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When a girl has her period for the first time, it is a distinct step into womanhood.

Sanitary pad is a pad of cotton or other absorbent material worn by woman to absorb the menstrual flow. Menstrual blood is contaminated so every girl should be taught on how to wear a pad and how unhygienic it is to use one pad for a whole day. A pad should be changed every six (6) hours but if you have a heavy flow then you may need to change it more often within a day to avoid diseases such as skin rashes, urinary tract infection, and vaginal infections etc…

But most of us go through our periods very secretively and don’t really bother to figure if our practices are hygienic or not. At times some of the ladies may wear the same napkin for a whole day, women in villages and smaller towns still use reusable unhygienic cloth during their period and since period is considered unclean, they are not even allowed to use detergent for washing the soiled cloth in some household. However, most of the women use sanitary pad during that crucial time of the month but usually choose different types of sanitary pad on different days of their periods or different methods of protection. There are some who prefer to stick to one type and brand. The best tip is to try and use one brand for one type of protection for a while to know if it helps your needs. Frequent switching between brands can make you uncomfortable since brands are as unique as you, they suit everyone differently.

Change regularly

Menstrual blood – once it has left your body its get contaminated with the body’s innate organisms. This applies to even those days when you don’t have much bleeding, since your pad is still empty but will have organism from your vagina, sweat from your genitals etc. When these organism remain in a warm and moist place for a long time they tend to multiply and can lead to diseases

Wash yourself regularly

Washing oneself more often each time you change a pad is more vital. Also, if you cannot wash yourself before you change make sure to wipe off the areas using toilet paper or tissue.

Don’t use Soaps  

The vagina has it own cleansing mechanism that works in a very fine balance of good and bad bacteria. So the use of soaps could kill the good bacteria giving birth to infections

Beware of pad rash

Pad rash is something that you might experience during a period of heavy flow. It occurs when the pad has been wet for a long time and rubs along the thighs causing it to chaff. To prevent this from occurring, try to stay dry during your periods. But if you do have the rash, change your pads regularly and stay dry. Apply an antiseptic ointment after bath and before bed.

More advisable also to wear loose and comfortable pants that will allow some breathing room and will not lead to any embarrassment. Also carry sanitary pad in your bag even when you not menstruating to deal with those unexpected situations. When on your periods carry sanitary pad, along with tissues and sanitizer to maintain hygiene.

How to dispose a used sanitary pad

A used sanitary pad should never be flushed down the toilet because it may clog the drainage system and lead to flooding of the toilet. Well after used of sanitary pad should be wrapped in a newspaper or waste paper and put in a garbage bin.


Story by: Aisha Adams/