Panty liners can feel like a godsend right before or after your period. Panty liners can also be helpful for feeling fresh and clean whenever you’re dealing with pesky discharge. And panty liners can also help you feel secure to have on hand, just in case things get a little unpredictable “down there.”
What are panty liners?
The most basic definition is that they are very thin versions of maxi pads worn inside a woman's underwear to prevent stains. While most women recognize this most prominently and obviously during their cycle, they might not be aware of everything panty liners have to offer--that go well beyond stain prevention.
Are you using panty liners correctly? Should you wear panty liners every day? And are you aware of the non-period related things you could use panty liners for? We thought we learned everything from “the talk” we had when we were young. But honestly, we were pretty surprised by these panty liner facts, tips, and tricks.
Take a look through them and see if you are, too!
Panty liners are meant to be worn for one day, tops. But it should be changed whenever it starts to feel moist.
If you wear a panty liner at night, it’s important to put a new one on if you were wearing another one earlier in the day.
Generally, you shouldn’t wear panty liners every day. Panty liners have a plastic adhesive backing that traps moisture, which increases your chance of a yeast infection.
If you’re wearing a panty liner that has fragrances or colors, it can sometimes be a factor in unnecessary itchiness and discomfort during your cycle. If this happens to you often, consider using organic cotton products as an alternative.
If you’re trying out a new running routine, know that extra discharge is super common, since running makes you expel more of it. Panty liners can be a big help with unexpected leaks whenever you have a day ahead of you that you know you’re going to be active.
Panty liners can help manage adult incontinence if you experience that issue as you get older, provided you only have mild or moderate leakage. (Heavier leakage may require a stronger product.)
If you’re prone to “camel toe,” you can use a panty liner to fix it. Just place the liner in your underwear horizontally (instead of vertically, like how you normally put it on), and then wrap and secure it around the seat of your underwear. If you do it properly, the layers should have you covered—literally!
You can also use panty liners to block sweat marks on your shirt. Place them sticky side down inside your shirt (just make sure it’s not too light of a fabric!), where your armpits hit the clothing. Then, layer on top of that, and the absorbent stick-ons will act as a buffer to keep them dry. Sidenote: if you suffer from excessive sweating on a regular basis, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your options.
Feeling extra bold and want to get the most out of your panty liners even when you don't need them? Then check out the crazy makeup tips and tricks--using panty liners and pads!--that beauty blogger Chloe Morello has in store for you below.