This is the part we all waited on how to keep it clean and safe. There are several ways that you can use to stay healthy and safe. The goal is to control blood loss and odor. To deal with bleeds, there are several things you can use such as: 

● Reusable and washable cloth pads 

● Commercially available pads 

● Tampons 

● Menstrual cups 


Period Hygiene

It is important to notice the smell and understand what it means. Clean blood usually smells like metal, it’s a smell of iron and it should not warn you of anything. 
The resulting “rotten” smell from bacteria mixed with the menstrual flow shouldn’t be strong enough for others to detect. You might be able to control such odors by changing pads and tampons frequently, especially during heavy-flow days. 

Clean blood usually smells like metal, it’s a smell of iron and it should not warn you of anything. 


A “rotten” smell can occur when a tampon is left in for too long or forgotten. This can happen at the end of a period when you don’t have to insert a new tampon as often and you have no further bleeding.

Feminine hygiene 

If you’re concerned that you may have forgotten to remove a tampon, try to feel at the opening of your vagina for the strings. If you can’t feel them, see your doctor for a vaginal exam to confirm. 

A “rotten” smell can occur when a tampon is left in for too long or forgotten.


Some women report a “fishy” smell during menstruation. Unlike other common odors, fishiness usually indicates a medical problem that you need to see a doctor for. This odor is most often attributed to bacterial vaginosis, a type of infection. It’s also a lot stronger than a normal period smell. 

You may have bacterial vaginosis if the “fishy” smell is accompanied by: 

● burning, especially during urination 

● irritation 

● itchiness 

● vaginal discharge outside of menstrual bleeding 

Bacterial vaginosis may be noticeable during your period, but it’s not caused by your menstrual cycle. It results from the overgrowth of healthy vaginal bacteria. 

menstrual hygiene


Written by Augustine Rutasingwa ( A doctor to be, Traveller),  you can find him on Twitter (#Daktari Mtalii)
and Nancy Rumazi( A Nurse, A writer ) you can find  her on Twitter   (@NRumazi)