As other women struggle to warm up to using tampons during their period, more women are embracing the use of period panties. Period underwears are slowly taking over women’s wardrobes in replacement of period toiletries such as pads, tampons and menstrual cups. You might be wondering what on earth period panties are. Well, these underwears are panties that have been designed to be worn without tampons or pads and meant to soak up menstrual blood while still keeping you as dry as possible. Feeling grossed out? Don’t be. Period panties are actually a hit amongst so many women across the world because of just how comfortable and convenient they are. Think of a diaper but reusable and without the bulk.
How period underwear works
Period underwear looks and feels just like the regular panties you wear while on your period but better. These panties have however been designed to replace pads and tampons or be worn with tampons and menstrual cups for extra protection. They have an added layer of fabric, usually in the middle, to absorb your flow when you’re on your period.
Period undies don’t just come in one type, there are many unique and different types that serve different purposes. Some create an extra barrier of protection from leakage; others take the place of other feminine hygiene products. So be sure to check out the differences if you decide to purchase one.
Most of the period panties can be able to hold up to 4 regular tampons’ worth of period blood, without feeling bulky. How amazing is that? And if you’re worried about the wet feeling from blood soaking up in your undies, most these period panties are made from breathable cotton which draws away wetness – and dries fast.
How to wash period panties
Because period panties are reusable, they need to be washed after every use. Make sure to not wear these panties for more than 24 hours. The first thing to do once you take off your period underwear is to run them under cold water until the water runs clear. Once most of the blood is removed, you can hand wash them with regular bar soap or throw them into the laundry machine. Make sure to wash your period panties in cold water because hot water will only set the remaining blood in the underwear. Due to the high-tech nature of the fabric, you’ll want to hang-dry your undies outside in the sun.