There has been a lot of talk and hype these days about period underwear. What exactly are they? How do they work? Do they really hold up and why would you ever want to wear them? Let's take a look and break things down.
First off, let's start with Period Leakage. There are two types of women, those who have period leakage and those who have period leakage! We've all experienced it at some point in time, maybe in high school (for some of us, even middle school). You know what I'm talking about ladies, that dreaded feeling when you experience a 'gush' or sudden 'flow.' It doesn't take much for a small leak to feel like a free-flowing river down there. Within a millisecond you realize that you've just started your period, and you're not wearing a pad. As the anxiety sets in, you're overwhelmed with the fear of leaking through your jeans while sitting in class. You are an expert at the art of 'The Tunic Tuck,' but today you're wearing a t-shirt. You raise your hand and ask to be excused to go to the restroom, but your teacher won't allow it! You're not positive at this point, but you're pretty sure that you've leaked through your undies and it won't be long before it seeps undeniably through the rest of your clothing. Period Leaks are never convenient and are one of the biggest anxieties most of us suffer around our periods, so you're not alone. But what can you do? Well, being prepared is your only line of defense. Keep reading…
Maybe you've started your period in the middle of the night? Again, ladies, you know what I'm talking about, the late-night shuffle to the bathroom only to open the cabinet and realize that you're out of pads. As you rummage through the bathroom cupboards in desperation praying that you'll find that ONE pad or tampon, something somewhere amid this disorganized chaos… just ONE to get you through the night. Been there done that? Wouldn't it be great if you never had to worry about running out of pads or tampons again? Well, there are some great solutions. Most 'Period Underwear' or 'Menstrual Underwear' are designed with an absorbency and leak-proof layer of material to help prevent your menstrual fluid from leaking through your clothing. They are an excellent option for those wanting a safer, more economical choice compared to chemically laced pads and tampons, or for those looking to have a backup. Maybe you hate the feeling of a pad shifting around while you're out for your morning run, or you're constantly waking up with stains on your bed sheets because of nighttime leaks. You'll be happy to hear there are options, but not all are created equal.
Period panties employ many different styles, fabrics, materials, sewing techniques (yes, even the type of stitching can affect how these hold up), and the list goes on. It takes the right combination of many factors to create a winning pair of Period Panties that really do hold up under pressure! Most of us can't afford 39.99 USD for ONE pair of menstrual underwear. As a Mom with three daughters, the cost seems outrageous to me! Some of the cheaper options only have a light, leak-proof layer, so they don't hold up during your active flow or have enough coverage due to their poor design. Worse yet, they seriously look like granny panties. And dont even get me started on fabrics laced with Nano Silver (that's an entirely different blog post coming soon...) 😲
The Padless Panty™ was designed by a Mom, along with her three daughters, who spent the last two years developing and testing various styles and materials. The Padless Panty ™ is a more affordable, effective, and stylish option for everyday protection. They are sold in packs of 3 offering both leak-proof and period-proof options. The leak-proof panties have a light absorbent layer, with full coverage from front to back. They are great to wear a few days before your cycle, so if your period should start unexpectedly, you're covered. They can also be worn towards the end of your cycle when you're experiencing light spotting. In addition to the leak proof layer, our Period Proof Panties have an absorbency layer with an upper mesh liner that acts as a barrier, so you're not experiencing that 'wet' feeling all day long, a common complaint with many other brands. Our Period Proof Panties are available in a poly blend that is incredibly smooth and silky next to the skin, or a Bamboo Brief that's luxuriously soft, antibacterial and moisture-wicking!
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Guest Blogger Anne Fricke is an author, performance poet, podcaster, mother, wife and campfire storyteller. You can learn more about her at annefricke.com