We are likely to get fascinated and flustered with the idea of getting our very first period, but we often tend to neglect and pay attention to the need for ensuring good menstrual hygiene.

“A UNICEF study shows that in India, inadequate awareness about menstrual hygiene compels 23% girls to drop out of schools after they start menstruating. This is a stage where girls are often confused and scared as to how to go about their first period since knowledge on basic hygienic practices towards menstruation is often not well addressed,” Sharana Jhangiani, Head of Community, Nua told The Indian Express.

This Menstrual Hygiene Day, pledge yourself a happy and healthy period by understanding your body better!

Also Read: Menstrual leaves, tax-free tampons: 4 countries that prioritised women's health

Here are a few menstrual hygiene dos and don’ts that must be followed for all the first timers:

Choose the correct sanitation method

Starting from sanitary pads, tampons to menstrual cups, every woman must choose a product that provides her with maximum comfort. It must noted that only one method of sanitation must be used at a time. Using multiple methods at one go can lead to rashes, infections or even Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Clear your doubts by asking the right person

According to Jhangiani's suggestion, “Girls getting their periods for the first time are bound to have a lot of concerns, which should be addressed right away. It is crucial to understand that they will require proper guidance to navigate their way towards comprehending the significance of menstrual hygiene. Approaching an expert or a doctor is always the right way to go about this.”

Also Read: World Menstrual Hygiene Day: Yoga asanas to keep your period regular

Don’t let repression get in your way

It is your duty to ensure that your body is relaxed and comfortable at all times. Choose comfort, take rest and be relaxed. Try to look past any age-old myths and dogma which indicate that women should not indulge in activities during these days. It must be noted that comfort and hygiene can go hand-in-hand during periods due to the availability of an array of services and products in the market.

Bathe and wash yourself regularly

Bathing is the key to a healthy and fresh life. Regular bathing during periods is extremely important as it removes the excess blood that could cause an infection. It can also help alleviate the mood and reduce menstrual cramps. It also helps in relieving your period pain through mild heat therapy. For deep cleansing, a gentle foaming cleanser can be used to discard infection-causing bacteria.

Also Read: COVID-19 vaccine can be taken 3 months after recovery from illness, says Centre

Always be prepared with a go-to kit

“It is always beneficial to be ready beforehand with all the necessary supplies that you would require. Carrying a multi-purpose pouch containing intimate care kits will surely serve the need of the hour for ultimate comfort and convenience. After your first period, it is best to keep a track of the next period date through apps, which will regularly monitor your cycles,” Jhangiani told The Indian Express.