Periods are a normal part of life, but they can also be hard to manage. They can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily routine, but luckily, comfortable period products are on the rise, making it easier to manage your period.
Period underwear is becoming more popular because they're just as convenient as pads and tampons, but can be more comfortable, save you money, and they're better for the environment. As people learn about period underwear, we often get questions like "how long can I wear period pants?" or "how often should I change them?" We'll address these questions here, so you know how long you can wear them!
What are period pants?
If you've been hiding under a rock, let's quickly recap on what period pants actually are!
Period pants are a type of underwear that you wear instead of tampons or pads. They have an absorbent layer that catches menstrual blood, and they're reusable, so you can wash them and reuse them cycle after cycle.
How do period pants work?
Period pants look like regular underwear, but they are usually made up of layers of materials that create a hidden leak-proof area within the underwear. This usually includes an absorbent material in the middle of the underwear (to absorb the blood) and a waterproof material on the outer layer of the underwear (to stop the blood from leaking through).
Can I wear period pants all day?
Depending on the brand of period pants you choose, you can find period pants that absorb light flows all the way to super heavy flows, and various styles and fits.
When you buy your first period pants, you'll need to make sure you buy ones that are suited to your flow. This is to make sure they don't leak while you're wearing them. As long as you wear the right absorbency, you can wear them all day if you want. Period panties allow your body to breathe and feel dry while you're wearing them, so there's no reason not to wear them for as long as needed.
If you have a heavy period or need to change your period panties to a fresh pair more frequently than others, then go ahead! Just remember: everyone's body is different, and you'll need to find what routine suits you best.
Do I wear period pants on their own or as a backup?
This depends on you! Some people like to completely ditch disposable products and wear period pants as a complete replacement, but others like to wear a tampon or menstrual cup and use their period pants as a backup. If you have heavy periods, we'd recommend either choosing a heavy flow pair of period underwear, or going for a moderate or lighter flow pair, and using a menstrual cup or tampon alongside it.
How often should I change my period pants?
How often you need to change your period pants depends on how heavy your flow is and which style of period pants you're wearing. As long as you are wearing a style of underwear that is suited to your flow, you should wear them all day long without changing them. If you begin to feel wetness while wearing them, this is your sign to change them!
fluxies period pants are designed to be worn for up to 12 hours and hold up to 5 tampons worth without any need to change them.
How long can I reuse period pants?
Our period pants are designed to be washed and reused for at least three years before the absorbency will begin to reduce. At this point, you can recycle them or continue to use them for very light leaks or even as normal underwear!
If you are looking for period pants from other brands, check the lifespan of the underwear, as many brands only design period pants that last for two years or less.
Can I wear period pants while sleeping?
Yes! Period pants are great to wear to sleep, as they are breathable and leak-proof, meaning you can go to sleep feeling comfortable and confident that you won't wake up to any leaks. You can even get styles like Sleep Shorts, which are highly absorbent and offer full protection, so you can have complete peace of mind.
Can I wear period pants when exercising?
Absolutely. Period underwear comes in all styles, and can be much better to exercise in than sanitary towels, as they are more breathable and comfortable. At fluxies, we've designed the perfect seamless period pants, which are great for exercising and wearing under tight leggings or gym clothes, with no VPL.
There are many options for managing periods.
There are more and more sanitary products, making it easier than ever to manage your period. If you choose to go for reusable period underwear, there are lots of styles out there, so you're bound to find something that works best for you.
It's important to try different products and methods until you find what works best for your body and lifestyle — and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
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