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Updated by amelia-grantny on Sep 03, 2018
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Intimate Hygiene During Your Period

A period is a special time when a woman’s body works differently from any other time of the month. The substantial hormonal processes occurring in a female reproductive system very often make this a hard time. A woman is especially vulnerable in this period, both physically and emotionally. This is why proper rules of hygiene are very important in these important days.




The information below will help you extend your knowledge about the way your body works in your period and help you manage your intimate hygiene to minimize the discomfort and avoid health risks. These rules are quite simple but very effective in preserving your intimate health that will definitely help you feel better.


Choose Your Hygiene Items

  • Pads: Obstetricians all over the world consider that pads are a more preferable option than tampons. First, their absorbing ability is better (if you replace them in time, of course). Second, they let the blood come out without obstacles.
  • Tampons: If you are an active person and cannot live without your pool, dance classes or training, tampons will help you stay this way any day of the month. But do not forget to take it out after your training is over. In a hot day, when there is a risk of a moisture rash appearance, they will also perhaps be a better option than the pads that do not let the skin breathe properly.
  • Menstrual cup: This item has numerous advantages and has gained much popularity in the last days. Still, it will work only if you keep it clean, which can be bothersome in a number of circumstances. If your lifestyle allows you paying enough attention to the proper care of a cup, it is definitely your way to go.

Remember! If you are in your postpartum recovery period or suffer from any cervical pathologies or pelvic inflammatory disease, tampons or a cup are not your option until you completely recover.


Wash It Right

Naturally, if you are getting messier, you will have to wash more often. Ideally, this must happen every time you change your hygiene item; that is every 3-4 hours. Be attentive to the means of intimate hygiene you choose. It must have a neutral pH to preserve your skin from dryness. And there is no need to use it each time – once a day is enough; for the others use plain warm water.


Listen to Your Body

Your choice of any physical activities must depend on how you feel. A measurable strain (like walking) is known to relieve menstrual cramps by improving the blood circulation in the pelvic organs. Still, if you do not feel good enough to move, it is better not to torture yourself. If your discharge is heavy and the pain is unbearable, you need to consult your gynecologist.


Protect Yourself in the Water

For many years, there was an opinion that you should avoid any baths or swimming pools during this time of the month. Nowadays, gynecologists are not that strict, but you should be aware that during your period, your cervix is open and easily lets any infection in. If you want to hit the pool or have a relaxing bath, protect yourself with a tampon, and change it immediately after the activity.


Sex: Do It Safely

As you already know, an open cervix increases the risks to let the infection in, so if you have a mood and desire to have sex – go, but use condoms. However, there is also a risk to push menstrual blood into the uterine cavity; this is why it is better to think twice if it cannot wait for several days until your period is over.



As you can see, your period will not interfere with your usual activities with a smart and gentle approach. Special hygiene efforts necessary at this time of the month will help you stay clean, healthy and feel better without taking much of your time.