During the monsoon season, moisture is a prevalent source of infection. The vaginal area will be damp and moist while menstruating. Furthermore, the season brings with it additional issues such as increased humidity in the air, improper drying of clothes, and a significant risk of getting drenched. Menstruators are more vulnerable to rashes, chaffing, and infections as a result of the increased wetness.
We spoke to a period health specialist and offers advice on how to avoid infections and maintain effective menstrual hygiene during a season that is normally meant to be enjoyed!
• Airflow Is The Way To Go: Cotton and/or other breathable textiles should be preferable for clothing, especially undergarments. The goal is to promote airflow to the region and keep it as dry as possible. Cotton should be the first choice, and non-breathable textiles should be avoided at all costs because they retain moisture and restrict access to fresh air, both of which can be counterproductive to the goal of infection prevention.
• Make Tight-Fitting Clothes Your Enemy: Avoid wearing items that are too tight, whether they are undergarments or pants. These options will cause chafing of the legs and sensitive areas, which can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. Tight-fitting clothes not only add to the discomfort at a time when comfort should be a priority, but they also make staying dry during the monsoons more difficult.
Keep It Dry: Both external and internal factors contribute to an increased risk of infection. Bacteria thrive on dried blood; therefore, bathing the area, particularly the vulva, with clean water and mild soap should be an integral part of your menstrual hygiene practise. Do this at least two or three times a day and avoid washing the region aggressively. After each wash, pat the area with a soft cloth to ensure that it is completely dry. Again, pressing the skin excessively can cause skin damage and even micro-cuts, making the menstruator more prone to infection.
• Maintain Healthy PH Level: If the objective is to maintain a clean environment, it is natural to seek antiseptics and include them in your routine. This is not a good idea, as they are harsh and will kill beneficial microorganisms. Antiseptics interfere with and disrupt the PH levels.
• Frequent Changes and Other Options: Even while it is a piece of advise that should be adhered to throughout the year, monsoon season calls for a purposeful effort to minimize the time between pad replacements, depending on the flow. Even better, if menstruators are at ease, they should choose cups and other alternatives that can lessen the difficulties associated with dampness.