What are panty liners?
Panty liners are very thin pads used to absorb vaginal discharge, spotting, and bladder leaks. They are ideal products for people experiencing light bladder leaks. Liners can be used throughout the day to wick away moisture and keep underwear clean and fresh. These thin and light panty liners are more discreet than sanitary pads or incontinence briefs. Like sanitary pads, panty liners should be changed often to avoid irritation and odor. Be sure to wash your hands regularly when changing your liners to avoid infection.
Why are the ingredients of panty liners and other UI products important?
It is crucial to look for products designed to protect your skin, especially in the vaginal area. The vulva is some of the most porous skin on our bodies, and is likely to absorb harsh chemicals and become easily irritated. As part of vulvar care, you should minimize any synthetic additives and harsh chemicals coming in contact with your skin. Pads, panty liners, and tampons can all cause painful irritation if made with unhealthy ingredients. Steer clear of the “toxic twelve” in your personal care routine, including artificial fragrances, aluminum, parabens, and other harmful ingredients. Opt for plant-based, dermatologist-approved products.
Which panty liners should I buy?
Liners with chlorine, synthetic fragrances, lotions, and latex can irritate your skin and cause redness, itchiness, irritation, or even rashes. Stay away from perfume scented panty liners. While many liners use petroleum based top sheets, these panty liners with 100% plant-based top sheets actually wick moisture away while keeping your skin protected. They are OB/GYN approved, breathable, soft, and designed specifically for bladder leaks. For additional care, especially if you wear pads or liners every day, soft and skin-safe wipes or barrier cream can be used to supplement your vulvar care routine.
If panty liners aren’t quite the right product for you, and you need something with more absorbency, this product guide can help you identify a pad that meets your needs.From hybrid pads designed to manage light menstrual flow and bladder leaks at once, to moderate, heavy, and ultimate pads all the way to incontinence briefs, there is a healthy solution for everyone.
Are panty liners worth the cost? Can’t I just use my period pads?
While they may seem like an easy solution, you should not use sanitary pads for urinary incontinence. Period pads are not absorbent enough to hold urine, and are not designed to neutralize odor. Women using period pads to manage urine leakage have developed atopic dermatitis, or a painful rash, due to the skin irritation. For your vulvar health, it is best to invest in products made to tackle urinary incontinence specifically. Specially designed liners have the thickness required to manage bladder leaks and control the odor. Invest in your vulvar care regimen, daily comfort, and confidence and you won’t look back.