International Women's Day 2024: 5 fundamental menstrual hygiene tips every woman must follow

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 07, 2024 IST

Maintaining good menstrual hygiene is essential for every woman's health and well-being. Here are five fundamental menstrual hygiene tips that every woman should follow:


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Use Proper Menstrual Products:

Choose menstrual products that suit your needs and preferences, whether it's sanitary pads, tampons, menstrual cups, or reusable cloth pads. Ensure that you change your sanitary products regularly, typically every 4-6 hours, to prevent bacterial growth and odor.

 

Practice Good Hygiene:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling menstrual products. When changing sanitary products, make sure to clean the genital area with mild soap and water to prevent infections. Avoid using scented products or douching, as they can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and lead to irritation or infections.

 

Stay Hydrated and Eat Nutritious Foods:

Drinking plenty of water during menstruation helps to flush out toxins from the body and reduce bloating. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can also help alleviate menstrual symptoms and promote overall health.

 

Practice Proper Disposal:

Dispose of used menstrual products properly by wrapping them in toilet paper or the wrapper provided and placing them in a designated disposal bin. Do not flush sanitary products down the toilet, as they can clog pipes and pollute water bodies. If using reusable menstrual products like cloth pads or menstrual cups, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and sterilization.

 

Monitor Your Menstrual Health:

Pay attention to your menstrual cycle and any changes in your period, such as irregularities in timing, flow, or accompanying symptoms like severe pain or unusual discharge. If you notice any abnormal changes or persistent issues, consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

By following these fundamental menstrual hygiene tips, women can maintain good health and comfort during their menstrual cycle while reducing the risk of infections and other complications. It's essential to prioritize self-care and seek medical attention when needed to ensure overall well-being.

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