Top 5 Tips to Improve Menstrual Hygiene
We all know how crucial it is to manage menstrual hygiene during those days. However, we are often so agitated with the idea of getting our period, that we fail to make sure if our hygiene is taken care of. We’ve listed few hygiene tips below
- Apply only one menstrual product at a time: Some women who experience an extremely heavy flow during their period choose to use two sanitary pads together. This may seem like a concrete way to prevent blood to leak out. However, this may can cause serious infections. So, make sure to use one product at a time.
- Bath regularly: Having bath regularly makes sure that your vagina remains clean by withdrawing the excessive blood that could stay for longer and cause an infections or bad odour. Having a hot water bath can help alleviate your mood and keep can keep cramps at a bay.
- Carry extra undergarment: This is a very chief tip but we often forget to amend it. By chance if you stain your underwear, having an extra one is always handy because wearing stained underwear for prolonged periods of time could cause vaginal infections.
- Wash your hands before and after changing your pad: Most women don’t remember to wash their hands after they put on their pad. Though, it is very vital to remember to clean our hands before we wear our pads. This helps out to avoid the bacteria that could be on our hands from entering our vagina and cause infections.
- Get enough rest: This is my most favourite of all and also the most underrated one! Getting enough rest may not keep you hygienic physically but definitely ensures mental hygiene. Periods can take a toll on us with mood swings, fatigue and cramps, and therefore following healthy sleeping habits can only help with this.
FOOD TO IMPROVE MENSTRUAL HYGIENE
LOAD UP ON CALCIUM
Calcium is a girl’s BFF during her period. Calcium reduces menstrual cramp pain and bloating. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese almonds, bok choy, broccoli, and leafy greens.
FOCUS ON FIBER
Fibre, keeps your digestive tract running smoothly and control bloating. Found in: almonds, apples, artichokes, beans, blackberries, chia seeds, persimmons, sweet potatoes, whole grains.
Heavy periods lead to anemia in women, which cause brain fog, tiredness, and mood swings. Found in: beans, beef, dark chocolate, lamb, leafy greens, nuts, sunflower seeds, tofu.
MAKE ROOM FOR MAGNESIUM.
Women crave chocolate during their periods because of its magnesium content. magnesium helps relieve PMS symptoms such as headaches and cramps. Found in: avocados, bananas, beans, dark chocolate, fish, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, yogurt.
OMEGA-3S AND VITAMIN B12
cramps can be reduced with a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Found in: eggs, flaxseeds, nuts, seafood, seeds, yogurt.
low vitamin D levels cause irregular periods; vitamin D boost energy levels, boost mood and fighting insomnia. Found in: fish oils, fortified milk, egg yolks.
How to fight menstrual cramps
- APPLYING HEAT
Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back may relieve pain. If you don’t have a hot water bottle or heating pad, take a warm bath or use a hot towel.
- MASSAGING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Massage therapy for about 20 minutes can help reduce menstrual pain.
- FOOD to avoid
Avoid food that causes bloating and water retention.
- Fatty foods
- Carbonated beverage
- Salty foods
Periods can be very arduous and difficult to manage. However, if following these simple tips can make it any better, it’s definitely worth a shot!
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