After its months-long hiatus, don’t be surprised if your postpartum period returns heavier than ever.
Whilst there are plenty of solutions women consider using including a menstrual cup, along came period panties and completely changed the whole landscape.
Period panties are designed to keep moisture (and blood) away from your body ensuring you keep dry. They are very very absorbent and can hold up to two tampons worth of liquid depending on the style. Better still they are completely leak-resistant. That’s what they claim anyway.
Can you wear Thinx and other period panties for postpartum bleeding?
After giving birth, most women experience bleeding (called lochia) that lasts for up to 6 weeks.
There’s no reason you can’t wear period panties for postpartum bleeding, but many women prefer to use depends adult diapers or super maternity pads instead, at least for the first week or two.
Although all women experience different amounts of fluid loss, the first week of bleeding can often be very heavy and also include clots. This means you may need to change very frequently. Due to the investment cost of period panties and the extra hand washing involved, you may prefer to use a disposable option until your bleeding has become lighter.
Are period panties worth it and do they work?
Period panties are true to their name. They are incredibly absorbent, they’re comfortable, and they’re cute. They are also great for busy women.
- They eliminate the need for panty liners
- You can wear them all day long (and night)
- And no, period panties do not feel like you are wearing a diaper
There are a couple of big brands to look out for including Thinx and Anigan. They look and feel exactly like normal undergarments and are highly breathable, protecting you from any visible leaks.
You can select from different sizes, colors and designs too.
Some women choose to wear period panties on their own, as a replacement for tampons and pads, while others prefer to use them as backup so you don’t have to worry about leaking through.
As the end of the day, these panties save you time, are an eco-friendly option, and, in the long run, they’ll save you money.
How to best clean period panties
To keep your period panties in pristine condition, after use, give them a rinse, and then wash them in a cold machine wash. You can also hand wash them if you prefer. Avoid using fabric softener. Then just hang out to dry. It is as simple as that.
Period panties are not for everyone. Some women think there is nothing worse than ‘wearing’ your period all day, no matter how absorbent they are, whilst others swear this is the solution they have been dreaming about.
Don’t forget too that these undergarments are not just limited to your postpartum bleeding or regular monthly cycle.
They could help women who experience incontinence and may just be the option you are looking for to help you remain ‘fresh’.