What is meant by menstrual hygiene?
Menstrual hygiene is just genital hygiene during your period. There are several ways to care for your vagina during your period, including:
- Using period products — Tampons, cups, and pads fall into this category. They help collect or absorb menstrual blood, making it possible to go about your regular daily routine without too much hassle.
- Washing your genital area — Use clean, warm water on your genital area. Avoid using soap in or near your vagina. Wash with a soft washcloth so you can clean off any dried blood from your inner thighs or vulva. Keeping your genital area clean prevents blood from drying onto your skin. If the blood does dry, it can crack, which can cause skin pinching, hair pulling, and an irritated vulva. It’s very important to wash and wipe from front to back.
- Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing — Your body holds onto fluid during your period and can get bloated. Wearing loose-fitting clothing can help provide some relief from bloating. Wearing tight clothing on your period can make your cramps and discomfort worse.
Keeping these three things in mind can help you feel better during your period.