5 things no woman should do on her period

1. Don't use a wash for your lady parts

If you want to clean yourself, warm water is enough. When you use soaps, sprays, or gels to wash your lady parts, it can disrupt the bacterial balance. This can lead to a yeast infection, and other irritation.

2. Do not wear the same pad or Tampon for too long

Using a pad or tampon for too long can lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which can be deadly. It can manifest with high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting, and rash. Although, this is a very rare condition.

Try to change your pad as often as you can.

3. Do not take too much sugar

Sugar is inflammatory and can increase cramping. Refined sugar also causes your body to retain sodium and water, which leads to bloating and mood swings.

Salt also increases fluid retention, bloating, and cramping.

4. Don't take dairy products

Dairy products includes milk, cheese, yoghurt. They contain arachidonic acid. This acid worsens abdominal cramps. Foods like turkey, beef, pork, and chicken also contain high levels of this acid.

5. Do not have unprotected sex

This is never a good idea even when you're not on your period. Blood is a good medium for viruses and other bugs.

Therefore, transmission of STDs can be higher during this time. Also, it becomes easier for bugs to go from your lady parts to the cervix, and into the pelvis.

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