Whether you’ve got your first period or have lost count of how many over the years, menstruation comes with its own set of dos and don’ts! It works in your best interest to follow them, as not doing so often leads to major trouble you really don’t want in your life – especially not during ‘that time of the month’!
So, while you already have a good idea of what you should do during your periods (hot water bottles, plenty of water, and eating chocolates and fruits), you might not be well-acquainted with what you shouldn’t do.
In case you were wondering about the vital don’ts of periods, here’s a comprehensive list of stuff you should absolutely not do during your periods. You don’t want that kind of trouble!
1. Don’t Wear The Same Pad Or Tampon For Too Long
Irrespective of your choice between a tampon and a sanitary napkin, you shouldn’t wear the same one for many hours. Wearing one for a considerable period of time can increase your chances of getting an infection as well as skin rashes and even TSS (or toxic shock syndrome), which can be deadly if you leave your tampon on for several hours (1). So, if you prefer pads, change them at least once every 6 hours. As for tampons, once every 2 to 3 hours is ideal.
2. Don’t Use A Wash For Your Lady Bits
Actually, don’t use it even when you don’t have periods! Vaginal washes can increase the risk of vaginal infections and even disrupt the natural pH balance of your nether regions, which is contrary to what they claim (2). If you want to clean yourself, warm water is enough. Just make sure you clean in a downward direction so that your rectum is not contaminated. As for pad rashes, you’re your lady bits dry and clean in order to prevent them.
3. Don’t Wax Or Shave
When you’re on your period, your estrogen levels take a hit, which means if you get hurt during this time, you’ll feel the pain more than ever due to an increased sensitivity. This is why it is probably a good idea for you not to shave or wax during this time. Rescheduling a dental appointment that you have when you’re on your period is wiser too – especially if you’re going for a tooth extraction!
4. Don’t Skip Any Meals
At this time of the month, your body needs a lot of energy to deal with the cramps and the mood swings. Depriving yourself of meals will only bring your energy level down, so make sure you eat.