Sanitary pads are used by almost 80% of women during their menstrual cycle. Even though there are many products like menstrual cups and tampons, pads are something that gives a sense of comfort. When it comes to sanitary pads, there are both pros and cons based on the usage and applications. It is important to undergo certain hygiene or precautions while using any kind of product during the period cycle. Generally, a woman’s menstrual date lasts for 2 – 7 days, based on the type, health, blood, or even because of some of the genetic factors. It is always important to know about the risk that happens because of irregular change of pads or not taking care of the intimate hygiene parts during menstrual days.
Here are the 7 things you didn’t know about sanitary pads:
- Time Period:
Even though you don’t bleed, or bleed in little amounts, it is a must to change your pads once or every 6 – 8 hours. It is suggested to change because there are few bacteria generated from the vagina which might cause infection to the private areas when not changed frequently.
- Private Area Care:
Whenever you use the washroom, during or not during the menstrual days, wash them and dry them because you cover the areas with some external material like shorts or panties. When you don’t wash the area especially during the menstrual time, the bacteria will spread gradually every time you use the washroom or reuse the innerwear every time. And when you wash your private areas, it is better to use plain warm water or soaps that are scent or fragrance-free.
- Pad Disposal Secrets:
When you are disposing of the pads, with or without blood strain, always wrap them with some newspaper or cloth before throwing them away. Nowadays, the pad wrapper is generally used since we don’t carry papers or covers everywhere we go. If possible, try to clean the pads by placing them under the taps, so that the bloodstains are washed away.
- Importance of Using Cotton Pads:
The best sanitary pads are cotton pads without even thinking. Even though there are many different types of pads available, cotton pads are always considered the best. They absorb the strain easily and help in preventing leakage. Disposing of the pads is also one of the important steps which have to be done in a better way for a better environment.
- No Reusability:
Be strict when it comes to reusing the pads. When you are using menstrual cups, there is a separate procedure for cleaning like placing the pads in hot water and allowing them to boil for new minutes before restoring. But this is not the case when it comes to pads. They are to be wrapped and disposed of after single usage.
- Menstrual Days Hygiene:
During the menstrual days, it is important to maintain a proper diet and hygiene regularly. Foods are to be considered as a major factor to take good care of your body during the blood flow days. Home-cooked foods, vegetables, fruits are to be consumed at least once a day as a part of the food routine. During the initial days f your cycle, avoid oily and junk foods since they might worsen the condition by inducing pain and reducing the strength in the body. Wash your private area every time you use the washroom and use toilet spray or covers while using the private toilets for the safer side.
- Normalise your Period Days:
Never feel bad or odd during your periods. It is a natural process that is happening in your body to prepare yourself for the ovulation period. Try to take care of yourself and always help someone when they are in need of pads during emergencies.