How to avoid making the same period mistakes
Every month, if you’re a woman of reproductive age, you likely have your period for about two to seven days. Although by now you’ve become used to many aspects of it, there are mistakes you’re probably making that could make your period worse. Yes, some of your lifestyle habits during your time of the month could affect your monthly flow.
To help identify some of these common period mistakes, we spoke with two gynaecologists who share with us the dos and don’ts during your period.
You clean too much down there
Periods smell like, well, periods, and some people think you need to mask the odour with powder, soap, or any wipe you can find. But using these fragrant products can actually irritate your vagina. “When it comes to vaginal cleansing, leave it alone,” says gynaecologist Clair Paik. The best way to keep your vaginal flora healthy and happy is to cleanse the internal parts with water only. Dr Paik recommends avoiding any fragrant soaps, wipes, and shower gels, especially douching. As for outer parts, use an all-natural ingredient soap that doesn’t have the words “fragrance” or “perfume” on the label to help you feel fresh.
You wipe from back to front
Whether you’re on your period or not, it’s always best to wipe front to back. “This is so you don’t track bacteria from the rectal area to the urethra and predispose yourself to a urinary tract infection,” says obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Shree Chanchani.