CORONAVIRUS AND PERIODS: A GUIDE.

The global SARS COVID-19 epidemic is affecting the health of many humans around the world. The disease has forced people to rethink their decision-making process and adapt it around the novel norms of the ‘new normal’.

While most households are stocking up on various goods, people who menstruate have a separate set of concerns that go beyond food and toilet paper rolls.

With the lockdown extended, here is how one should prepare for the upcoming weeks:

HOW MANY PERIOD SUPPLIES DO I NEED DURING LOCKDOWN?

With the current extension of the lockdown and the genesis of a vaccine still days months away, frequent trips outside the house to fetch period products might not be advisable or a viable option. Harvard Health advises everyone to stay home and practice social distancing by having extra supplies.

Now what exactly is ‘extra’? Most people who menstruate keep about a month’s supply of menstrual products on hand. So under the present conditions, a two month’s stock seems like a good enough option. But do remember, that while you need your access to supplies, so do others around you. Hoarding the whole stash of sanitary napkins from a store would mean others won’t have any. Hoarding is not and never should be an option. One needs to be mindful of others needs too.

NOW IS THE TIME TO EXPERIMENT!

This outbreak is a good time to consider switching to the usage of more sustainable period products like- reusable menstrual blood collector cupwashable pads, or absorbent underwear, and find out what works best for you.

While we take immense precaution and care to keep out house and surrounding clean and sanitized, it is equally important to be vigilant in using sanitary products too. Anything made of plastic-partially or wholly- and silicon must be boiled before and after every use. Washing your reusable pads and underwear in hot water with soap is necessary as well. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after you change your pad or any other product that you use.

WHAT TO DO IF I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO PERIOD WARES?

Well as of today, sanitary napkins and other period supplies come under the docket of ‘essential services’. Thus, they are continued to be manufactured and their supplies will continue at normal speed. However, if people take to panic buying, then perhaps these resources might start to disappear from the store shelves.

If left with no option, one can always make pads at home with limited resources. Small pieces of cloth and tissue papers can be used to make a pad. Make sure you use a soft fabric to make your sanitary napkin so it does no itch you down there. Cotton can be stuffed inside the interiors of the fabric to lend it a more soft and comfy feel.

The link for the making DIY pads at home is shared below:

DOES COVID-19 AFFECT MY PERIODS?

Having to stay at home for such long periods without the company of your near and dear while a virus looms outside freely can leave a lot of us feeling dispirited. It can have us experiencing unwanted anxiety and uncertainty which harm our physical and mental health systems.

Stress may influence the vaginal bleeding patterns, pre-menstrual symptoms, or may lead to painful periods. Stress can cause irregularities, severe cramps, and can even stop the periods. Keep in mind that stress is most likely to be the offender of any changes to your cycle, not the virus.

If you feel that the virus is impacting you mentally and causing you to worry, its best to quickly subscribe to self-care therapy sessions involving: meditation, journaling, and reading, picking up a hobby, enjoying hot showers to ease the pain, and indulging yourself in healthy but delicious food.


|| By Amvi Misha ||

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