In a world that is increasingly aware of the environment and in the midst of the zero-waste movement, which aims to reduce the garbage and waste we generate as much as possible. It seems logical to look for an alternative to the hygiene products that we use during the menstruation period. That produces tons of waste per year that take hundreds of years to degrade.
In the last decade, the menstrual cup has been postulated as the ecological alternative par excellence to tampons. However, options to collect menstruation flow externally also exist, such as recyclable period panties for heavy flow. It is also called period panties. The latter, still quite unknown, is postulated as one of the most comfortable and effective alternatives.
What are period panties?
As its name suggests, disposable period panties are underwear items designed to collect menstrual flow during the days of the cycle. They promise to be the alternative to wear practically all day or all night. And, it depends on the amount of flow and the brand. In general, they ensure that you can perfectly endure between 8 and 12 hours. When they don't absorb more, we just have to take them off, wash them, and save them for another time.
How do they work?
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about menstrual panties is the fear of staining clothes when they no longer absorb any more. However, they are designed not to be the case.
Although it depends on each brand, all of them have several layers, usually three. They are made with special fabrics to absorb while avoiding leaks.
The first layer, the one in contact with the skin, can be cotton or some draining fabric to avoid the sensation of moisture. In the second layer, there is the absorbent fabric, which promises to retain the equivalent of two tampons. And the outermost layer is made up of waterproof and breathable fabric at the same time to prevent losses, usually polyester and polyurethane.
What advantages and disadvantages do they have?
The first advantage, the ecological one, since they do not produce waste beyond an article of underwear which they claim can last around two years as period panties. And about 60 washes, from then on, they begin to lose properties and many others as normal panties.
They can also be very comfortable because if they hold the equivalent of two tampons, we will practically not have to change all day.
As for the drawbacks, obviously, you have to wash them every time you use them. And also, do it very carefully so that they retain their properties longer.
Although each manufacturer has its own recommendations. In general, it is recommended to wash them with a neutral soap that does not contain fabric softeners, soap, or oils and always with cold water.
In addition, they incorporate lycra, elastane, etc., to make them as comfortable as any other panties, and bactericidal components to avoid bad odors. And all this, in less than two millimeters thick to avoid the ‘diaper effect’.
When they no longer absorb any more, it is when you begin to notice moisture and, therefore, it would be time to change them. The time that we can be without changing them will depend. Therefore, as happens with the rest of the methods of retaining menstruation cycle flow, on the amount of flow of each one and the day of the period in which we are.
However, if you are looking for super-soft and biodegradable sanitary napkins, we recommend using LAIQA sanitary pads which are good for her good for earth.
LAIQA sanitary napkin is made with the super quality of cotton fiber, that is perfect to keep girls and women secure through a 7-layer design giving extra care during the menstruation age.