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Menstrual Panties:What are they?

Menstrual panties are now THE period protection that all women crave. Indeed, this extra-vaginal protection is very advantageous on many points, in particular on the replacement of tampons and the menstrual cup, which promote toxic shock syndrome, but also for the practical and ecological side.

Definition of period panties

A menstrual panty or period panty is an undergarment that is worn during menstruation. Thanks to its super absorbent zone, these panties act as lingerie, but also as periodic protection . It is generally thicker than your usual lingerie (about 3mm thick), which allows it to absorb the equivalent of three tampons and can be worn for 12 hours straight.

Generally, period panties consist of three layers:

  • A cotton layer that is in contact with the skin;
  • A hyper-absorbent fabric in vegetable fiber such as Herloop period panties in particular;
  • A waterproof fabric to limit leaks and stains.

Who can use it?

Any woman can use the ruler panties, regardless of flow, age, or lingerie preference. Indeed, there is a wide range of washable menstrual lingerie that adapts to your needs.

Depending on your flow, you have three possible absorption types:

  • Light Flow
  • Average stream
  • And abundant flow.

How to use it?

Here too, you have several choices. You can use it as the only hygienic protection, or if you are afraid of leaks, you can add an additional protection. In order for your cycle to go as smoothly as possible, we recommend that you have at least three or four period panties in order to make a rotation . In addition, this periodic lingerie can be used day and night, and it is very comfortable and pleasant to wear.

Is there a risk of leakage?

Most period panties on the market can be worn for up to 12 hours no problem. However, it depends on your feed. This is why it is important to inquire with the chosen brand, so that it can advise you on the most suitable model for you.

What about bad smells?

This is often THE question that comes up (even before the leaks elsewhere). The question of odors, a real source of anxiety for many of us. However, rest assured, the absorbent zone is made of natural fibres (bamboo or eucalyptus) which are antibacterial, which neutralizes bad odors for 12 hours.

Also remember to wash and especially dry your period panties so that they retain their anti-odour properties.

What are the benefits of period panties?

The benefits of period panties are many, but here are a few:

  1. Absorptive capacity . Indeed, period panties can absorb the equivalent of 2,3,4 or 5 tampons depending on your flow and the panties you choose;
  2. Comfort . If there is one thing that is essential during this period, it is comfort. It's constricting and painful enough, so no need to overdo it with uncomfortable panties;
  3. Practicality . The protection is 12h, but depending on your flow, it may need to be changed more regularly. However, unlike the cup, the period panties are easy to change and do not take up space in the bag if you do not have a sink nearby;
  4. The composition . These panties are free of chemicals and nanoparticles, which puts them at the top of the list in natural period protection;
  5. And of course, their ecological power . Did you know that the average woman sheds 11,000 pads in her lifetime? By opting for washable and reusable protection for an average of 3 years, you greatly reduce your ecological impact.

Are there any downsides?

To be honest with you, there are a few:

  • If your flow is really very abundant , there is a low risk of leakage;
  • For the swimming pool, this is not the most suitable protection. However, some brands are starting to develop the menstrual swimsuit , to be continued!
  • They are thicker than normal panties, so they may be visible through your clothing;
  • And you should always have spare panties in your bag.

How much do period panties cost?

The average price of menstrual panties is 35€ . However, even if the purchase price is quite high, you quickly recoup your costs by saving pads and tampons for about 3 years.

Tips for taking good care of your menstrual panties

In order to keep your panties for several years, it is important to take good care of them. For this, there are several steps to follow:

  1. Soak them in cold water;
  2. Rinse until the water runs clear;
    • Wash them with a stain-removing soap (without glycerin, as this clogs the absorbent fibers);
    • Or, put them in a delicate washing machine, in a lingerie bag if possible.