Panty liners are the answer to any woman's prayer if she's lightly menstruating, struggling with discharge, or looking to prevent any other unwanted stain on her underwear. To prevent this from happening, many women think it's in their best interest to wear panty liners every day. Unfortunately, these well-intentioned women may be doing themselves and their bodies more harm than good.
We're definitely guilty of this common mistake with panty liners, so don't feel bad if you've done it before too. But below are a few key reasons why you might want to stop it before it becomes a habit.
Can panty liners cause irritation?
It's much worse than that.
Panty liners every day could increase your chances of getting a yeast infection. Due to their adhesive backing, panty liners trap a lot of moisture, making it a grounds for this truly unpleasant health issue.
And as if a yeast infection weren't bad enough on its own, wearing panty liners every day could also lead to a potential bacterial or a fungal infection down there as well. No thank you!
If at this point you find yourself thinking you couldn't possibly go a day without panty liners because your discharge is so heavy, you might already have an infection of some sort. (Please talk to your doctor if this is the case!)
Even if you wear panty liners every day and manage to avoid infection, you still run the risk of vulvar irritation. And that still doesn't sound too fun.
- Plus, panty liners should be changed whenever they start to feel moist, and definitely shouldn't be worn for longer than a day. Experts also recommend switching them at night if you wore another one longer than a day. And at the end of the day, if you make wearing them every day in a habit, these important reminders can be much easier to forget.