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  Having your period is a natural part of being a girl or a woman. It’s important to keep good hygiene during this time to stay clean, comfortable, and healthy. In this article, I share some easy tips to help you maintain good hygiene while you’re on your period:
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  1. Change Your Pad or Tampon Frequently

During your period, blood can collect on pads or tampons. It’s important to change them regularly, at least every 4-6 hours, to prevent odour and discomfort. Carry extra pads or tampons with you when you go out so you can change them whenever needed.
  1. Wash Your Hands Regularly

Before and after changing your pad or tampon, always wash your hands with soap and water. This helps prevent the spread of germs and keeps you clean.
  1. Use Mild, Unscented Products

When choosing pads, tampons, or wipes, opt for products that are mild and unscented. Fragrances can irritate your skin, especially during your period.
  1. Keep Your Genital Area Clean

Wash your genital area with mild soap and water at least twice a day, especially during your period. Gently pat dry with a clean towel afterwards. Avoid using harsh soaps or douches, as they can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina and lead to infections.
  1. Change Your Underwear Regularly

To stay fresh and comfortable, change your underwear at least once a day during your period. Choose breathable cotton underwear that allows air to circulate.
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  1. Practice Proper Disposal

When you change your pad or tampon, wrap it in toilet paper or the wrapper provided and dispose of it in a bin. Don’t flush pads or tampons down the toilet, as they can clog pipes.
  1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins from your body, including those associated with your period. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.
  1. Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals can help alleviate period symptoms and support overall health. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet.
  1. Manage Menstrual Cramps

If you experience menstrual cramps, apply a heating pad or take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your doctor. Getting enough rest and practising relaxation techniques can also help ease discomfort.
  1. Listen to Your Body

Every person’s period is different, so it’s essential to listen to your body and adjust your hygiene routine accordingly. If you experience unusual symptoms or have concerns about your period, don’t hesitate to consult a healthcare professional.
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Final Thoughts

By following these simple tips, you can maintain good hygiene during your period and feel more comfortable and confident throughout the month. Remember that menstruation is a natural process, and practising good hygiene helps you stay healthy and happy during this time.
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This article was first published on 11th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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