Ok, we all want to know what this miraculous invention is.
As you might already know, disposable, environmentally-damaging period products have been dominating the world markets for a long time, making many people think that there’s nothing else out there. However, there are a few great options that not so many people know about. Take for example menstrual underwear.
Do you remember when you were younger and read all those teen magazines? How they said you could always have "period accidents" at any time, anywhere?
Even though we now know not everything written in those magazines is real, we are still aware that not even thorough preparation for your menstrual period can guarantee a life without any leaks or slips, or stains.
That's how they came up with the idea of menstrual panties.
What Are They?
Period panties are regular panties that provide extra protection from leaks during your shark week. This super-absorbent underwear usually have multiple layers to prevent any kind of leaks and ensure they are moisture-wicking, naturally antimicrobial, stain and odor resistant.
So, basically, they are regular underwear with an extra absorbent crutch that will hold menstrual blood in and dry a lot faster than your normal undies. They work pretty much like a regular pad, except that you don't have to insert anything for blood collection. The panties come with an absorbent gusset that collects the blood instead.
The backside also has a leak-proof layer that will save you from any "accidents" that might ruin your favorite pair of jeans.
Honestly, they are the perfect way to forever get rid of any leakages or mishaps that you sometimes get from wearing a regular pad or a tampon.
Gone are the days where you have to awkwardly adjust the pad stuck to your panties because they were poking you non-stop. Say Adieu to the pee-soaked string of your tampon wetting your undies.
Period underwear are sustainable alternatives for period protection, bladder leakage, endometriosis, incontinence, discharge, and sweat.
Another great thing about them is that they don't require a ton of extra care as you may have initially thought. Usually, you just need to rinse them after a wash, and then pop them in the washing machine and let them air dry after. And, as you already might have seen, they look way better than those huffy, dark panties you usually have reserved for your heavy-flow days.
Aside from the sustainability aspects, wearing period underwear makes getting your period less of a big deal because there's no major change to your day. You just put on a fresh pair of underwear like you would on a normal day.
An average woman spends about $4000 on her period over her lifetime, this includes tampons, panty liners, and new undies you have to get because of stains. Don't you think it's a bit much to pay for your period?
Don’t burn a hole in your pocket and get some reusable hygiene products!
Do I need to have an extra pair of panties in my bag every day of my period?
Most of our customer's reports told us they can confidently use one pair for an entire day, and then change into another one during the night- hello to white sheets!
But at the end of the day, it all depends on your flow. Nobody else knows your body better than you do. Some women with really heavy flow use the menstrual panties in combination with menstrual cups just for extra safety.
There is no right or wrong. It's all up to you!
Of course, now, you might be wondering how can one pair of underwear hold that much liquid?
The answer is simple. It's all in the layers. All 3 extra layers work together to keep you dry, clean, and fresh, all that while keeping their breathability. The fabrics are designed to pull liquid away from your body and trap it inside your underwear so it doesn't' leak out.
Now, if you are interested in a more in-depth explanation of the three layers, here it goes:
- First Layer: Dries the fastest and stores away moisture, stops any kind of smell, and fights bacteria, therefore helping you stay fresh and dry.
- Second Layer: Absorbs and locks away any liquid up to 20 ml.
- Third Layer: Comes with extra waterproof protection in order to provide with minimum chances of leaking.
This triple-layer set means your panties work harder than your regular pad does, being odor resistant and naturally antimicrobial, also by not letting your blood sit at the top, but being absorbed and stored away from your skin so you won't feel damp.
The greatest thing about our period-proof and pee-proof underwear is that they are reusable. So use them, love them, wash them, and reuse them.
How do you wash them?
Ever struggled to remove blood stains out of your regular underwear?
It's a tough game. Many of us give up on them and throw them in the bin, ignoring the fact that they will end up in the landfill.
The rest of us spend hours rubbing and rubbing the fabric, using different soap bars or chemical cleaning substances to fix out the situation.
But, Good News!
The period panties are a different ball game.
These panties are specifically designed to be bled into, therefore, they cannot physically be stained even if you want to.
Here are four simple steps you need to follow in order to get them back to their fresh state:
- Use cold water to rinse your underwear.
We recommend doing this right after you take them off. Rinse them until the water runs clear instead of leaving them soaking for a few hours.
