Occasionally in life an innovation comes along and you think ‘why hasn’t anyone done this before?’ Well, period pants are just that. Super absorbent, machine washable and re-usable, period pants can be worn throughout your period. That’s right, from the heaviest days to the lightest. Just think about it, absolute comfort and no more embarrassing leaks! That’s why they’re so miraculous – and why we’re now seeing a revolution in how we manage our periods.
Here’s why period pants are trending right now…..
1. They’re innovative
Period pants are crafted from multiple layers of material. They’re not only designed for absorption, but are also moisture-wicking, odour-trapping, anti-bacterial and have a leakproof membrane. Designed to look and feel like real underwear, they really are an amazing innovation for today’s eco-conscious generation.
2. They give peace of mind
Even those of us with the most regular cycle will have had a mishap. Let’s face it, every one of us has gone through the dread of wondering whether we’ve leaked. From asking a girlfriend to check as you stand up, to wearing dark trousers and skirts. We’ve all been there. However, period pants can absorb up to five regular tampons worth of flow. So if you invest in a pair of these period saviours you can be sure of absolute peace of mind. Whether you choose to pair them with menstrual cups or tampons, or just use them on their own.
3. They’re the eco-friendly choice
Period pants are the ultimate eco-friendly solution. This is because they’re machine washable and reusable. Essentially, they’re a zero waste product. Nothing is going to landfill, and taking years to biodegrade. Nothing is clogging up toilet systems. Indeed, one pair of period pants can last up to 5 years, so they’re definitely a long-term eco-friendly solution.
4. Period pants could end period poverty
On average, women in the UK spend a staggering £5,000 on sanitary products during their lifetime. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that we hear of period poverty. This is when women simply cannot afford sanitary protection. Indeed, Plan International UK reports that 1 in 10 women can’t afford to buy sanitary protection. Even more worryingly, as a result 137,000 girls miss school days. Well, period pants solve this issue completely. With a pair of period pants costing under £20, this is a financially viable solution for everyone. More importantly, it could mean the end of period poverty.
5. They’re safe to use
We’ve all heard stories of women forgetting to change their tampon, and developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). This occurs if a tampon isn’t regularly changed. Women who use super-absorbent tampons are more likely to develop this condition. It’s caused by Staph bacteria entering the bloodstream and releasing toxins. Thankfully, it’s rare and is treatable if caught in time. However, symptoms are similar to the flu. They include a high temperature, body aches, nausea, dizziness and sometime a rash. This is why the symptoms can be overlooked, and in some cases TSS has been fatal.
So TSS is something all women need to be aware of when using tampons. Remembering to regularly change your tampon – experts recommend every 4-8 hours – and using the lowest possible absorbency will all lower your risk. But period pants completely remove the risk of developing this life-threatening condition. So they’re definitely the safer option, especially for teens who are new to managing their sanitary protection.
6. They’re easy to re-use
This is the best part. No more messy removal of sanitary wear. Just throw your period pants in the washing machine, and you’re done. Some will need to be rinsed off beforehand, but this varies by brand. One important point to note though is that period pants should be line dried or dried flat, not tumble dried.
7. Period pants are the comfortable choice
Because period pants look and feel like normal underwear, you won’t have the discomfort associated with pads. There’s no embarrassing crinkling while you walk, or worrying that the outline of your pad can be seen through skinny jeans or leggings.
8. They come in a great range of colours and styles
Just like regular underwear, period pants come in just about every colour and style. High leg, bikini, boy shorts, high waisted, even thong (for lighter days). Period pants have got you covered.
We hope that’s got you convinced! We definitely think period pants are the perfect addition to your underwear draw, in addition to that sumptuous plus sized shapewear collection. They’re safe, easy to wear and are the perfect eco-friendly solution. We think they’re the future, and hope you agree!