Let’s get right down to it: panties are too-thin pieces of cloth that don’t protect you that much. Be it from the hot and humid Manila weather, surprise visits from Auntie Flo, or even from sudden mishaps when your lady parts (or even your bladder!) decide to freak.
For these situations and more, panty liners are godsends. Thinner and smaller versions of sanitary napkins, liners are feminine hygiene items worn on the gusset (the center part that shields the vagina) of the panties.
Disposable liners generally come with an adhesive backing, while cloth liners come with wings to snap them in place. Panty liners may not be as packed or absorbent as pads, but they will keep you from ruining a good pair of underwear. Plus, they’re typically so thin, you barely feel them!
The question is: do you really need them? Here’s 7 reasons why you might!
7 REASONS TO ALWAYS HAVE PANTYLINERS WITH YOU
1. FOR MANAGING DISCHARGE
Bodily discharge, especially when your period’s creeping up, will always be inevitable. Few things are as uncomfortable as dealing with wet panties all day. Thankfully, panty liners exist to absorb the leakage, keeping your lady parts nice and dry. Plus, if it gets too much for you, you can easily replace the liner!
2. FOR UNEXPECTED MONTHLY VISITS
With all the things to keep track of, you may forget about Auntie Flo storming into town. Suffice to say, unexpected visits are never pretty. Panty liners protect you from any nasty staining, giving you ample time to run off to find proper protection before the levee breaks.
3. FOR THE LAST DAYS OF YOUR FLOW
Good news, your monthly visitor is finally leaving! At least you think so. In case of spotting, it’s better to be prepared with a safety net to catch the last dregs of your period. Plus, liners are so much more comfortable and cost-efficient than wearing pads, tampons, or menstrual cups you don’t get to maximize.
4. FOR LIGHT, POST-PARTUM FLOW
Imagine you’ve just given birth (congratulations!). While your uterus recovers, it tends to let loose some discharge that can get a little messy. Panty liners hold all of that in, keeping new moms at ease post-pregnancy.
5. FOR TOILET EMERGENCIES
Suddenly feel the need to pee, but there’s no toilet paper in sight? Panty liners keep you from soaking through your undies, absorbing the remnants until you get the chance to clean up. This also applies for people with urinary incontinence or a sensitive bladder they can’t always control.
6. FOR SWEATY SITUATIONS
High-impact sports like Muay Thai, CrossFit, or basically any form of sweat-generating exercise may leave a wet, unpleasant feeling between your legs. Or sometimes, you don’t even need to be exercising to feel excessively sweaty! Even simply commuting in the hot and humid weather is enough. Panty liners help absorb the wetness and prevent staining, especially if you’re wearing tight bottoms, or even white clothes. Everything shows up on white, so you’re better off protected!
7. FOR FEELING FRESH AND DRY ALL DAY
Panty liners help you feel clean and fresh all day, so you don’t need to worry about stickiness or discomfort down there. Especially during long commutes, long haul travels, or errand days that require *a lot * of movement. Let your lady parts breathe—you’ll thank yourself for it later.
BUT WHAT ABOUT YEAST INFECTIONS?
Let’s get one thing straight: where panty liners go, yeast infections don’t automatically follow. You could easily avoid ‘em by keeping these 4 tips in mind!
TIP #1: Choose a panty liner that’s made with a breathable material, like cotton, to allow for proper ventilation and to prevent bacteria from building up.
TIP #2: Opt for unscented panty liners, as the chemicals in scented variants can mess up the pH balance of your body. Your vagina already has a delicate balance in place, so don’t mess it up with artificial perfumes.
TIP #3: Change your panty liner at least twice a day, especially on extra hot and humid days or right after a sweaty workout.
TIP #4: Keep your lady parts dry any chance you get. A moist environment causes bacteria buildup. You wouldn’t want to deal with any irritation down there, would you?
WHAT PANTYLINERS SHOULD YOU USE?
Unlike disposable panty liners, these breathable cloth alternatives don’t contain any plastics. This means they’re not only good for your privates, they’re also great for the environment. Who doesn’t love a 2-in-1 deal? Plus, all you need to do is wash and dry ‘em before each use. They can last you forever with proper upkeep, so think of all the $$$ you’ll save!
1. Hannahpad Pantyliner, P360
This lightweight pantyliner is designed to be reusable for 2-3 years. It’s made with organic cotton and even has a leak-proof layer to ensure maximum protection. Plus, it comes in a variety of designs you can choose from to make this un-fun reality a little cuter.
2. Takeps - The Washable Sanitary Pad Takeps (Liner), P100
This washable pantyliner is an extra affordable variant that’s made with breathable, plastic-free textiles. You can even buy a Redbag to match it, which acts as convenient storage for your used liners.
In short: yes, you should totally wear pantyliners everyday. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!
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