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Period Hygiene: Change Your Sanitary Napkin These Many Times!

PERIOD HYGIENE: 

It goes without saying that you need to maintain cleanliness and hygiene during periods. It not only affects your health but it is also important to maintain proper hygiene to prevent certain diseases like UTI or yeast infection. Therefore, the primary and most important maintenance is the need to change your pads frequently during the menstrual cycle.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE A PAD? 

According to health experts, you must change your sanitary napkin once in four hours. If you’re using tampons, they must be changed once in two hours. But these hours cannot be generalized as it also depends on the quality of your sanitary napkin and individual needs. Some women might have a lighter flow and a few may experience heavy bleeding. Hence, change it according to your requirement.

According to the health experts, you must change your sanitary napkin once in four hours. If you are using tampons, they will need to be changed once in two hours. But these hours cannot be generalized as it depends on the quality of your sanitary napkins and also on individual needs. Some women may have a light flow and some may experience heavy bleeding. So, change it as per your requirement.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND? 

You must change pad according to your requirements but make sure that you don’t use one sanitary napkin for a longer duration. This is because once menstrual blood has left the body, it gets contaminated with body’s innate organisms. Not only during your heavier days but even when you are experiencing a light blood flow, the blood gets contaminated as your pad is damp. Hence, organisms tend to multiply in moist and warm conditions and this could lead to vaginal infections, urinary tract infection and skin rashes.

CHANGE IT FREQUENTLY: 

You may experience instances where your blood flow may be reduced. But that doesn't mean you don't need to change your sanitary pad. You should change your pad at regular intervals as it will help in staying hygienic.

CHOOSE ONE SANITATION METHOD AT A TIME: 

On heavy days, women use two sanitary napkins, a pad and a piece of cloth, and sometimes a tampon containing sanitary pads. Although it can help during heavy flow it is not a healthy option. The two methods of hygiene will absorb a higher amount of blood and you are unlikely to change pads at regular intervals. This can lead to infections and vaginal rashes and if you are using tampons, you may also suffer from TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).

THE IDEAL WAY: 

During your period, change pads at regular intervals and avoid using one pad for more than 3 to 4 hours. Discard used sanitary pads properly as it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and infections. Wash your hands every time you change your sanitary pad or use the toilet. If you get a pad rash or infection, seek medical attention. 

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