A panty liner is the answer to any woman's prayer if she's lightly menstruating, struggling with discharge, or trying to prevent any other unwanted stain on her underwear. It's understandable that many women think it's a good idea to wear panty liners often to be on the "safe" side. But should you wear panty liners every day? Unfortunately, the well-intentioned women who try this might be doing themselves — and their bodies — more harm than good.
We've all been guilty of making some common mistakes with panty liners, so don't beat yourself up if you've been wearing panty liners excessively. But you might want to stop this practice before it becomes a habit — for the sake of your health and comfort.
First of all, experts say panty liners can irritate the sensitive skin of the vulva — the external part of a woman's genitalia. This is especially true if the panty liners are scented. Much like pads, panty liners can create a moist environment down there and hold irritants — like perfumes — on the delicate skin if they sit there all day, every day. This is the perfect storm for getting a nasty rash on your private parts, bringing redness, itchiness, and pain to one of your most vulnerable areas. But it could get even worse than that.
Can panty liners cause infection?
Wearing panty liners every day might increase your chances of getting a vaginal yeast infection — especially if you've had this unpleasant health condition of burning, itching, and thick discharge before. Health experts recommend changing panty liners (and other feminine products) often when menstruating as one of the top ways to avoid a future yeast infection. They also encourage women to only wear panty liners while menstruating as another means of preventing infection. 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 may already have an infection, so talk to your doctor right away.
This information might be a bit daunting, but it doesn't mean you need to throw out all your panty liners now. Just keep in mind that these feminine products are usually only potentially harmful when used excessively or for extensive periods of time (so moderation is key, as with most things in life!). To use panty liners safely, remember that experts recommend changing them whenever they start to feel moist. We know that "moist" might mean different things to different people, but a good rule of thumb is that panty liners definitely shouldn't be worn for longer than a day. Experts also suggest switching them at nighttime if you plan on sleeping in one.
Don't you deserve to be healthy down there — and everywhere else?
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