from Mumbai, India

From a daughter to her mother

Intimate hygiene and everything else you would want to talk to her about.

Hello mom, may I help you?

She’s been the smartest lady in the house. She’s fed you, clothed you and brought you up. She ensured you had the right frieds, the right advice and the right eductaion. Now it’s time to be the daughter she always wanted. Smart, caring and always around to help.

Periods have for long been taboo in Indian society.
Your mom has for sure suffered from these rules that were set everytime she had her periods. Unfortunately, some of them are probably so well trenched in her psyche that she probably thinks this is the way life should be. But times have changed and today education and information has empowered you. It’s time you helped her finally escape these harsh practises.

      1. There is a myth that women cannot water plants or cook during their period because their “uncleanliness” will spoil the food. In a study done, in a school in rural India, 55 percent of girls surveyed believed they could not cook or enter the kitchen during and 4 days after menstruation or food would sour. There is no scientific basis for this!

      2. It is falsely believed that food like curd, tamarind and pickles will disturb or stop the menstrual flow. Let your girl eat whatever she wants, as long as it’s healthy.

      3. Girls should not work out during periods! False again. In truth, real exercise can help relieve the menstruating women with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea and relieve bloating. She can still go to school, help at home, see her friends, play sports and do all the things she’d normally do. Just ask her to be a bit more careful than usual.

      4. Washing hair during periods causes infertility! There is absolutely no connection between the head and your period, other than keeping it calm and relaxed.

The truth about periods.

A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days. For most women this happens every 28 days but it's common for periods to start sooner or later than this, ranging from day 24 to day 35. Your period can last between three and eight days, but it will usually last for about five days.

The bleeding tends to be heaviest in the first two days. When your period is at its heaviest, the blood will be red. On lighter days, it may be pink, brown or black. You'll lose about 30 to 72 millilitres (5 to 12 teaspoons) of blood during your period, although some women bleed more heavily than this.

When mom and dad decide to take over and choose a career path for you:

      1. Talk in a language they understand.
      Initially, it may be easier to just explain the purpose of your industry, or the relevant role that you will be playing in it, in a language that they understand.

      2. Don’t just tell them. Show them!
      Engage your parents help in the work you do. Ask them for their thoughts and you might also find their experienced insight and point of view useful.

      3. Tell them how important their support is to you.
      The important thing to remember is that ultimately, your parents do love you and only want what they think is best for you. Put thought into what you’re saying to them and mean it. Because only when you mean it will it be effective.

When mom and dad take the onus of choosing your life partner for you.

Don’t fight and get confrontational, be gentle, because you care.

      1. Reason with your mum.
      Tell her it’s too early and tell her all of your plans for your future. Try and understand her point of view on the matter, while you tell her yours. Have an adult conversation and remember to always keep your cool.

      2. Play the switch card.
      Ask your mum to put herself into your shoes. She’s been though the same experiences you’ve gone through and it’s highly likely that at your age she had this debate with her mum too.

      3. Be affectionate!
      Cuddle her and give her a kiss or two. Make a joke about how you’ll make the worst cup of chai if she ever arranges you to meet any boy.

Ab Sehna nahin Seekhna hain

Did you know that 8 out of every 10 women suffer from vaginal infection at some stage in their life? But how would you? Topics like this were never discussed. In fact mom won’t even have the sex talk or use the word vagina.
So what happens when older women get vaginal infections? They suffer silently, too embarassed to talk, blame themselves, try and apply a home ready. If you care for your mother, you have to take the time to explain to her. Time she stopped tolerating and dealt with vaginal infections, the right way!

When she feels itching and burning down there.
Don’t ignore these signs of infection because without proper care it could only get worse. Use Clean and Dry Cream twice a day for 5 days. It is gentle and packed with the amazing healing powers of clotrimazol, which when applied to the affected area instantly starts the healing process.

How to use it?
First, thoroughly clean the infected area with water. Allow it to dry, and then gently rub Clean and Dry Cream until most of it disappears. Use just enough medication to cover the affected area.

Periods can cause extra wetness, rashes and odour. Solution?
Clean and Dry Powder.
It’s common to feel uncomfortable during periods due to wet san-pads that cause rashes, itching and odour. Maintaining poor hygiene during these days can also lead to infection. Just sprinkle some Clean and Dry Powder on your sanitary napkin or underpants. It will soak up the extra wetness and keep you fresh, odour-free all day long.

Why use Clean and Dry Intimate Wash when there is soap?
Because, the pH Balance of your intimate area is very low compared to soap. Using regular soap disturbs the natural balance and can even cause infection. With its perfect pH Clean and Dry Intimate Wash gently cleanses, soothes the vaginal area and keeps it safe from infections and symptoms like rashes, burning, odour and white discharge. So it’s time to switch to special care for your intimate area.
It’s time to learn and stop tolerating or hiding the pain we women go through. Speak up because you are not the only one suffering but you are the only one who can stop it.