Is Leak-Proof Underwear Going to Revolutionize Our Periods?
Make it last editor Johanna Andersson sheds some light on the new ‘period-proof panties’ and shares the reasons why she'd consider giving them a go.
I’m a big fan of the menstrual cup, so are my colleagues, and have been using it for two years or so. I truly feel like it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me; completely life-changing. Not at all a fan of pads, I was always using tampons before. I guess my period is moderate, so I had to change my tampon about 1-2 times during the day, which I hated, and never felt completely certain that they weren’t going to leak. And a couple of days into my period, I also got super dry and irritable up to the point when inserting a tampon actually hurt, and it totally messed up my pH balance.
I know that many women struggle with their cups at first, and so did I. I remember telling my friends that I felt like I’d been molested the first time (yes, I do like to exaggerate), but didn’t give up and actually got the hang of it pretty soon after that (my best tip is using an intimacy gel for extra glide).
And the reason why I didn’t give up was partly because I instantly noticed a huge difference – my vagi-gi felt happy and normal during a period for the first time in my life – and I only had to empty the cup once in the morning and once in the evening (this, however, I still find to be equally horrifying and fascinating); no more sneaking off to the toilet during lunch breaks to change.
My medical-grade silicone cup from Organicup has literally never leaked, that I can remember – not even during MMA training or Yoga practise. Totally secure, stress free and eco-friendly; and it lasts for years.
But that’s just me, and everybody’s different!
Now to what I really wanted to talk about: period-proof panties. You know you’re living in a time of female progression when the number of products for menstrual protection suddenly increases by about 200%. I haven’t tried out the panties, and I must say I’m feeling sort of sceptical. The idea of bleeding freely into your underwear will take some time getting used to, but there are other things about them that sound much more appealing.
For instance: Just like the cup, they’re reusable, which means you don’t have to keep wasting resources by buying millions of pads and tampons (or about 11 000 in a lifetime, but who counts?). However, you need to rinse, cold-wash and hang dry them after every use, which means you’ll probably want one or two pairs for every day of your period, and this makes them a much costlier alternative.
Honestly, I’m super fascinated by the fact that these seemingly regular, yet high-tech, undies can do what they do. How most of them work is by absorbing the period with a 4-layer technology that 1) wicks away moisture 2) traps odor 3) absorbs fluids, and 4) prevents leaking. The great thing though is that these layers are ultra thin, and depending on brand and style, they can hold up to 4 tampons worth of blood. Say whaaat? So, depending on your flow and what feels comfortable to you, you can either go with just the underwear during your period, or use them to back-up a cup, for instance.
Personally, I think they would be great for the first and last days of my period when I just bleed a tiny bit and would normally, but unwillingly, be using a panty liner. As I think these are super, super uncomfortable (and an environmental disaster), I’ll often go au naturel and let my regular lacy undies soak up these few drops while feeling kind of guilty. I’ll admit: this is not optimal, so a leak-proof pantie might actually be exactly what I need.
Being a relatively new phenomenon, however, technology still trumps style, but I’m actually kind of happy with this selection. Do you already have a favorite? Let us know!
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