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Planning to give period panties a shot? Here are 5 things to keep in mind about this sustainable product

Updated on:22 October 2021, 12:46pm IST
If you are looking for an eco-friendly and sustainable period, look no further than period panties. Before you take the plunge, here’s everything you should know.
Shripriya Dhelia
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Period panties are cost-effective and a sustainable menstrual health and hygiene solution. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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One of the most striking developments in menstrual products in recent years has been period panties. Since their emergence, they have proved themselves as a worthy sustainable alternative to disposable panties that also promote free-bleeding and provide that extra protection to ward off problematic stains. Designed to look and feel like regular panties, period panties come with extra layers (four layers), and highly absorbent fabrics in the crotch area that helps absorb menstrual blood and also manage the heaviest of menstrual blood flows, with comparative ease. 

The five things that you need to know about period panties are:

They are absolutely safe and hygienic

Though there have been considerable negative words spread about period panties that they possibly contain toxic materials like PFAS (a chemical that is known to have links to cancer and other diseases); the fact is that they are all mere speculations. 

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period underwear can hold more than a tampon’s worth of fluid. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Good quality period panties use state-of-the-art, moisture-wicking technology to absorb flows, and wick away moisture from the body. Still better, they come with a pocket on the front panel that can hold a small heat pack that can be used to seek relief from menstrual cramps. Furthermore, they help avoid the risk of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) made possible by the fact they are worn externally.

They can be washed and reused again

Thanks to multiple absorbent layers of fabric that make them up, period panties can be washed and reused (a maximum of two years, if properly taken care of) as many times as you want. 

The second among the multiple layers helps to keep the period panties dry and odour-free. This means even if there is blood or for that matter, any kind of flow; or any moisture effect that can cause yeast infections or foul odour, they get absorbed instantly, without spreading any kind of foul smell around. 

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All you need to do is rinse and wash (they are also machine-washable) them properly later, preferably at the earliest. This will help get rid of any stains that exist. At the end of the wash, there will be no trace of wetness marks or any kind of smell or mark. 

They are far better than tampons / pads

Period panties are far superior and eco-friendly when compared to disposable items like tampons or pads. They need to be purchased only once but can be used many times, without the need to buy them again at short notice. What’s more, they are free of toxins or any kind of chemicals, making them great for the environment.

They are also less bulky, and need not be constantly changed. There is also no need to carry a set of period panties as replacements when you venture out or travel.

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Switching to tampons is a lifestyle change. Make sure you do it right. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
They are an ideal modern wear

Period panties are ideal modern wear that fits today’s lifestyle in many ways. Comfortable, clean, and cheap in the long run, period panties are also easy to care for; just a mere rinse and wash is enough to use them again after they dry. 

You need not have to bother about replacements or getting infected. Rather, you will feel free and liberated in the real sense of the word.

It is a worthy buy for the long term

Though a bit more expensive than ordinary panties, they are a quality investment in the long run. They can be washed and used again. This means that you do not have to buy a fresh set of period panties for a period of time, unlike tampons and pads which need to be replaced, once used or dumped once they get stained.

Period panties come with many absorbency options, from absorbent thongs to high-waisted pairs, and more. There is something for everyone, whatever the nature and quantum of flow or style. Add to this, they also come in varied designs, colors, cuts, and shapes.

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Period underwear are designed to replace your use of pads and tampons. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

They are definitely more comfortable to wear. Even though they include four layers, the inner layers are so thin that they can be barely noticed. They are wrapped within a super-soft outer layer that feels like regular, everyday underwear. Additionally, they are eco-friendly and economical in the long run. It’s the perfect choice for long-lasting wear.

The last word

With concerns regarding menstrual hygiene mounting with each passing day, demand for period panties too has increased manifold. That in itself is proof enough about their incredible versatility and usefulness, and how many people acknowledge their growing role in promoting better hygiene management, and eventually ensuring a sustainable environment.

Shripriya Dhelia Shripriya Dhelia

Shripriya Dhelia, Co-Founder, FabPad