Menstruation or period is a normal monthly occurrence among women ranging from the age of 10 to 50. It occurs as a result of the shedding of the uterus lining. During the period, blood and other tissues from the uterus leave the body through the vagina. A period generally lasts for a few days to about a week.
Talking to Fit Northeast, senior gynaecologist Dr Bidyawati Das highlighted a few points regarding menstrual hygiene.
Dr Das said that it is very important for every woman to maintain proper hygiene during her period days. In the 21st century, most women opt for sanitary napkins (commonly known as pads) but some still prefer using cloths.
For women using pads, it is always suggested to change the pads in a certain interval depending on the flow. While disposing of a sanitary napkin, it should either be wrapped in paper and thrown into a dustbin or buried into the ground or burnt. Safe disposal ensures zero spread of any kind of virus from the thrown-away pads.
It is very important to wash the intimate areas every time while changing the sanitary napkins as the germs which are trapped in the blood and the pads might be a cause of infection in the urinary tract as well as the vaginal tract.If one uses cloth, then the cloth should be washed properly and dried under to sun, so that it becomes ready for the next usage. It is important for every office, school and college to make provisions for the disposal of sanitary waste by installing incinerators.
Dr Das said that it is very important to wash the intimate areas every time while changing the sanitary napkins as the germs which are trapped in the blood and the pads might be a cause of infection in the urinary tract as well as the vaginal tract.
If proper hygiene norms are not followed (in extremely rare cases) it might be a cause of infertility. Along with personal hygiene, it is also important to keep the washrooms neat and clean. The washrooms should be cleaned with water before and after being used. Pads should never be thrown into the WC as it clogs the bathroom pipes.
If any girl or woman is suffering from Covid-19 and is admitted in the hospital or quarantine centres, the feminine hygiene rules are the same for them too accompanied by a good amount of sleep and rest in order to keep themselves away from stress.