Monday, July 6, 2020

Mother didn’t tell me when she was a child

Menstrual care

1. Change frequently

On days with a lot of volume, ordinary sanitary napkins are very easy to breed bacteria. I have read a data that the number of bacteria on the surface of the sanitary napkin after two hours of use is more than that on the toilet seat. And women's immunity during menstruation is reduced and they are more susceptible to infection than usual. Therefore, it is better to keep the frequency of replacement for 2 hours on days when there is a lot of volume. When there is a small amount, you have to change it once every 3-4 hours at most.

Do not use absorbent sanitary napkins in order to reduce the frequency of replacement during the day. The practice of "not changing all day" is not only harmful to health but also prone to skin discomfort. The highly absorbent sanitary napkin is suitable for use when the flow rate is particularly high and when it is inconvenient to change frequently at night.

2. Focus on choosing quality

When choosing sanitary napkins, pay attention to choosing well-known brands. In addition, remember three things: sanitary licenses need to have a sanitation license and implemented standard number (usually followed by a series of numbers after the beginning of GB). The last point depends on the shelf life, which is easy to overlook, but important. Sanitary napkins are usually sterilized and sterilized. After the shelf life, bacteria are likely to breed.

3. Choose Yishuang mesh and fragranced products carefully

Sanitary napkins are usually divided into "dry" and "cotton soft". Although the dry mesh surface absorbs faster, it is more likely to cause uncomfortable feelings such as itching and tingling in the lower body. Sensitive body should be careful. And like the first one I said, dry mesh surface is also easy to cause infrequent changes, increasing the probability of bacteria breeding. I would recommend everyone to choose cotton soft type, more skin-friendly and comfortable.

Many sanitary napkins are also classified as "odorless" and "scented". Generally, scented ones are also more sensitisable. Moreover, I personally feel that those artificial fragrances are mixed with the smell of menstrual blood, but on the contrary, they are very intoxicating and are not recommended.

4. Pay more attention to personal hygiene during menstruation

I was taught that "I can't wash my hair during menstruation" when I was young, and I didn't realize it was a misunderstanding until I grew up. At that time, my mother's generation had poor living conditions, so I had such an experience that I had to compromise. But menstruation is a stage in which women's immunity is weak. If you do not pay attention to personal hygiene, it is easier for bacteria to enter.

You can wash your hair during menstruation. It is recommended to take a shower, and dry your hair in time. In addition, remember to change your underwear frequently and sanitary napkins frequently. Wash your hands before and after using the sanitary napkin.

Product choice

I remember that after I went to college, I used the first "international brand" sanitary napkins that my girlfriends gave me. It was really like opening a new world, much better than the products that my mother had always asked me to use. After that, I have been constantly trying. The following will share with you the experience of using different products.

1. Ordinary sanitary napkin


Ordinary sanitary napkins are "friends" that every woman is familiar with. The biggest advantage is the ease of use and the variety of models. From slim pads to 41cm extra long sanitary napkins (there is a girl with a length of 160cm that is not as high as four sanitary napkins), including the now-derived pants-style relief pants, the choice of traditional sanitary napkins is the most abundant .

2. Liquid sanitary napkin


Don't be fooled by the name, the liquid sanitary napkin is still in the form of a piece. Because the absorbent material FlexFoam used in the liquid sanitary napkin is derived from liquid and can absorb 10 times its own weight of liquid, it is called a liquid sanitary napkin.

After being liquidized by sanitary napkins, I abandoned traditional sanitary napkins. Compared with traditional sanitary napkins, the comfort of liquid sanitary napkins has been significantly improved, making them more breathable, dry, and more body-friendly.

Because the surface is very dry, when using liquid sanitary napkins, it is easy to produce the illusion that it is not full. In fact, the bottom may be full. Therefore, remember to use liquid sanitary napkins more frequently.

Although there are many benefits, it is said that the style of domestic liquid sanitary napkins is very limited, and there is no particularly long, fan-tailed model, so if you turn over more while sleeping, it is easy to leak. Another disadvantage is that it is a bit more expensive than traditional sanitary napkins. If you haven’t used it, you can buy a pack of daily use first. Don’t store it all at once. What if you are not used to it?



This was something I tried only after I went abroad. After mastering the usage habits, I really felt that the previous "uncomfortable" really suffered. Because of the design of the sliver, blood is absorbed without oxidation, so there is no problem of odor during the physiological period. In the hot and humid summer, the comfort of the sliver is really unmatched by sanitary napkins.

The tampon is divided into finger type (digitaltampons) and catheter type (applicatortampon). The difference is that one uses a finger to directly feed the sliver, and the other uses a catheter to push in the sliver. I prefer catheterized slivers, which are clean and hygienic and more acceptable to newcomers who are new to the sliver. If you have the habit of manicure and like to keep long nails or diamonds and other decorations, then the catheter-type sliver will also be more suitable.

The sliver is also divided into models, generally there are three types of large flow, medium flow and low flow, and the appropriate model is selected according to different stages of menstruation. If you are using a sliver for the first time, I suggest starting with a medium or low flow sliver in the middle and late periods.

After the sliver is correctly inserted, it should hardly feel its existence. It may be too shallow for the first use. If there is obvious foreign body sensation, it should be removed and replaced with a new sliver. Too. This is something I want to remind everyone in particular. Don’t give up after trying it once and feeling uncomfortable. Practice a few more times, it is really very convenient after proficiency.

The left side is the catheter type, the right side is the finger type

I know that everyone has a lot of worries about tampons. When I used it for the first time, I was still under a lot of pressure (covering my face~). So today I want to write it out and tell you all.

The cotton thread of the tampon can withstand the pulling force of more than 3KG, and is firmly fixed inside the tampon with a knot, so unless intentionally damaged, normal use will never pull that thread.

There have been news of girls using cotton slivers to kill or amputate before, so that many people will change color when they hear the cotton slivers. It is TSS (toxic shock syndrome) that caused the tragedy. TSS is a rare condition, and the tampon itself will not cause TSS, and improper use of sliver will increase the risk of TSS.

First of all, the sliver needs to be replaced every 4-6 hours, and the longest should not exceed 8 hours. Overtime use will increase the risk of TSS. Therefore, it is best not to use slivers at night. In addition, choose the appropriate sliver model, do not blindly choose the model of large flow rate for laziness.

Menstrual Cup


Menstrual cups have been popular in some countries for some time. The first reason they are highly respected is that they are particularly environmentally friendly and affordable. It is said that a menstrual cup can be used for 10 to 20 years when used correctly. In addition, it can stay in the body more than a sliver. For a long time, there is no risk of TSS.

I didn’t use a menstrual cup, so I asked a friend who used a menstrual cup. The menstrual cup is made of medical silica gel, which is soft and elastic, and will not cause a large friction when the sliver is taken out due to insufficient absorption. The advantage is that it is more airtight than the sliver, and the correct placement ensures that the menstrual cup is fully deployed without side leakage.

The shortcomings of the menstrual cup are also quite obvious. For novices, how to put in the menstrual cup requires repeated practice. It is deeper, it is difficult to remove, and it is shallower, and it has a foreign body sensation. Its cost performance must be reflected through long-term use, and the cost of the first attempt is still very high. Of course, it is not suitable for long nails like fingertip tampon. If the gynecological inflammation is serious, it is not recommended to use a menstrual cup.

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