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The Top 10 Intimate Hygiene Habits No One Talks About
Is access to sexual health education the norm for everyone?
As she tells it, Kaleigh Heard grew up ‘in a wild household’, with two athletic brothers who brought a daily explosion of energy and competition. Yet despite all of the rampant testosterone, the three were some of the most educated pre-teens around regarding sexual and reproductive health. This was thanks to their mother, a High School Physical Education and Health teacher who taught thousands of students about the ‘often uncomfortable, slightly icky, make you squirm’ kind of health.
Kaleigh Heard is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Unmentionables, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organisation. Grace & Green is proud to be partnering with them on their mission to provide undergarments, feminine hygiene products, sexual health products and related education to global refugees.
It wasn’t until Kaleigh co-founded The Unmentionables - an organisation that provides undergarments, feminine hygiene products, and sexual health products to displaced people around the world - that she realised how unusual this education was.
The taboos surrounding these issues are immense.
Women and girls are only just now feeling comfortable being open about their periods and fertility issues. Open conversations about intimate partner violence are only recently coming to the forefront because of brave individuals who are telling their stories. Men and boys are only just now gaining access to conversations on intimate health topics at all.
Kaleigh now applies her unique education – which includes two Masters Degrees in International Conflict Management and a visiting doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford – to providing relief for global refugees who have extremely limited access to hygiene products.
Yet it’s the early education from her Mother which has often been so indispensable.
The Unmentionables #Unselfie movement.
5. Going commando during the day has health risks.
Here’s looking at you, boys! We all know you do it. Some of you even brag about it. Ladies—we pretend we don’t, but we do. As great as it is when you have no clean undies left, not wearing underwear causes a whole host of problems because your clothes don’t have a liner.
Pants will rub the area and irritate sensitive tissue and cause chafing, and the natural moisture produced by both male and female intimate areas has nowhere to go, which can irritate the skin further and lead to yeast infections and jock itch.
This is why The Unmentionables provides underwear to displaced peoples—no one should be exposed to these kinds of risks without choice.
8. Poor menstrual hygiene can lead to serious reproductive tract infections and infertility.
Multiple intimate infections can lead to serious vaginal, cervical, and uterine infections for women and UTIs can have devastating impacts on men.
Repeated infections, for both men and women, can result in infertility as they scar and permanently damage the reproductive tracts.
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