To have an itch for something like traveling is nice. But that kind of “itch” definitely will not be talked about in this article. We’re going to talk about the other itch – pad rash. Which is not that dreamy. So keep reading for some menstrual hygiene tips.
Can I rant for 2 seconds?
It’s not enough that we have to physically bleed for 4-7 days straight, we also have to have a rash RIGHT THERE where we’re bleeding.
The cherry on top this is the cramps, craving, headaches, nausea and an abundance of emotional roller coasters. Ironically cherries are dark red.
End of rant. Thank you.
OK. It happens. And in the real world when an itch occurs, you’re probably not alone.
Most likely you’re in a class or work meeting, or shopping (so, not alone) and you can’t think straight because all you can think about how bad you’d want to scratch that itch. It’s not a pleasant view, is it?
And plus, it’s not like it makes you feel better because if you scratch the itch, the irritated skin only hurts more.
That’s why we’ll answer questions like these:
- why does my vagina itch before my period?
- what causes pad rash?
- how often do you need to change a pad?
- how to get rid of pad rash?
Also, we’ll look into some home remedies for pad rash.
So let’s just dive right into it.
Why Does My Vagina Itch Before/During/After My Period?
To put it simply and short
your body is NOT happy that it doesn’t get to be pregnant – so hormones all over the place and NOT in the right levels.
Which really means that dryness is a very common reason for itching because estrogen levels are LOW.
Pads/tampons are not helping the situation, sister! Pads cause skin irritation during period because they soak up all the blood and it makes it humid in that area.
It’s the same as baby diaper rash, that’s why parents usually want to change the diaper right after they’ve noticed something has happened in the diaper.
BUT it’s not the case with women on their period. Why? Because we bleed more often than a toddler pees their diaper. So changing your pad right after some blood came out – well, that’s a bit expensive.
It’s the same with tampons, trust me. ESPECIALLY if it’s your last days of period.
Why? Because you must change your tampon at least every 4 hours because keeping the blood in soaked in cotton is NOT good. But during the last days, the tampon doesn’t absorb that much liquid, which means you’re pulling out a pretty dry tampon.
That just calls for more dryness, which leads me to the next point…
your vagina is still recovering from the dryness because it was experiencing bleeding with pads or tampons which kept the humidity and bacteria around that area. This usually lasts just for a couple days.
But all of this can be avoided altogether if taken right measures to prevent pad rash in the beginning.
What Causes Pad Rash?
The main factors usually are dampness and chafing.
We all sweat throughout the day, that’s totally normal. That’s why during your period, it is a must to maintain high standards regarding your personal hygiene.
Dampness occurs because you have a pad that locks in all of the sweat, blood, bacteria. Imagine – blood comes out of your body, the pad soaks it all in, and then you just keep walking with it, carrying around the damp pad.
Sorry, if this seems a not-so-pretty picture, but hey, Miss Coty is devoted to keeping things real! 🙂
Why do newborns get their diapers changed so frequently? Because you wouldn’t want your child to keep sleeping/rolling with a 1) stinky 2) dirty 3) full of bacteria diaper.
Then how come so many women/girls think it’s more convenient to put a pad in and just walk with that one until they get back home from work/school?
Even if you have a low blood flow, the dampness is still there. You’re not protected from rashes if you change your pad once a day.
You’re creating a small sauna down there.You’re just asking for rashes then.
Dampness often also goes hand in hand with chafing. Especially if you walk a lot during the day. If the area is being rubbed with something damp, it’s bound to become sore, or even a bit raw.
How Often Do You Need to Change a Pad?
One of the main initiators of a skin rash during menstruation would be the lack of changing your pad frequently enough.
If you wear one for too long, it gets damp, sweaty, dirty, full of bacteria, so you want to have a clean one down there pretty often. I mean, your period is a part of your life, it takes from 3-7 days on average. Make those days if not enjoyable, then at least neutral.
Don’t let mother nature give you one more problem (like a pad rash) to worry about.
So, change your pad every 4 hours! What? That often? Yes.
Think of it this way – why would you change a tampon every 4 hours but not your pad?
It’s still the same amount of blood, so why not take care of things down there the same way you would if using a tampon?
Yes, a pad is bigger, it seems that it could collect more than a tampon.
But here’s the difference… a tampon soaks up the blood, while in your body, then you throw it away and that old blood is no longer anywhere close to your body.
While with a pad we are willing to let it soak up everything and then keep carrying it around for WAYYYY TOOOO LONG. You wouldn’t carry your old tampons with you, would you?
Change your pad every 4-5 hours, ladies! By doing so, you’re saying to the pad:
Catch me if you can, pad rash! <– only, in a way cooler way than mine!
Keep everything clean down there, because skin irritation during period is not something that should be a common thing every month! No! Be high maintenance when it comes to your vagina!
How Long Does Pad Rash Last?
OK, it’s not a perfect world, right? You got a pad rash. What now?
Keep calm. Breathe. Eat some
chocolate fruits, they’re a better alternative for sweets.
The rash will most likely heal in a couple days AFTER you remove your last pad. The skin will have a lot harder time healing if pads are still in the picture.
That’s why babies are occasionally allowed to run around the house with a bare hiney. Why? It lets the skin chill and breath a bit.
That’s what your hiney and vagina need. Period.
What may help – aloe vera gels. Because of the cooling effect it has on the skin. It cools the skin, reduces redness and inflammation, so the itching will also lessen.
If you are allergic to aloe vera, you can Colloidal Silver Gel (link to Amazon.com) or any baby healing ointment.
How to Get Rid of Pad Rash?
So to sum it all up, here’s a table of pad rash causes on the left and the things you can do to prevent or treat them with:
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Home Remedies for Pad Rash
- Coconut oil has some serious healing powers. It helps with rashes and burns. Apply it to the rashes and leave it overnight.
- If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use quality Virgin Olive oil. It’s no wonder why it’s considered the best oil for your dishes. Not many people know that Olive oil can help heal your rashes just as well thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits.Mix together olive oil, honey, and beeswax (if you have it). If not 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup honey will be good too. It’s said to specifically help with baby diaper rashes, from a study made in Dubai.
Put it on several times a day and wash it off after a few minutes with warm water. Do this for up to seven days if you have a bad rash.
- A very cheap, quick, clean and easy method to reduce pain and itching from pad rashes is cold compresses. All you need is ice and a clean towelWhy does it help? Because by putting something cold on the infected area, you are slowing down the blood flow which also reduces the inflammation to that area.
However, DO NOT leave it on for too long. Put it on the area for max 10 minutes, then remove for the skin to relax for 10 minutes, then re-apply.
- If you’re looking for the best Ayurvedic treatment for rash caused by pads, then Neem is the answer. It’s perfect for rashes. Boil the leaves in water. Take off the stove. Let cool. Apply it on the rashes with a cotton pad.
Or you can boil them, blend the leaves into powder, add a bit of water and then apply it to the rashes. Once the leaves dry (they will go from dark green to light green) wash off with warm water.
- Chamomile tea bags.
That’s it. Make chamomile tea. Let the water cool. Put camomile tea bags on the itchiest places.Or you can make a big bowl of tea (a really big bowl for you to sit in). Pour boiling water in a huge bowl, throw in 5 chamomile tea bags, let the water cool down to a temperature you can sit in.
Sit in a chamomile tea, while drinking some chamomile tea!
I hope you’ve found out some useful things like how often do you need to change a pad, some home remedies for pad rash and just altogether basic menstrual hygiene tips. If you have some questions, do not hesitate, write to us in the contact me section or leave a comment. It’s a community of women helping out other women. 🙂