The Truth About Panty Liners


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They are in every supermarket or chemist. You can see its ads on TV more often than your face in the mirror. Women usually buy them because they “breathe” and “keep them fresh.” Probably you guessed by now what we’re going to discuss further.

And, of course, we are talking about panty liners. Numerous experts recommend incontinence products because it is very convenient. But is there any potential harm that daily pads can do to the body? So in this article, you’ll learn how often you can use it and how to reduce its harmful effects.

Why Do Women Use Panty Liners?

Panty liners were created to make life easier for women when there’s no opportunity to change underwear. While remaining invisible, they absorb vaginal secrets and odors, protect panties and clothing from contamination, and help maintain cleanliness, freshness, and comfort in the genital area throughout the day.

Vaginal discharge is a common phenomenon for any woman. But its amount is individual: some women have very little, less than 1 ml per day, others have more, about 5 ml. It depends on the hormonal saturation of the body and increases at the end of the menstrual cycle.

So what are panty liners for?
  • In case of heavy vaginal discharge or urine leakage.
  • During ovulation.
  • In the second half of the cycle before menstruation, when progesterone dominates.
  • In the last days of the period, when the volume of blood secreted becomes minimal, you can change tampons and menstrual pads on panty liners.
  • For vaginal infections and dysbiosis.
  • During treatment with vaginal suppositories, pills, and creams.

On The Subject of Layers

Panty liners are a multilayer system where each layer has a specific function. This is because modern manufacturers strive to maximize their products' safety, reliability, and user comfort. Thus, a hygiene item consists of several layers. Check the layer and its function below:

Top Layer  
It is a membrane made of a thin fiber nonwoven material, resembling textile, which lets moisture in and does not let it back out. It is in close contact with the delicate skin in the area of the female organs, so it must be tactilely pleasant and not cause irritation and discomfort.

Distribution Layer
It is a porous layer whose task is to direct the liquid to the central absorbent part of the product. Thanks to the presence of this layer, the moisture is evenly distributed inside, and more of it is absorbed.

Inner Layer
It is the primary absorbent, consisting of cellulose and other components that can attract and retain moisture. Its thickness can vary.

Bottom Layer
It is represented by a polyethylene film, preventing liquid leakage on the underwear. In addition, the synthetic resin applied to the film ensures that the product is attached to the panty gusset.

Pros and Cons
  • When choosing a personal hygiene product, you need to consider the possible risks and benefits.
  • The benefits of daily pads
  • Protect against leaks and keep your underwear and clothes clean.
  • Give peace of mind and reduce stress by not thinking about leaks.
  • Help maintain comfort in the intimate area when dental hygiene is compromised, such as at work or traveling.

Possible harm
❌ So-called "greenhouse effect" near the vulva.
We should note that not all daily pads are the same. Poor quality pads disrupt air exchange in the genital area. As a result, it creates conditions for the reproduction of pathogenic microflora and the development of inflammation of the external genitalia.
 
❌ Allergic reactions
No one is immune from them. The components of the means of hygiene can provoke allergic reactions with the same probability as food products. The most common cause of an allergy to the daily pad is the perfume and cream impregnation of the upper layer in contact with the skin, especially for women with hypersensitive skin and a tendency to allergic reactions created products without fragrances and other potentially harmful components.

How to Use Panty Liners Properly

Effective and safe hygiene depends mainly on the proper use of pads. Here are some recommendations:

  • Check the packaging for tightness and expiration date. If the expiration date and the packaging are torn, dangerous germs may have gotten in. It's best to throw them away.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and wipe them dry.
  • Remove the adhesive tape from the outside of the petal and attach it to the gusset. Fold the wings, if you have them, outward and press them to the surface of the panties.
  • Change your panties every 3-4 hours, even if they look clean at first glance. This is because germs are not visible but are dangerous to the health of the reproductive system.
  • If you are prone to allergies, do not use products with fragrances.
  • If itching and burning appear in the area of the external genitalia, you should refuse to use the product and consult a doctor.
  • Try not to use dailies at night. When you sleep, you have no opportunity to replace them.
  • Consider the degree of absorption. If there is a lot of moisture, ultrafine panty liners won't be able to absorb it, and it may cause the development of inflammation.
  • Take a break from daily products and allow the skin to rest.
  • Wear comfortable, preferably cotton, panties that do not squeeze the genitals and enable the skin to breathe.
  • Don't keep open packages in the bathroom. Products quickly absorb moisture, lose their absorbent properties and become infested with germs.

Conclusion

Panty liners have many advantages and are often helpful in some situations. However, it would help if you used them according to the recommendations of gynecologists. Then you get the most out of this product without harming your health. In addition, it is essential to remember those panty liners of poor quality, scented ones, and those that do not fit individually can irritate delicate skin. 

Experimenting with them and picking them at random is not a good idea. Instead, consult a gynecologist, or choose the most breathable and high quality. Do not skimp on hygiene products because, in this way, you harm your health.

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