The importance of proper menstrual hygiene has become less of a taboo, as mainstream media is writing more and more stories diminishing shame around the topic of menstruation education.
Your Period: Breaking Through Taboo & Shame
One study found that there are over 5,000 slang terms or euphemisms for the week each month that a woman’s uterus sheds its lining. The study reached nearly 190 countries with menstrual euphemisms uttered in over 10 different languages! Whether it’s referred to as ‘that time of the month’, ‘Aunt Flow coming to pay a visit’ or ‘Shark Week,’ your period shouldn’t be a subject of embarrassment. It doesn’t have to be a sneaky event, where you’re hiding pads and tampons in your pocket or purse on the way to the bathroom. Yet, there’s ongoing shame around what occurs naturally to all women that have reached puberty through premenopause. It’s often treated like an illness and less like a normal biological function of a woman’s body. Efforts like WASH United provides holistic educational curriculum related to the biology of menstruation to help ease the pain points of menstruation.
Proper Menstrual Hygiene
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December 2 through 8 marks National Handwashing Awareness Week, an important wellness practice to consider, especially as the cold winter months begin to help prevent the spread of germs. It is also important to make sure you have a healthy period. We don’t have to wait until May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day, to celebrate menstruation and talk openly about feminine hygiene.
Best Menstruation Hygiene Practices
- Wash your hands before and after changing your tampon or pad. Health experts recommend washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- Due to a change in vaginal pH balance, using lukewarm water to wash your genital area twice a day can help minimize menstrual odor and risk of infection.
- Change saturated pads and tampons at last 5 to 6 times a day or more if needed, depending on your flow.
- Avoid douching even when you’re not on your period. Douching can change vaginal flora balance, or the good bacteria in your vagina necessary to ward off infections.
- Use loose fitting clothes versus tight fitting fabrics that don’t “breathe.”
- Use cotton underwear and avoid perfumed feminine sprays or any feminine hygiene products that contain chemicals and fragrances.
- Safely dispose of used pads or tampons by wrapping them with toilet paper or napkin and throw it in the trash. Do not flush sanitary pads or tampons.
National Handwashing Awareness Week goes hand in hand with menstrual hygiene. Risk of infection can often occur when not following proper menstrual hygiene. Also keep in mind, what touches your most sensitive parts should not contain harmful chemicals and ingredients.
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