A lot of girls will be stepping into womanhood this year and the world is more populated than before to be hygienic. While many times you might find yourself in a not so bad situation where you can have a cup of tea on your sofa and take hot baths. But in many situations women don’t generally get to choose their comfort zone and periods in that case actually becomes a suffering. However, there are many different practices for women during the time of periods to safeguard their mental and physical sanity. While essentials like pads, tampons or menstrual cups are readily available, one can still get sick during their period due to unhygienic conditions. Most infections that lead to kidney failures and bladder tumors are caused due to a lack of menstrual hygiene. During the bleeding stage of a menstrual cycle the uterus is wide open to let out any fluids that it has stored, this gives bacteria the perfect chance to infect it. Another reason is the constant bleeding that women go through. Blood is a breeding ground for many types of bacteria and it can turn into an infection if hygiene is not maintained. With an aim to protect you from any infectious diseases or complications, here is a list of things that can help you have a safe and smooth period. Choose your sanitary product wisely There are a number of products today that can be used as sanitary measures during your periods. With the number of products there are also ones that will not be suitable to your lifestyle or body type. Most women in the country prefer to use sanitary napkins. But some of us also prefer tampons or menstrual cups. With so many different types of methods and sizes, it is important to choose the right one. If you’re choosing tampons, it is essential that you use the ones that have the lowest absorbency rates, because a tampon tends to swell up with fluid and becomes uncomfortable and causes many health issues if worn for long hours. With menstrual cups, you need to make sure that you empty them every 6-8 hours. Menstrual cups also need to be discarded after a number of uses. However, if you have a reusable menstrual cup, hygiene becomes sustainable. Change often If you’re using a sanitary napkin, it is necessary that you change it every 3 hours. On days of heavy flow one must change the pads every 2 hours and make sure to keep checking whether the pad is overflowing. It is necessary to do so because once the blood is out of your system, it becomes a biohazard and can be infected by a lot of microorganisms in the air and your clothes. For those who use tampons, it is crucial that you change them every 2 hours. That is because tampons tend to have a lower absorbance and can swell up with your fluids. They also have more chances of getting infected and can even cause toxic shock syndrome. If you’re using a menstrual cup, it is necessary that you empty them every few hours and wash them with a soap-free menstrual cup wash. Wash yourself often There is no doubt that menstruation is unhygienic. The blood that flows out of your vaginal opening can get stuck in the corners of the labia, folds of your skin and even around the vulva. Having blood between your thighs can bring about many infectious rashes. Hence, it is essential that you change your sanitary product often and every time you do it, wash yourself properly to avoid blood from drying up and crusting around your vagina. If you’re on the move you can also use a non-alcoholic wipe or tissues to maintain menstrual hygiene. Don’t use vaginal products that are soapy Soap is not good for any intimate area, be it male or female. It causes the vagina to dry up and makes it more susceptible to infection. Most soapy washes also have heavy chemicals which can change the pH level of your intimate area. This causes the vagina to get irritated and breaks the skin around it. Broken or dried skin around the area where blood is flowing can also be a cause of infections. It is very troublesome when the skin around the intimate area gets infected. Such wounds are difficult to heal and can become sores if not taken care of. So, quit the soap to wash your vagina and use a herbally formulated mild hygiene wash. You can use the Namyaa Haldi Chandan Intimate Hygiene Wash or Green Tea Intimate Hygiene Wash, both of which are made of natural extracts and are mild on intimate skin. Always carry a travel hygiene kit Most women are outgoing and like to travel or have to travel for work. Whenever you think the dates of your period are going to coincide with the dates of your travel plans, carry a pouch with all the essentials that you will need to keep your menstrual hygiene in check. Your period travel kit must include extra tampons or pads stored in a clean paper or plastic pouch, a soft towel, a pack of paper tissues or wipes, hand sanitizer, a bottle of purified drinking water, an intimate hygiene wash for when you get the chance, a tube of antiseptic cream or gel when you have long intervals between bathroom breaks, an instant period pain relief roll on for the unanticipated cramps, and a healthy snack like fruits or protein bars to compensate for the blood loss. All these things can be your savior when you suddenly start getting the period cramps. While these practices will keep you safe when you’re travelling or staying out in hygienic conditions, in most situations, you should also carry a surface sanitizer spray to disinfect the toilet seats you’re using during your travels or at the office. While on your period you are also prone to getting UTI (urinary tract infection) for which you need to have a sound immune system which protects your urinary system. Namyaa’s Mutrakriccha tablets and syrup can help build an immunity towards infection-causing bacteria contaminating public toilets. Stay safe and stay sanitized during your menstrual cycle.