Personal Care for Females Bathe regularly to keep the area clean. During menstruation, change tampons and sanitary pads often. Keep a record of when your menstrual period starts and stops every month. Practice consistent sexual abstinence. Have pelvic examinations performed by a healthcare provider when needed. Perform monthly breast self-examinations. Breast self- examination (BSE) is a method in which a woman examines her breasts and the surrounding areas for lumps or changes. A BSE should be performed once a month, usually at a time other than the days before, during, or immediately after a menstrual period. See a healthcare provider if you find lumps of anything else that is not normal.
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