The period underwear: behind The Trend

They look like normal pants, but much more: in addition to the menstrual Cup, also periods or menstruation briefs apply now as a new, eco-friendly Alternative to pads and Tampons. How do they work and what the advantages and disadvantages are there?

An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Tampons or pads consumes a woman in your life. This is not extrapolated only expensive, but also produces any amount of waste the ends up in our seas. Meanwhile, there is the menstrual Cup (“Cup”), a reusable silicone Cup that collects the blood, an environmentally friendly Alternative that is becoming more and more popular. And yet another product is it with Tampons and pads, to include: the period underwear. You could be especially interesting for women, the prevention of a spiral and, therefore, prefer to use the menstrual Cup dispense; according to gynecologists, it can easily happen that you usziehen your spiral when you Remove the Cup of Mitra.

The periods or Menstrual underwear, also known as “Period panties” is called, looks like a normal pair of underwear – with the difference that women can wear them during your period, without having to run the risk because of bloody marks on their pants to be noticed. The idea comes from the USA – there are “Panties”, the towels, Tampons and Cup to replace the already since 2015. Now you are arrived in Germany. They are about the manufacturers of Kora Mikino, Taynie, Ooshi and Femtis.

Period underwear to catch the blood and absorbs it

But how does it work at all? The period underwear is made of several layers, the number of which is varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is important that there is a layer of which the menstrual blood wicks it away quickly from the body, so that the Slip feels not wet, and a second anti-bacterial layer, which absorbs the blood like a sponge, liquid-impermeable, and a “leakage” is prevented. The Material should be breathable, so sweating is to be avoided.

Most manufacturers specify that your period underwear hold up to 30 ml of liquid before it feels wet – the equivalent of about three Tampons. Depending on how heavy the period is, a woman can wear the underwear up to twelve hours, after which a change is recommended for hygiene reasons. The carried-out Slip should then be dried first with cold water from Hand-washed and air before it arrives at 40 degrees in the washing machine. Bleach or fabric softener are taboo, you can restrict the effectiveness of the period underwear. The manufacturer rates, in addition, to protect the Slip with a Laundry bag from friction.

A “Period Panty” costs between 20 and 45 Euro

What’s the downside? In women with a strong menstruation, it may be that the Slip alone is not enough, a Tampon or Cup is still needed – or you need to change your period underwear more often. But that is not really cheap: A Slip will cost between 20 (String) and 45 Euro. It is expected that a period of five days, so it is going fast around the 100 Euro. And After two to three years the briefs have been used – then the anti-bacterial protection can be according to the manufacturer, not guarantee.

Buyers should also make sure that the period underwear, which consists in General predominantly made of cotton, is free from silver and other Biocides. You can generate according to the Federal Ministry for the environment, allergic reactions, the skin’s own bacteria do not affect the flora and can lead to resistance development wise of pathogens contribute.