would be better if you could choose menstrual cups instead of tampons and sanitary napkins.
Consume natural probiotics
Probiotics help avoid getting infections. They are made available in varieties of healthy foods that can help you stay healthy and keep fit for a long period.
These are some of the natural probiotics food : yogurt with active or live cultures, kefir, unpasteurized sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles (not made in vinegar!), traditional buttermilk, natto, cheese (including gouda, mozzarella, cheddar and cottage cheese).
Avoid scented/harsh soaps
Never use scented or harsh soaps because it disturbs vaginal flora. Do not use scented feminine products too. You can definitely use intimate wash that are free from harsh chemicals. READ YOUR INGREDIENTS! You can also use a pH maintaining feminine wash. Do not use deodorants near the vulvovaginal area.
Change your pads every 3 hours
Sanitary pads can be changed once in 3 – 6 hours. Women who have heavy flow can change once in 2 – 3 hours. Women with average flow can change once in 6 hours. Wearing the same pad for a long time gives you a wet feeling. Bad odour also starts coming. Maintain hygiene by washing hands while changing pads. Choose a pad with appropriate thickness, absorbency, shape and style. Wearing the same pad for a long time gives you a wet feeling.
Hygiene during periods
Wash your genital areas frequently. Ideally, you should take a shower every day in during your periods. Also, wash your pubic area every time you are changing your napkin. In case you are not able to wash it, wipe it well. Always wipe from front to back. If you are using menstrual cups, flush your waste well. Clean and disinfect the menstrual cup.
Properly clean your menstrual cup
A menstrual cup is a sanitary product made for women to take care of the period discharge in the most hygienic way. Wash at least two times a day and change ever 10-12 hours or as needed. Boil or sterilize your menstrual cup on stove or in a microwave. Boiling on stove is the best way to sterilize your menstrual cup.
Kegel exercises can help build pelvic floor strength. The motions are designed to squeeze the muscles you would use to stop urinating or passing gas and strengthen them over time.