We all know that menstrual pads are for periods – but what about the mysterious panty liner?
Read on to find out what liners are, why you should use a panty liner, and how and when to use them!
What is a panty liner?
A panty liner is a thin, absorbent piece of material worn inside underwear — think a thinner version of a period pad. As it’s lighter and thinner, panty liners are designed to act as a barrier against daily vaginal discharge, post-sex discharge or light menstrual flow.
Why use a panty liner?
Many people like to wear a liner every day. Why? It’s common and natural to have some discharge during the day. It can make things a damp and uncomfortable, especially when working out. A panty liner is a great way to maintain a ‘fresh and clean’ feeling throughout the day.
Stress incontinence (SUI) is a type of light urinary incontinence. A weak or damaged urethra can leak when strained — for example when sneezing, jumping or laughing. Many people use panty liners as protection for little leakages.
Incontinence is extremely common, especially after giving birth, so nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you need that more protection than a panty liner can provide, check out the Dry & Light pad for light urinary incontinence.
Lighter period days
A panty liner can give you a bit of protection without using a full-sized menstrual pad – perfect for the light days at the end of your period! Not only does it provide adequate protection, but it saves you wearing and using more than needed.
With a tampon or menstrual cup
Tampons and menstrual cups are great, but there can be a risk of leaking. Using a panty liner in conjunction with a tampon or cup acts as reassurance protection during your period just in case there are leaks.
How to use a panty liner
Panty liners are used just like pads.
Wash your hands before using a panty liner, then peel off the adhesive strip and press them firmly into position.
It’s good to change a panty liner every 3-5 hours to avoid risk of infection or bacterial growth. If the panty liner becomes excessively moist then it must be changed immediately.
Avoid using scented or plastic panty liners as this can lead to intimate irritation. Instead use organic cotton panty liners — especially if you have sensitive skin. They will minimise your chances of any infections, irritation or discomfort, and will feel much softer and breathable on your skin too.
When to use a panty liner
- Use panty liners a few days before your period begins. You may experience spotting and a panty liner will make you feel protected.
- Keep panty liners at hand – you never know when you might need a fresh liner. Periods can be irregular or leaks unavoidable. Keep extras in your bag, desk or bathroom so you’re always prepared.
- Increased vaginal discharge is common during ovulation i.e. the days after your period, so use panty liners then to avoid spoiling your underwear.
- Panty liners should not be worn during your sleep. This is to allow your skin to breathe properly and stay comfortable at night.
- It’s advised to avoid using panty liners during heavy periods. Panty liners are designed for lighter flows so won’t be adequate protection.
Different types of panty liners
We’ve all got different habits, and that’s why we have a variety of panty liners for every need. Long, short, wrapped and curved — we offer them all. We guarantee they are always organic and natural and biodegradable!
From briefs to bikinis
We’ve got a panty liner that’s soft on your skin and suits the shape of your underwear.
Our everyday body functions are so important, it’s good to know each other’s ‘normal’ whether it’s discharge, incontinence or periods. We want to keep the conversation going so we can ensure our bodies are better understood. Talking about intimate experiences is insightful, empowering and helps share information.
Do you use panty liners every day or at a particular time? Have you found any other uses not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below.