Period Panties: What Are They and How to Use them

Collaborative post by another author. Every day, people around the world choose to do without the conventional feminine hygiene products and try something new instead. With the growing concern for the environment and the need for more sustainable alternatives, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that period panties are growing in popularity. 

Image of two women wearing period pants in different styles. Image provided by and used with permission of Weekiss
Period pants come in different styles like these from Weekiss

If you are curious about them, read on. Today we’ll take a look into this comfortable, practical and environmentally friendly alternative to your usual period products.

So, What Are Period Panties?

If you have never seen period panties before, a simple Google search should give you an idea. 

Part of the charm is that a good brand (I personally like Weekiss), will look exactly like regular pants, but it’s much more than simple underwear. In fact, period pants are made out of an innovative fabric designed to absorb twice as much fluid than a super pad with none of the “bulky” feeling.

Just wear them when you are on your period and you will be protected for hours. Alternatively, you can use them as an extra layer of protection while wearing tampons or a menstrual cup. Once you are done with them, you can safely put them in the washing machine. 

The Advantages of Using Period Panties

So you've got the general idea of what period panties are, to help you decide whether this is the right product for you, I have come up with a list of benefits: 

  • So comfortable, you’ll forget you are on your period. I said it before and I’ll say it again: period pants are comfortable! Ever since I started using them, I have been amazed at how such thin fabric could make me feel fresh and dry for hours. 
  • No one needs to know. Wearing comfortable underwear while on your period will make the whole experience more care-free. Period pants can even be worn while exercising or playing sports. Nobody will even suspect you are on your period. 
  • Good for your wallet. Up until not long ago, spending a money each month on feminine hygiene products was considered just a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be like that! Reusable products such as period pants are an investment that pays for itself. If you take care of your period pants they can be used for years making it easier on your wallet.
  • Portable and great to travel with. Conventional period products can take up a lot of space in your luggage. Period panties are as slim as your regular underwear, so you can just pack those instead and enjoy your holiday.
  • Environmentally conscious. The great thing about reusable products is that beside saving you money and trouble, they are good for planet earth. Period pants prevent thousands of pads and tampons being discarded in the landfill every year. Most of pads and tampons contain plastic which will take 100s of years to break down.
  • Aesthetically pleasing. When we talk about period products, “cute” is rarely a quality that comes to mind. But who says you can’t feel cute and sexy any day of the month? Just browse the wide range of designs available and pick yours. 
  • Great in an emergency. If you are anything like me, you are no stranger to last-minute runs to the supermarket. Period pants spare you the trouble as they will be readily available in your underwear drawer
  • Perfect for young girls. If you are a mum, you might want to consider period pants for your teenager. Young women are often not super-comfortable with the idea of inserting a cup or a tampon, and might find pads to be a bit awkward. Talk with your child to see if it is something they’d prefer. As they are more absorbent than pads they can normally go through the whole school day without having to change saving the embarrassment they may feel of sneaking a pad to the toilet.

Period Panties: How to Use Them

So you are now considering purchasing your first pair or two of period underwear and wondering how to use them. 

It can be a big investment to switch over in one go so you might want to buy a couple of pairs and use them on your lighter days to see how you get on. 

Once you have decided period pants are the period product for you, you can buy a few more pairs. I’d say anywhere between four to six should get you covered for the week, but that depends on your flow and how long your period lasts for.

If you are buying them for someone else (like your kid) let them have a try so they can be convinced they like them. Once they familiarise themselves with the product, they’ll be likely want to purchase an extra pair or two.

For other frequently asked questions including information about washing periods pants read this post. 

Period Pants: The Bottom Line

I hope you found this read informative and you now know a little more about period panties! 

They have quickly become my go-to product and if you decide to give them a try, I am sure you won’t regret it!

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