What are period underwear and why should I start using them?

What are period underwear and why should I start using them?

Let's begin with what period underwear is

This is just regular underwear with additional layers and special fabrics (not bulky) in the crotch area to absorb menstrual blood and if you want to take a step further, any type of leakage. There are different types of absorption, depending on the heaviness of your menstrual period, - from light, moderate, heavy and/or super heavy. Moreover,the layers can absorb up to six (6) tampons’ worth of flow, with a moisture barrier to keep you comfortable, and a layer designed to prevent any leaks or staining. 

Period panties are designed to be used instead of tampons or disposable pads. And, as regular ones, they are designed to be washed, re-wore, and washed again. Pretty much like regular underwear.

Why should I start using them?

Beyond the comfort factor and leak-proofing, there are also the ecologically sustainable and economically smart reasons. 

Did you know that:

5,000 –15,000 - Number of pads and tampons (plus their wrappers and applicators) used over one woman's lifetime that can end up in landfills and our oceans.

The average pad is made up of 90% of plastic, making a pack equivalent to 5 plastic bags.

UD$18,000 - is how much a woman can spend on traditional period products over her lifetime. 

2–5 years - This is how long underwear can be washed and reused. 

If you are still hesitant about using period underwear, it is ok. We all have been there. How about you try them first on your lighter flow days. Or you can also use them as backup with other products for your period like tampons and/or menstrual cup. 

They are also great if you’re looking for a solution less irritating than tampons, more comfortable than sanitary pads, and less messy than using a menstrual cup. 

 Written by: Catalina Sardi

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