I am definitely not afraid to talk about periods and neither should anyone else be. It is a natural thing that women must go through.
That being said, it can be pretty uncomfortable for a lot of us!
There are different ways to deal with monthly bleeding and one of those ways is wearing period panties. I recently tried some out and wanted to share my experience with them.
My bleeding time issues
Ever since I had my son, I started bleeding more each month. I don’t know if there is a correlation between those two things, but I am going to roll with that as being the reason.
I don’t know if the flow I get is actually considered heavy, but it seems like it is to me. I also have quite a few clots that come out in the toilet (gross, I know). My bleeding lasts five days with the second day being the absolute heaviest.
I wear Always Maxi pads with wings in size 5 and I have for a long time now. When I used to go out places, I would put on a heavy-duty tampon or a smaller sized pad instead so there wasn’t a bulge in my pants. Since the shut-down orders though, I have not cared.
I tend to leak a lot which unfortunately means that sometimes I leave stains (just like when I was in middle school!).
Choosing the period panties
I caught some ad for period panties one day and was interested in looking into them a little more. There are quite a few different kinds out there that range in prices.
Some period panties are made so that one doesn’t actually need to wear a pad or tampon with it if they don’t want to (see an example here: https://www.shethinx.com/pages/thinx-it-works) . Other period panties are supposed to be worn with a tampon or a pad but provide protection from leaks (see an example here: https://www.amazon.com/Hellove-Panties-Menstrual-Leakproof-Protective/dp/B07WN6MMJF/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=period%2Bpanties&qid=1589342738&sr=8-9&th=1&psc=1). I decided to go with the latter which were more reasonably priced in my opinion.
Trying the period panties
I was excited to try the panties out! They came in the mail four days before my period was to start
which was great.
When I felt that I was going to start bleeding at any moment, I immediately put one of the period panties on with an Always pad. They felt nice on my skin which is important due to my sensory issues.
Despite them feeling good texture-wise, I did notice something I didn’t like about them right away. They sound like diapers! Whenever I moved, I reminded myself (and husband) of an infant/toddler. Other people complained about that in some reviews on Amazon too.
The diaper sound wasn’t going to stop me from wearing them though!
I really do not feel like dragging this out anymore to be honest. So, I will say this…the period panties did not provide any leak protection for me. None!
They shifted worse than my regular underwear does and allowed some gnarly leaks to happen. I got to the end of my day two and scrapped them.
I went back to wearing my old Victoria’s Secret underwear with my huge, post-birth underwear on over them. Even though I get leaks wearing them, they are not as bad as the ones I had with the period panties.
Will I be trying period panties again?
I would actually love to try them again but from a different brand. My current underwear I use for my periods are getting torn up due to being so old and soon I will need to buy more. I will be on the lookout for other kinds and hopefully they will work better.
I may have had a bad experience my first-time trying period panties, but I would still recommend them for other women to try. If you do some research on them like I did, you will see that many women have been happy with the use of them.
Have any of you tried period panties before? If so, what did you think about them?
Thanks for reading!
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