Absorbent panties: what it is and how it works - We tested!
At the beginning of 2017 the first brand of absorbent panties arrived in Brazil, and now new types are being sold or imported. But what is this product? The idea of these panties is to replace the absorbent (external or internal) and menstrual collectors during menstruation.
79% of My Life readers use external absorbent, according to the Menstrual Cycles survey conducted with 1,049 readers in December 2017 So that these panties can be a more sustainable and comfortable substitute, since the fabric does not inflate and can be reused for up to two years (if washed correctly).
Until the last update of this report there are three brands in the country: Panty's, Herself and Korui, who act in similar ways.
But how do they work? Are they safe? Are worth? Let's answer these questions as follows:
How does absorbing panties work?
The absorbent panties have a lining with a few layers of tissue (usually three) that can absorb menstrual flow and keep the skin dry. After use, it is only to be washed in the machine and reused after it is completely dry.
But do you hold menstruation even?
According to the marks, the fabrics of the absorbent panties have a fraction of the absorbent thickness, but may absorb as much as two disposable external absorbents. In addition, they have leak protection technology in their linings
For those who have very intense flows, however, the use of the panties as a back up of the absorbent in the most intense days of menstruation.
Can I wear absorbent panties for how long?
The brands of absorbent panties guide their use for between six and 10 hours. However, the gynecologist Flavia Fairbanks points out that the ideal is to change these products every 3 to 4 hours, as well as absorbent internal and external. This prevents the proliferation of fungi and bacteria in the region, which can cause irritations or even infections. "The wet and direct contact with menstrual blood becomes a very rich culture medium for these microorganisms," explains the specialist. P>
The brands argue that panties allow the area to breathe without leaks, as the The waterproof layer of the liner is attached with a membrane that has holes smaller than one molecule of water but larger than the size of the air molecules. That is, this allows the breathability of the air on both sides of the liner, but blocks the ability of fluids to escape.
Panty? S brand panties also have an ISO 20743 antibacterial fabric, in which there is a reduction
Panties are non-disposable: they can be worn for up to two years (or 50 washings), but need to be washed in the machine in the "delicate clothes" mode. which prevents the accumulation of water in the absorbent region.
The brands still recommend its use as a daily protection. However, gynecologist Flavia Faibanks advises against using absorbents of any kind outside of menstruation: "just like the daily protectors, these products should only be used during the initial or final period of the cycle, or in specific cases in which the patient
Advantages of absorbent panties
Among the advantages of the menstrual panties we have:
Comfort, since the fabric does not inflate like ordinary external absorbents and can withstand intense flows
Anatomical format: Many women do not use the full capacity of a normal absorbent, because they often change places and leak. With the absorbent panties this does not occur, since it molds itself to the body
Practicality since it is not necessary to introduce an internal absorbent or menstrual collector into the vagina
- Skin safety, because it is made of more natural tissues, the chances of a skin allergy are lower than with a common external absorbent
- Disadvantages of absorbent panties
- Among the disadvantages we find:
- Difficult logistics: it may be necessary to change the panties throughout the day
Price: panties cost between 75 and 95 reais (prices consulted in December 2017)
High initial expenditure: as panties need to dry naturally, it is necessary to have a good number of pieces to be able to wear during the whole flow
- Less visibility of menstruation: unlike absorbents and cups, depending on the color of the panties, you can not see as much as the color and consistency of your period.
- If I have an allergy to absorbents, I can
- Some women are allergic to the material that absorbents are made in addition to cotton such as polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, white paper pulp, absorbent gels, non-woven polypropylene, polyethylene. It is necessary to analyze the material they are produced and compare with the source of the allergy that affects the patient. "But, because they are more natural products, they can be safer options", believes the gynecologist Flavia Faibanks.
- Compare the panties with other absorbents
See the comparison of the absorbent panties with the following methods of containment menstrual flow:
Disposable external absorbent:
The absorbent panties are more environmentally friendly than the outer absorbent, since they can be washed and reused. In addition, it causes less discomfort by being thinner, already inside the panties, not having risk of leakage. However, their exchange requires the exchange of the entire garment, different from the absorbent.
Another advantage of absorbent panties is that it is made of fabric and not of artificial products such as the outer absorbent, which contains materials such as: cellulose, sodium polyacrylate, thermoplastic adhesives, polyethylene, polymer fibers with cotton extract and silicone paper.
The biggest advantage of this intimate absorbent is that it lies inside the vagina, containing the blood there . This brings a more comfortable feeling than the absorbent panties in which the blood leaves and is contained outside the body. In addition, absorbent panties remain a more environmentally friendly option as it does not generate disposable debris since it can be reused for up to two years. Moreover, it is usually made of fabrics, while the inner absorbent is composed of cellulosic polymers, thermoplastic resins, textile content in the absorbent core of 100% rayon. That is, the chance of having allergies is less with the panties.
Absorbent tissue external:
The tissue absorbers act very similarly to absorbent panties, since they are usually made with the same type of tissue . The difference is that the absorbent has the shape of a common external absorbent and can be changed more often throughout the day. Both are equally sustainable and with a lower risk of allergy. Menstrual Catcher:
They are silicone cups placed inside the vagina that collect the menstrual flow before it leaves. They are as environmentally friendly as menstrual panties, since they can be reused and last between 5 and 10 years.
Flow patterns and types The absorbent panties, moreover, have models according to the type of flow.
The Panty's brand, for example, has four models: Thong, for light flow
Bikini, for moderate flow
Classic for moderate flow
Hot pant for intense flow
- Thong for light flow
- Bikini for moderate flow
- Classic for moderate flow
- Hot pant, for intense flow
- The Herself brand today has two models:
- Ceci, for lighter flows
- Frida, for more intense flows.
- Where to find the absorbent panties?
Today absorbent panties are sold by brands on their official websites. The Panty's brand already sells its models, while Herself and Korui are still in the pre-sale phase.
- What the writing of My Life found of absorbing panties:
- Carolina Serpejante, editor:
" I used menstrual cups and I tried the absorbent panties with and without it. In the first case I thought it was great, it gave me a sense of security in case the cup was leaking.
But when I wear the absorbent panties without the cup I do not I adjusted it: since I had to stay with her all day, since I was at work, I had the sensation of being "wet." I was also afraid that she would leak even though I was on a lighter flow day. so I could not use all the days of my period because it does not give me time to dry from one day to the next - and there is the question of needing to spend that money with two or three more.
I generally consider wearing my panties absorbent in conjunction with the cup on the days of more intense flow, but it alone Inha for now is not an option. I know women who have suited themselves just fine with it, so I encourage anyone to at least test it - go you meet. "
Nathalie Ayres, journalist: " I have always used outer absorbent, but I prefer to use the nightwear to ensure and even then it always leaks.
I used my panties on a less intense flowing day and I really enjoyed it. At first I felt a certain strangeness: it seemed wrong to know that I was menstruating and let the flow fall directly into the panties. But when it did, my day was much more comfortable, without the feel of the big absorbent between my skin and my panties.
The only downside is that since I only have to wait for the entire washing process and continue with my ordinary absorbents Meanwhile. The ideal would be to invest in two more to be interspersed in the flow.
But overall, I enjoyed the experience a lot and in the next cycle I will experience it on a more intense flowing day.
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