Irritated Skin From Sanitary Pads

Nowadays, there is a huge amount of feminine hygiene products, and sanitary pads are one of the most popular. They are both convenient to use and almost invisible. However, it is up to a certain time. Some women may suffer from allergic reactions caused by these pads.


Causes of allergy

For sure, sanitary pads help to prolong the “life” of your underwear and allow feeling freshness and cleanness longer than usual; however, their frequent use may play a cruel trick. The surface of these hygiene products usually consists of synthetic materials, and therefore, while tightly adhering to the body, they often cause irritation and allergic reaction.

But wait there is more. Allergy can be triggered by a special absorbent powder, which is inside the pad, as well as by perfumes and dyes composing the personal hygiene product. Tampons may be a solution in this case, as they are made of natural materials and cotton wool and often become irreplaceable during heavy menstrual bleeding.

Daily pads are also a common cause of severe skin irritation. Many experts argue that, despite the main function of daily pads (cleanliness and dryness), these hygiene products can cause bacterial cystitis, vulvovaginal candida or vaginitis, because microbes are much likely to reproduce on such surface.

According to doctors’ opinion, a healthy woman does not need to use such products as pads on a daily basis. It is enough to use them only before and after menstruation. Daily pads are excellent assistants in a journey, in the country and outdoors, but in general, you can easily maintain cleanliness without them. Just change your underwear and take a shower in time.


How can I understand that I am allergic to pads?

Each woman has an allergic reaction to pads, which may manifest in different ways: ranging from a slight itching at the end of period up to severe skin redness and even swelling in the clitoral and vaginal area as early as the first day of using pads.

Sometimes using pads may cause painful urination and profuse discharge. Some women develop an allergic reaction immediately after bikini hair removal and using the pads that adhere tightly to the body.


What should I do?

To protect yourself and avoid such an unpleasant problem, you should get rid of the habit of wearing daily pads every day, and also try to take a shower and change your underwear regularly.

Please remember that it is better not to use daily pads at night. It is important to replace them every 3-4 hours in the daytime. When buying pads, pay attention to their composition; avoid flavoured products and give preference to neutral or hypoallergenic pads.

To prevent an allergic reaction to pads, store the package after opening not in the bathroom, but in a dry and clean place. This will keep the microbes from penetrating into the package and multiplying.

Please do not worry. You can maintain a sensation of well-cared-for and cleanness and at the same time not to face such troubles as an allergy to pads if you follow basic hygiene rules:

  • Do not use ordinary gels or soap to clean your lower parts, otherwise you can disrupt the normal microflora and help the pathogens to multiply. Purchase a special intimate hygiene product, which is designed specifically for the skin in the genital area. Thus, you will protect yourself from an unpleasant odour, itching and irritation, pain and profuse discharge. Some experts insist that one should use only hot water to wash; however, it is very personal. You have the right to use an additional intimate hygiene product that is suitable for you
  • Remember that you need to wash yourself, treating only the outer side of the vagina with water and an intimate hygiene product in the “pubis-anus” direction. If possible, try to wash the genitals at least twice a day
  • Do not use a sponge: you can damage the delicate skin of private parts
  • Please bare in mind that you should not direct water stream towards the vagina, because it can wash away the natural protective lubricant (which may cause ingress of infection)
  • It is recommended to wipe intimate zones with an individual soft towel, which should be changed every 2 days
  • Try not to buy synthetic underwear; prefer linen or cotton one. Thus, you will ensure the necessary air circulation and minimize the risk of microbe multiplication
  • Take time to wash your lower parts before and after intercourse. This is important for both female and male health
  • Avoid sex during menses in order not to infect the vagina
  • Try to replace the pads every 2-4 hours and tampons – every 2-3 hours during period. Do not forget to wash your hands before changing the pads and inserting tampons. Do not leave a tampon inside your vagina when you go to bed.

Get rid of allergies to pads and stay healthy!


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