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5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Menstruation

Many questions have been asked about menstruation and the dos and don’ts of it. So, listed below are 5 things every woman should know about menstruation, as responses to the 5 most asked questions about menstruation.

  1. Can I Make Use Of Tissues?

Now this one is an epic NO! Tissues have particles that can attract dust mites and cause rashes in your vagina or other skin infections. Secondly, they are not as absorbent as sanitary pads or tampons, especially when you have a heavy menstrual flow. And unlike sanitary pads tissues do not stay permanently on your panties and can accidentally fall out if you’re not very careful. You do not want to get embarrassed by this public. Finally, you will have to change your tissue very frequently to avoid getting stained and this can be very embarrassing. You really don’t want to be stepping out of class or a meeting every hour to go to the ladies.

2. Why Do I Visit The Toilet More?

The answer is . There are certain chemicals signals girls’ and womens’ bodies make called prostaglandins. These chemicals are sent to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. If the body sends enough of them to the uterus, some stray prostaglandins will make it over to the bowel, which is located nearby. There, they also tell the bowel to contract, thus the urge to want to visit the loo.

3. How Often Must I Change My Pads?

As often as it takes to avoid overflow! This depends on how heavy your flow is and the kind of pad you are using. Pads come in all different absorbencies, so match up the pad absorbency with your flow. No matter how heavy your flow is though, you should change your pad at least every 3 or 4 hours so you don’t end up with an odor from bacteria that can grow in the blood. Ewww!

4. Do Sanitary Pads Expire?

Unfortunately sister, Yes, they do expire!
 “It’s usually after five years,” Dr Brad McKay, GP said in an interview. “There is a risk of fungus and bacteria growing on the pad or tampon, and then when you’re putting that inside, you could be producing a horrible fungal infection.” He then adds that although typical tampons and pads do expire after five years, it’s important to note that they may expire far earlier than that, especially when left in hot or humid weather.

5. How Best Can I Dispose My Pads?

The best way remains to dispose in a bin. They are never to be flushed in the toilet. Some people believe it is best to burn them, but given that the material used to make sanitary pads is essentially plastic, the used pads are non-biodegradable, which means that they will stay in the landfill for about 800 years, and the fumes contain toxic gases like dioxins and furans which are harmful.

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