-Dr. Sheetal Srigiri, gynecologist
Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022 tampon and menstrual cup: Every year on May 28th is celebrated around the world as Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day. A variety of menstrual tools are currently available on the market. Women are more likely to use sanitary pads. Women use menstrual tools with a choice of menstrual instruments, their ability to absorb bleeding, skin supplements and easier to use, as well as financial considerations.
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A woman is fertile between the ages of twelve and thirteen, which means that she goes through her menstrual cycle every month during this period. Today, this process seems to have started even in the tenth year. Bleeding during these four or five days of the month can lead to health problems such as infections and scars if hygiene is not properly taken care of.
menstrual hygiene products
Pads, tampons are disposable, and pads and cloth cups are reusable options for absorbing bleeding. Single girls usually choose the napkin (pad) option. It is suggested that married women use alternatives such as tampons, cups, etc.
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In some places, girls and women still wear old clothes during menstruation because sanitary pads cannot be purchased, are not available, or are hesitant to buy them. These clothes are washed and reused. Wearing such garments can lead to vaginal infections, as they are often not dried in the sun after washing, are not washed properly, and are not treated after the menstrual period. It is best to avoid its use as it requires laundry. But if it is not possible to buy and use the pads on the market every month, then the fabric fold option is chosen.
Eco-friendly cloth pads are now available on the market as an alternative to cloth pleats. It is worn inside underwear and can be washed and reused. Being soft and natural compared to sanitary napkins available on the market, its use does not cause scarring on the skin or friction on the thighs. Being recycled, it does not produce plastic waste like sanitary napkins, and it is also economical. However, if hygiene is not taken care of when washing and drying, women fear getting infected from the inside.
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This is the most used type in women. These compresses are disposable and are made of cotton, plastic and absorbent gel. There are different types like regular, large, ultra slim. The pads are expected to be replaced every four to six hours to prevent infection or scarring. If there is excessive bleeding, change it every two to three hours. Although it is easy to use and replace, the downsides are the monthly cost and the large amount of plastic waste it generates. There is a risk of health problems in the area if used pads are not disposed of properly.
Tampons are a kind of cotton ball. They are used inside the vagina. It can be used only once and should be changed every two to three hours depending on bleeding. Don’t wear a tampon for more than eight hours. If it remains in the vagina for a long time, there is a risk of infection or infection. This can lead to other complaints. Therefore, it is important to take proper care during use. It is also important to keep your hands clean after changing. The main advantage of this type is that the movement is not obstructed and can move freely. Not everyone can afford this option, as tampons are more expensive than pads or cloth pads.
It is a non-existent tool but healthy beneficial and respectful with the environment. It has one-time and reusable types. The bleeding is not absorbed but is stored in this cup, which is placed inside the vagina. After some time, the cup is removed and the secretions stored in it are flushed down the toilet. It is possible to use this cup without changing it for twelve hours. A cup is economically viable as it can be used for many years and does not produce non-degradable organic waste. Initially, it may be difficult to fit the cup correctly. That is why married women are often recommended to use this option. If there is a reusable cup, regular cleaning is required. Care must be taken when removing the cup. This can be a convenient option if used carefully.
Frequent cloth/pad change: Once blood is excreted through the body, it becomes a favorable medium for the growth of germs. Therefore, even if the discharge is low, it is necessary to change instruments frequently to prevent infection. It is also important to clean your hands and vagina and properly dispose of used tools.
Cleaning Reusable Tools These tools should be washed clean if cloths or other recycling tools are used. To remain sterile, dry in the sun without using disinfectant.
removal of tools
Once a tool is used, it must be disposed of properly after use. Bleeding can spread infection. After using the satin napkin, wrap it in paper and throw it away. The garbage truck sometimes has a separate compartment for napkins. In this case, the pads must be placed on it. Pads should not be thrown in the wet trash, should not be flushed down the toilet, should not be thrown outdoors.
If a single pad is used for a long time, it will get wet and chafe on the thighs, and scars will appear on the thighs. To prevent this, the pads should be changed frequently and care should be taken to keep the area dry. In case of scars, apply antiseptic powder or ointment.
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(This original article was published on December 18, 2018 under the title “Tools in those days!” Click here to read the original article)
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