- Throw them in your washing machine and run them a cold wash
One extra tip we recommend doing is put all your underwear in a delicates bag before popping them in the wash. Just to be on the safe side.
- Forget about fabric softener
It's best to only stick to fabric soap or detergent since the fabric softeners break down natural fibers in the period underwear and they make the fabric less absorbent. And that's a no-no.
- Let them air dry
Resist the urge to pop them in the dryer and let them slowly and gently air dry on your washing line. Trust me, you'll thank us in the future.
- On average a woman may use up to 20 tampons a cycle (240 tampons a year). That's a total of 9,600 tampons in a menstrual lifecycle. 140kg of tampons.
- 20 billion tampons and pads are being dumped into landfills each year. That's a HUGE amount of waste.
- The average menstruation span is roughly 40 years per person (11-51).
- Conventional pads can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags. And the polyethylene plastic in pads can take about 500 years to decompose. Our periods are literally outliving us!
Every single disposable menstrual and hygiene product you’ve ever used will outlive your great-grandchild and beyond.
Year after year disposable pads and tampons create tonnes of waste in the already full landfills. Believe it or not, they do contribute to climate change because they break down at an extremely slow rate and they leach toxins into the ground and release greenhouse gases.
I think future generations are burdened with enough environmental issues already. The fact that a few pairs of reusable menstrual panties can successfully replace hundreds of disposable feminine hygiene products, should be a good enough reason to buy them already.
We, as adults are responsible to educate future generations and provide them better, sustainable and reusable options when it comes to menstrual care.
What Else Can Menstrual Panties Be Used For?
These amazing leak-proof panties are great for women of all ages. From pre-teens to young ladies in high-school, from women exercising before going to work to postpartum mothers and beyond. They are the perfect choice for use during your period, for incontinence, spotting, discharge, sweat, odor, light bladder leakage, endometriosis, and more. They work great during the day, as well as during the night so you can enjoy a peaceful sleep.
Great for traveling
Don't know about you, but for me, no matter how hard I try to time events around my period, most of the time my plans fail and I end up getting my period exactly when I'm on the move.
And that can be inconvenient, right? You don't know if or when you will get access to toilets so you can change your pads or tampons. So you end up being a little worried, maybe somewhat scared.
But I left all this behind the minute I switched to period underwear. The freedom you get by using them is outstanding. No more unpleasant surprises, no more leaks, no stains, no weird smells- Hello confidence, Hello freedom!
Menstrual Underwear vs Menstrual Cup
Both of these awesome sustainable options are a great choice. It all comes down to your personal choices. If you prefer insertable feminine hygiene products, then menstrual cups are perfect for you.
We've also heard women combining these two together, wearing them at the same time for extra confidence. And we're totally fine with sharing the sustainable, eco-friendly love around.
However, we noticed a trend among young girls. They would rather go with menstrual underwear because they can be less challenging as nothing changes in their routine. They just wear a pair of underwear as usual.
Can you get TSS from Menstrual Underwear?
Short answer: NO
What is TSS?
70 to 80 percent of women in the U.S. use tampons. Some of them, depending on how they're made, might put women in danger.
I'm sure you've heard scary stories about toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a serious disease that is proven to be linked to the use of tampons. The main reason why using tampons was dangerous was because they were primarily made of synthetics, like Rayon.
Nowadays, based on different research, there were a few decisions made to prevent TSS.
- Tampons are made using less Rayon;
After these changes, there were fewer cases of TSS, however, they still occur. There was a case study a few years back and they noticed that out of 100 000 tampons used, only 3 to 4 would contract TSS.
However, there has never been a case of TSS in the case of all-cotton tampons.
What are tampons even made of?
As manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads aren’t required to disclose a list of ingredients – you can’t really be sure you are near or putting in your vagina. However, these are the most common things found:
- Most tampons are made from non-organic cotton, rayon, and other synthetic fibers.
- Non-organic cotton is one of the dirtiest crops in the entire world. They make up 2% of cultivated land while using 24% of the world's pesticides.
- It is known that tampons have been bleached with chlorine compounds, the process itself contaminating them with highly toxic dioxins.
So, why take the chances? Choose the safer, healthier, sustainable option.
Be part of the eco-revolution!