Menstruation was once considered a taboo topic. It wasn’t openly discussed and neither were the products that were used to absorb the flow. Things have changed a lot over the years. Menstrual products have also come a long way. There are now many more options available designed to meet your needs during your monthly period.
Period panties are emerging as a great option for those that are looking for an easy and efficient way to manage their periods. They are also a sustainable and affordable alternative to disposable sanitary products.
How Period Panties Work
Period panties feature an absorbent gusset. Many brands use multiple layers for the gusset to make it absorbent while ensuring it locks moisture away. The absorbent material is designed to hold fluid. The absorbency of the period panties is often stated as a comparison to that of pads or tampons. For example, manufacturers may state that their underwear can hold up to 4 tampons worth of flow. This indicates that the underwear is of high absorbency.
Period panties are designed to be reused for many years. This makes them a sustainable option as well as an affordable one if you consider that you won’t have to purchase disposable sanitary products.
Period Underwear Myths Debunked
While period underwear is proving to be a revolutionary product, many people are still hesitant to try them. This is largely because of the myths that surround them. We debunk some of the most common myths below.
- Period Panties Are Ugly
Nothing could be further from the truth. Just like regular panties, period panties are now available in a wide range of styles and designs to suit different needs. Whether you’re active and prefer period shorts for comfort or you like to feel sexy with bikini period panties, you can find a style that meets your needs and suits your preferences.
- They Can Only Be Used as Backup
Many people like to use period panties as backup when wearing menstrual cups, tampons or pads. They are a great way to prevent leaks and therefore help you avoid embarrassing situations. However, period underwear can also be used on its own. You only need to find underwear with a suitable absorbency. For example, use high-absorbency underwear for your heavy days or for wearing through the night and low-absorbency underwear for your lightest days.
- You’ll Feel Wet
Period panties feature layers designed to lock moisture away. Many brands also include a moisture wicking layer that ensures you feel dry when wearing the underwear. You will only feel wet when the underwear is fully saturated with fluid and it is therefore time for a change.
To ensure your comfort, choose underwear with the right absorbency for your flow. You should wear underwear with maximum absorbency on days that your flow is heaviest and thinner absorbency for lighter days.
- They Will Have an Odor
With proper washing and care, your period underwear will not develop an odor. Be sure to rinse the underwear under cold water when you take it off to get as much of the flow out. The underwear can be hand washed or washed in a washing machine with your other laundry. Be sure to use cold water when washing. Avoid using bleach as well as fabric softener as these products will interfere with the absorbency of the underwear.
Try Them for Yourself
Period underwear will change the way you think about your period as well as your body. You may even begin to appreciate your body a little more for its wonder. Don’t fall victim to myths about period underwear. Give them a try for yourself and see what you think.