From puberty onwards, feminine hygiene is really important. And not just because of your periods
It’s also because you start sweating way more than before, and the sweat has a stronger odour. Keeping the underarm and genital areas clean means smelling fresh and feeling comfortable.
Of course, staying on top of personal hygiene during your periods is especially important. Apart from wanting to keep the genital area clean and fresh, women are slightly more vulnerable to bacterial infection during menstruation, due to the change in the vagina’s pH balance. So washing the genital area twice a day not only means being confident you smell okay, but also that you aren’t at risk of infection.
Wash your genital area with lukewarm water. Be careful not to use perfumed shower gels, bubble baths or soaps that can have a drying effect on the delicate mucous membranes in the vagina and upset that sensitive pH balance. Stick to mild, unperfumed soap or just use water. And wash the area exactly as you would any other time – externally. Washing inside the vagina (known as ‘douching’) is a really bad idea, even on your period.