•First things first, remember to change your pad every 2-4 hours. If you cannot follow this throughout your periods, at least make sure you do this on the first two days when the flow is heavier.
•Make use of biodegradable or cotton sanitary napkins or tampons during the menstrual cycle as they are soft on your skin and help reduce itchiness and rashes. Using menstrual cups is a great idea as they are environment-friendly and are made of silicone, they do not harm the skin as well. Besides, being reasonably priced they are easy on your pocket as compared to sanitary napkins and tampons.
•It is not a good idea to use two pads simultaneously. Some women who experience heavy flow during the first 2-3 days of their cycle, tend to use two sanitary pads at one time to prevent staining of clothes and control the flow. This, however, is not correct as it leads to infection in the vaginal area. A better alternative is to stick to one pad and instead change it more often if the flow is more.
•While keeping your vaginal area clean is a must at all times, it is more essential during periods. Use lukewarm water and mild or diluted soap to wash the area. In addition, remember to change your pads or tampons regularly to avoid infections.
•Wearing comfortable clothes and essentially comfortable cotton underwear that does not stick to your skin is important as it allows your skin to breathe and prevents the spread of infection. Sweat discharged during summers can be uncomfortable, and makes one’s intimate area moist and wet. Besides, go for cotton clothes to feel fresh and cool during summer.
•Along with menstrual hygiene, it is also important to keep a check on overall hygiene in scorching summer. Remember to stay away from anything that increases the retention of heat and sweat as this can cause the growth of bacteria and even lead to vaginal infection and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Moreover, do not ignore any type of rash or infection in or near your genitals. Besides taking care of your menstrual hygiene, keep in mind the following points to help you sail smoothly through your period during the hotter months of the year.
•Staying hydrated during summer is by far most important as it helps keep a bloated stomach at bay which can have an effect on your digestive system and cause gas, constipation, or excessive cramps. Drink at least 9 -10 glasses daily to beat the bloat. Coconut water is full of electrolytes and is also super period-friendly. It is hydrating and eases the excruciating pain and increases your immunity.
•It is important to be active during your menstrual cycle – indulge in some moderate cardio exercises, light yoga, or brisk walking. But better to avoid heavy weight-lifting exercises to avoid overexertion.