A good intimate hygiene routine with Lactacyd can help you feel fresher and more confident, even during menstruation. Menstruation is a time of heightened risk of infection. This is because the mucus that usually blocks your cervix (the entrance to your uterus) opens up during menstruation to allow blood to pass out of the uterus. This can make it possible for bacteria to travel up into your uterus and pelvic cavity.
Changes in vaginal pH can also make yeast infections more likely.
Learning the basics of menstrual hygiene helps to ensure that you stay healthy and avoid infection during menstruation.
- Wash regularly: Wash at least once a day to help keep your intimate zone clean and avoid odor. Wash your hands before and after using the bathroom, changing your menstrual protection, or cleaning your vagina.
- Use the right product: Always use a product that is specifically intended for intimate care, because the skin of your vagina is more sensitive than other parts of your body. Always wash your vagina externally and never use regular soap, shower gel, or shampoo on your intimate zone, because it can upset your natural flora and acidity.
- Your clothes: Avoid tight clothing or synthetic fabrics that don’t breathe. Wearing clothing close to your vagina can cause increased moisture and heat, and can also irritate your skin. Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothing to help keep fresh and dry.
- Change pads or tampons often: Continuous use of the same sanitary pad or tampon increases your risk of infection. Prolonged exposure to damp sanitary pads can also irritate your skin.
- Use the right tampon absorbency: Always use the lowest-absorbency tampon that works for your menstrual flow, and never use a tampon if you don’t have your period. Using super absorbent protection can cause chafing or dryness.
- Wipe from front to back: Try to keep your vaginal and anal wiping separate, and always wipe front to back. This will reduce your risk of exposing your vagina to harmful anal bacteria, which can cause infection.
- Use condoms: During menstruation, women face an added risk of passing on or contracting blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B via unprotected sex. This heightened risk results from the higher concentrations of HIV and hepatitis B found in blood, as opposed to their comparatively lower concentrations in other body fluids such as semen and vaginal secretions.