THAT time of the month means that you need to take even more care of your personal hygiene.
No one likes to talk about ‘down below’, but that’s one area we, as ladies, need to take special care of. If we don’t, there’s a risk of infections and a serious case of hectic body odour, and that’s not pleasant at all!
Imagine where your hands go every day – you touch a door handle that 1,000 other people with creepy crawlies on their hands have touched, and then you go to the loo… If you’re inserting a tampon or changing a pad your hands should be clean – so wash them before AND after you go to the bathroom.
Make sure you take a bath or shower every day and clean yourself properly, if you bath in the evening, then a quick wash in the morning is always a fresh start to the day. Never insert soap inside your vagina, but give the outside a good clean. Ideally you should use a fragrance-free white soap for this. You could get bladder infections from soaking too long in a bubble bath, so steer clear of this.
Whether you decide to use a tampon, pantyliner or pad, make sure you change them often (see the packaging of the product for a guideline). Besides the risk of odours and leaks, leaving a tampon in for too long can cause a rare but serious disease called TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).
Signs of TSS
If you use tampons and have these symptoms, go see a doctor:
- Sudden, unexplained high fever
- Bloodshot eyes
- Sore throat
- Sunburn-like rash
- Muscle aches
Think of others
If you have your period, don’t leave a mess for others to see. Wrap used pads and tampons in toilet paper and dispose of them in the bin. If you do leak, give your underwear a quick wash, mom will definitely appreciate it when she has to do the washing. Also, never flush things down the loo – that can lead to an embarrassing call to the plumbers!