Every year on May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked. The overall health and menstrual hygiene of girls and women have been affected since the outbreak of the covid-19 epidemic. Due to lockdown, women are suffering from a lack of resources, and they are unable to manage their menstruation and health.
Why is Menstrual Hygiene Day Marked on 28 May?
This year, menstrual hygiene day 2021 theme is “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.” Did you know why Menstrual Hygiene day is marked on 28 May? The reason behind this is on average the menstrual cycle is 28 days for most women, and the menstruation period is for five days for most women. So, this was the reason to choose the date May 28 as 28/5.
Here is the list of Dos and Don’ts during the Menstruation Period:
- Select Sanitation Method
You can choose any sanitation method, such as sanitary pads, menstrual cups, or tampons that can offer you maximum comfort. Keep one thing in your mind that at a time, you must choose one method of sanitation. If you use multiple methods, then it can lead to rashes or even Toxic Shock Syndrome.
- Get Advice from the Right Person
Those girls who are getting their periods for the first time might have to face lots of concerns. At that time, it is important to get advice from the right person for proper guidance, so you know the importance of menstrual hygiene.
- Don’t Let Your Periods Get in Your Way of Living Life
Make sure during these days, your body is fully relaxed and comfortable. Give rest to your body, and don’t rely on false perceptions that can get into your way of living life. Ensure to take care of hygiene during periods to avoid infections and diseases.
- Always Be Ready with Necessary Products
Make sure to keep all the things or intimate care kit during the periods. With the help of intimate care kit, you can feel comfort and convenience. After your first period, make sure to aware of your next period date.
- Don’t Use Two Pads Simultaneously
It is a bad idea of using two pads at the same time. Some women face high blood flow during periods, so they use two pads simultaneously, which is not a good idea. Using two pads can cause infection in the vaginal. Hence, use one pad at a time and change it after 4-5 hours.
- Clean Your Vaginal Area
Ensure to clean your vaginal area especially during the days of menstruation when blood flows from the body. To wash the area, you can use warm water and diluted water. And, there are various vaginal washes are available in the market, so you can buy one that best matches your needs. If vaginal washes cause irritation, then don’t use that again and speak to your doctor.
- Clean Reusable Pads
If you use reusable pads, then make sure to clean them properly after every use, so there are no germs. In this way, you can stop infection. Once you used them after said number of uses, then don’t use them again.
- Change Your Pad after Four Hours
If you use a sanitary pad during periods, then change it every four hours. Generally, changing the pad after four hours is good. If you can’t do it every day, then try to do it for at least the first two days of your period. After that, don’t use the same pad for more than 7-8 hours.
Foods to Eat and Avoid During Periods
The following list will tell you what you should eat during periods:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Drink water
- Dark chocolate
- Flaxseed oil
- Lentils and beans
Now, take a look at the following foods that you need to avoid during periods:
- Spicy foods
- Red meat
- Processed food
Maintain Your Menstrual Hygiene for Good Health
We hope the above information will help you in maintaining menstrual hygiene. If you get a first-time period, then you should definitely read all of the above points. During periods, there are so many things that you should consider, whether it is food, exercise, or hygiene. One of the most important things to consider is when you throw used pads, then make sure to wrap your used pad into a paper and put it inside a plastic bag, and then throw it. If your periods are painful, then it is suggested that you should speak to a doctor.