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#14: Pads, Tampons, and Menstrual Cups?! Oh My!

Updated: Mar 22, 2023


Good Morning Ladies and happy #WomenWednesday! We are continuing our series called “Let’s Talk About Her” where we are going to learn, laugh, and learn some more. When Ruby Red comes through, we definitely bring out the “guns” such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, period panties, etc, to help us during our menstrual cycle. So check out my video because I brought 2 special guests that helps us with our menstruation. Furthermore, I’m going to share some tips/period hacks and PMS.

 

Hygiene 101/ Period Hack:

  • #1: Change your Pad every 4-6 hours - Changing pad or tampons within every 4-6 hours is the cardinal rule to establish vaginal hygiene. Menstrual blood, when released from the body attracts various organisms from our bodies, which multiply in the warmth of the blood, and cause irritation, rashes or urinary tract infections. Changing your pad or tampon regularly curbs the growth of these organisms and prevents infections.

  • #2: Wash yourself properly - Washing your vagina regularly is extremely important, because the organisms cling to your body after you have removed your pad. Most people wash themselves regularly, but not the right way--which is, using your hands in motion from the vagina to the anus, not vice-versa. Motioning your hand from the anus to the vagina can lead to the transmission of the bacteria from the anus into the vagina or urethra opening leading to infections.

  • #3: Be careful with soaps or vagina hygiene products - While using vaginal hygiene products everyday is a good idea, using these products during menses can turn things around. Vaginas have their own cleaning mechanism which comes into play during menstrual cycles, and these artificial hygiene products can hamper the natural process leading to infections and growth of bacteria.

  • The vagina is a self-cleaning organ. It is very important that you don’t disrupt its natural flora, and this is exactly what happens if you use regular soap or even specific cosmetic products for intimate hygiene. Doctors recommend washing the genital area with plain warm water without soap.


PMS

#1: So what is PMS?

  • PMS aka Premenstrual Syndrome PMS is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many women get after ovulation and before the start of their menstrual period.

#2: Symptoms

  • PMS symptoms are different for every woman. You may get physical symptoms, such as bloating or gassiness, or emotional symptoms, such as sadness, or both. Your symptoms may also change throughout your life.

Physical symptoms of PMS can include:

  • Swollen or tender breasts

  • Constipation or diarrhea

  • Bloating or a gassy feeling

  • Cramping

  • Headache or backache

Emotional or mental symptoms of PMS include:

  • Irritability or hostile behavior

  • Feeling tired

  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)

  • Appetite changes or food cravings

  • Trouble with concentration or memory

  • Tension or anxiety

  • Depression, feelings of sadness, or crying spells

  • Mood swings

  • Less interest in sex


Cause

Researchers do not know exactly what causes PMS. Changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle may play a role.These changing hormone levels may affect some women more than others.


Treatment & Home Remedies

  • Get regular aerobic physical activity throughout the month.

  • Choose healthy foods most of the time.17 Avoiding foods and drinks with caffeine, salt, and sugar in the two weeks before your period may lessen many PMS symptoms.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress.

  • Don’t smoke.

Over-the-counter pain relievers you can buy in most stores may help lessen physical symptoms, such as cramps, headaches, backaches, and breast tenderness. These include: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Aspirin.


Some women find that taking an over-the-counter pain reliever right before their period starts lessens the amount of pain and bleeding they have during their period.


But what about PMDD?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a health problem that is similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) but is more serious. PMDD causes severe irritability, depression, or anxiety in the week or two before your period starts. Symptoms usually go away two to three days after your period starts. You may need medicine or other treatment to help with your symptoms.


Resource:

Chhabra, S. (2017, May 28). 5 things to keep in mind for your menstrual hygiene. Retrieved from https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/wellness/story/5-tips-menstrual-hygiene-day-care-sanitation-lifest-979651-2017-05-28

“PMS Relief.” Womenshealth.gov, 16 Mar. 2018, https://www.womenshealth.gov/menstrual-cycle/premenstrual-syndrome.


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