Dread those monthly periods?
Dread that wet feeling?
Dread the itch?
Not to forget... dread the burning?
For years I too dreaded! I kept reading blogs and sites and newspaper articles. My mom felt my angst and tried to console me. I asked friends and they giggled. I asked the elderly Bua’s and Kaki’s and Mami’s and they said: 4 din ki to baat hai!
And then I became a dermatologist. Oh don’t misconstrue that my need to become a dermatologist stemmed from my piteous period problem! I had other reasons to become a dermatologist but studying the science of the Skin made me realise that I was ‘period’ically suffering for no reason!
Here is what to do in those ‘4 days of your life ’:
1. Under the garment?
2. To wash or not to wash?
While washing, you need not use special either antibacterial solutions or vaginal washes. Using a normal soap bar (again not antiseptic) helps. The lathering action kills the organisms as effectively as any antibacterial soap. When you use an antibacterial soap you kill the ‘good’ bacteria as well as the bad bacteria. In the long run, the loss of ‘good’ bacteria will eventually lead to an increase in infections in the groins. Antibacterial solutions are supposed to be used under the guidance of a doctor under very specific circumstances! Yes! I have shocked you, haven’t I? But I only speak with experience.
3. Pads versus Tampons?
Sounds fussy changing tampons so soon?
It’s really not that cumbersome. Why?
One, you will have to change them at 3 to 4 hours only on your heavy flow days... on light flow days 6 to 8 hours is the time limit.
Two, the comfort that you will experience will make you forget the fuss of changing!
These seemingly simple solutions worked simply superb for not only me but for my patients as well!
Piteous period problems were no more pitifully present!
So all my Bua’s and Mami’s and Kaki’s: ab sahi mayne mein... 4 din ki hi baat hai!