The menstrual cycle is a continuous event that accompanies women for many years, extending from puberty to menopause, so women always try to know all the information related to menstruation, so we find women wondering about the cleanliness of the vagina during the menstrual cycle, and how to take care of it.

In this article, we explain the importance of cleaning the vagina during the menstrual cycle, without disturbing the bacterial balance inside it and the pH, and we know is it possible to shower during the cycle?

menstrual blood

Some women feel a sense of uncleanliness and dirt during the menstrual cycle, but it is important to realize that menstrual blood can cause distress, inconvenience, and bloodstains, but it is a necessary part of the menstrual cycle, and is evidence of the health of the reproductive system and continued fertility.

Blood comes from the lining of the uterus, which is prepared to nourish and protect the prospective fetus, and in the event that pregnancy does not occur, that lining is cut off and descends from the uterus through the vagina to the outside. (1)

Tips for vaginal hygiene during menstruation

It is important to take care of washing the vagina and the area around it constantly with clean water throughout the menstrual period, in addition to a number of tips that ensure the cleanliness of the vagina during the menstrual cycle, including the following:

  1. Not to use tissues to receive blood instead of sanitary napkins designated for that.
  2. Stay away from tampons and scented pads, or containing products such as aloe vera, as they may cause dermatitis, and this is a rule of vaginal hygiene during menstruation.
  3. Avoid washing the vagina vigorously or using a vaginal douche, to prevent changes in the vagina, which may increase the chances of bacterial infection.
  4. It is enough with water only to clean the vagina from the inside, and the legs can be washed with water and unscented soap, which is one of the most important tips for vaginal hygiene.
  5. Changing tampons or tampons every 3 or 4 hours, and avoiding super absorbent tampons that can be left in for 8 hours, can cause infection, a rare and deadly infection that spreads in the bloodstream.
  6. Drinking enough water during menstruation keeps the vagina moist, reduces bloating and swelling, and helps clean the vagina of secretions.
  7. Not washing and reusing sanitary napkins, this spreads germs and picks up, but must be used once and then disposed of.
  8. Preventing rashes: Constant wetness can cause a rash on the vagina. Women protect themselves from rashes by applying a cream to treat rashes after bathing and before bed, in addition to changing sanitary pads frequently. (2)(4)(5)

Bathing during menstruation

There are many myths about bathing during the menstrual cycle, some of them claim that bathing causes weak blood flow, or increases it if the water is hot, and some warn completely against bathing during menstruation, all of these ideas are myths and there is no scientific basis for them.

Bathing helps to clean the vagina during the menstrual cycle, and reduces the chances of inflammation and skin irritations, in addition to giving women a feeling of freshness.

Bathing ensures that the vagina is cleaned of the unpleasant smell at the time of menstruation, helps women relax, reduces muscle spasm and contraction, lowers back pain, headaches, and helps sleep.

Hot bath water also helps stimulate blood circulation, which reduces blood and fluid retention and relieves pressure on the nerves, so the annoying decreases. Hot water also relieves gas and constipation associated with the menstrual cycle. (3)