Pantyliners are a product of feminine hygiene that helps protect the underwear from getting stained and keep it clean. Pantyliners are made for women to help them feel dry, fresh, and more comfortable throughout day and night.

What are pantyliners?

Pantyliners are light, thin, and absorbent material - they are thin versions of period pads used to prevent staining and keep the underwear clean. Pantyliners aren't meant for heavy menstrual flow - like sanitary pads. They are produced only for light menstrual flow, vaginal discharge, and post-sex discharge.

Purpose of pantyliners

The purpose of pantyliners is to absorb vaginal discharge, post-intercourse discharge, light menstrual flow, staining at the end and beginning of the periods, light spotting. Pantyliners are thinner and softer than sanitary pads and thus are less noticeable and comfortable.
Tampons and menstrual cups are good, but there is a high chance of leaking. Using pantyliners in association with tampons or cups can help in soaking up the leakage that happens during periods and protect the underwear from staining.
Vaginal discharge happens and is a natural appearance. Some people use pantyliners to protect their underwear from vaginal discharge and prevent their underwear from getting soaked or stained.
It is safe to use pantyliners every day if it is organic, made of cotton, and free from harmful chemicals. If pantyliners are synthetic then their daily use will lead to rashes, irritation, and infection.

Different types of Pantyliners

Pantyliners come in different shapes and sizes - from compact pantyliners to large ones for heavy vaginal discharge and light menstrual flow.
There are two main types of pantyliners available in the market:
1. Disposable pantyliners- Pantyliners are both natural/organic and synthetic materials. The synthetic ones are considered harmful for the vagina as they can irritate the skin. And the scented liners can disrupt the ph balance of the vagina leading to infections. Disposable has a sticky adhesive which makes them stay in one place. Some have wings that offer additional stability.
The liners made of organic fibers - like cotton are more
safe to use due to the absence of harmful chemicals and fragrances
they do not lead to rashes and skin infections.

1. Reusable pantyliners- They are different from the disposable ones with having only one same purpose and that is they can be reused and washed for years. They come in different colour, sizes, shapes, absorbencies, and patterns. Reusable pantyliners are made of natural, organic, and breathable materials and are chemical-free which do not cause irritation and infections.

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Few good reasons to use pantyliners:

Pantyliners have become a go-to product for women worried about intimate hygiene.
1. Intimate hygiene - Vaginal discharge is normal and occurs to every woman. But, it can be uncomfortable at times, and wearing pantyliners can reduce the damp feeling.
2. For surprise periods - Many women wear pantyliners daily just in case their periods unexpectedly pop up. Pantyliners can help in dealing with embarrassing moments.
3. Absorb postpartum flow - After giving birth the mothers of newborns use pantyliners for postpartum light flow, a few weeks after giving birth.
4. Protection against Urinary incontinence - Incontinence refers to the inability to hold the bladder. It happens accidentally - while laughing or jumping. It is nothing to be embarrassed about and happens to many people. Pantyliners come handing against this type of leakage.
5. For last days of periods - Pantyliners are best for the last days of periods. The last days have light menstrual flow, pantyliners help in absorbing the flow. It can be used with menstrual cups and tampons.
6. Absorbing sweat - It is a good product for people who love to work out/play sports. It helps in soaking the sweat post-workout and can save you from the wetness between the legs.
7. Protection from post-intercourse staining - Wearing a pantyliner after sex can help in avoiding the staining of panties.
8. Camel toes - Wearing tight panties/bottoms can sit tightly on the skin and reveal the shape of the vulva, thus creating the shape of camel toe. Pantyliners can help in hiding it.

Disadvantages of pantyliners:

Most pantyliners are safe to use as they are feminine hygiene products. They can only cause harm by wearing pantyliners every day and for a more extended period of hours. It can increase the chance of contracting vaginal yeast infection - symptoms are itchiness, burning, or thick discharge. Pantyliners can rub against labia, possibly triggering redness, itchiness, and irritation. Using scented pantyliners contains harmful chemicals and can irritate tissues present around the vagina. Pantyliners that are made of synthetic-fiber materials have impermeable layers that can block the air circulation to the reproductive organs and don't allow seats to evaporate. It is recommended to use breathable, organic liners that can help in the circulation of air and reduce the increased chance of catching the bacterial disease.

Why use organic pantyliners?

Organic products are safe to use and beneficial for the environment. They are not made of harmful chemicals, pesticides, and toxic fertilizers of any kind and do not cause any harm to the skin. Organic is better for many than conventional plastic manufactured products.
Especially, panty liners made of organic cotton are better for the planet than conventionally grown cotton, as it takes less water and energy to grow.

Benefits of using organic, cotton pantyliners:

• Cotton and organic pantyliners are sustainable for the environment.
• They are free from chemicals are fragrances and will not cause irritations and skin infections.
• They are soft and gentler with the vagina.
• Organic cotton pantyliners prevent the formation of bacteria.
• They cause a reduction in the risk of dermatitis, allergy, and intimate itching.
• There is transpiration of the skin.
• Organic cotton prevents the increase in temperature and humidity.

Organic, disposable pantyliners are more beneficial to use than synthetically produced liners. As they are eco-friendly, good for the health, and are comfortable to use.

Author's Bio: 

Laxmi Sharma is a technology writer with 5+ years of experience in the field. In addition to computers & robotics, she loves to pen down thoughts about real estate, fashion, and travel. When not absorbed in writing, she admires cooking and fancies riding around the town.