Lately many circulating sanitary napkins with antibacterial appendages, herbal products, and antidioxin. Lay people are not often confused in choosing a good sanitary napkin plus healthy or not cause new diseases.
According to Dr. Rachmad Poedyo Armanto SpOG, there is actually no particular category in the selection of sanitary napkins. The important thing is that the pads can absorb menstrual blood. “That is fulfilled when the pads are often replaced,” he said.
If you feel the pads are “full”, they can be replaced immediately. How many times should you change the pads? There are no special provisions. Because the amount of menstrual blood that comes out is very individual.
In the early period of menstruation, menstrual blood comes out very much. If so, someone needs to change pads more often. “In a day, you can replace sanitary napkins more than three times,” said the obstetrics and gynecology specialist from the Mitra Keluarga Waru Hospital.
Rachmad said the vaginal acidity ranged from pH 4.5. Menstruation actually produces secretions that tend to be alkaline. Therefore, menstrual blood in sanitary napkins that are not immediately cleaned can be a bacterial or fungal growth medium.
Plus, during menstruation, the atmosphere in the pubic area tends to be moister. As a result, bacteria and fungi multiply more and more. “Frequently changing pads reduces blisters on the pubic area,” he explained.
Rachmad thinks that there is no need to use special sanitary napkins with additional antibacterial, anti-dioxin, or herbal ingredients. Because menstrual blood comes out of the intercourse. In the area, there is germ flora that maintains vaginal acidity. “Antibacterials in sanitary napkins only work in the public area. Not to enter into the intercourse and vagina. So, in my opinion, it’s useless to use the sanitary napkins, “he explained.
If you rarely change pads, of course, germs will multiply. “So, the point is often to change pads,” said Rachmad.