As if cramps, bloating and mood swings aren’t bad enough, periods can also bring unwanted pad rash — those irritating and painful red rashes or boils that can appear on your thighs and/or groin area during this time.
What are Period Rashes and How Long Do They Last?
Pad rashes are caused by heat and dampness when using sanitary pads for long periods of time. If treated promptly, pad rashes can go away within two to three days. If the rash persists or you feel extremely uncomfortable, do chat with your doctor.
The trick to avoiding the pain and discomfort is by practicing good personal hygiene throughout your period days.
Use Good Sanitary Pads
It’s important not to compromise on the quality of our sanitary pads as even walking can cause sanitary pads to constantly rub against sensitive skin.
Modess has many different types of sanitary napkins to suit your flow and lifestyle. Modess Dry Max Maxi Regular, for example, can help you feel fresh and clean during your period thanks to its revolutionary quick-dry cover. It features bigger holes, which instantly and efficiently trap fluid to keep you dry and comfortable.
Change is Important
Let’s face it. Changing pads can be a hassle, especially when you are away from the comfort of your own home. However, if you use the same pad for more than eight hours at a stretch, you are making yourself the perfect candidate for pad rash or vaginal infections. It’s generally advised that sanitary pads are changed every four hours, even on light flow days or if you are using extremely absorbent sanitary pads designed for heavy flow days, such as Modess All Night Ultra Thin.
Wear the Right Pad Size Size matters when it comes to sanitary pads! Wearing pads that are designed for heavier flow days when you don’t need them can increase the friction between your skin and the pad, so do make sure you use the right pad size to match your menstrual flow. For example, if your period has just started, then opt for a thin pad such as Modess Cottony Soft Maxi Regular, which comes with wing and non-wing options.
Wear Cotton Underwear
To prevent vaginal irritation, make sure that you always wear comfortable cotton underwear and avoid those that are made of synthetic materials. An extra pair of underwear will come in handy as well! This way, you can change to a fresh pair of undies in case of tagos.
Stay Fresh with Wet Wipes
Bring along a packet of unscented, alcohol-free wet wipes as part of your period survival kit. Wipes are great for keeping you feeling fresh and clean even during a long day out. However, do avoid scented wipes and those that contain alcohol as these could lead to irritation.
Wear Baggier Clothing If you are prone to pad rash, opt for looser clothing to allow for better air circulation, keeping you cooler so you don’t sweat as much. Baggier clothing, such as an on-trend T-shirt dress, is not only comfortable, but ensures things don’t get too hot in your sensitive areas! Do also try to wear clothing (especially underwear) made of more “breathable” material such as cotton.