How Does Period Underwear and Swimwear Work

Are you ready to try something new — eco-friendly, discreet period underwear and swimwear? It’s quickly becoming popular among women of all ages. They are skipping the tampons and heavy, awkward pads and are instead enjoying the convenience of period underwear. Yep, underwear. It’s amazing, and here’s why!

What is period underwear?

Easily one of the greatest inventions in menstrual products this century, period underwear functions similarly to a pad. They are made to look and feel like your regular panties, with special fabrics and extra layers in the crotch area to absorb menstrual blood and prevent leaks from getting through to your clothing.

They are washable and reusable and give you the freedom to go anywhere, anytime! Period panties are fantastic for those who don’t like tampons and think pads are too bulky.

How it works

So, how does period underwear work? Period panties are made with a special absorbent material that holds your menstrual flow — usually one to five tampons worth of blood. Two additional layers surround this absorbent layer. The moisture-wicking barrier, which is closest to your skin, keeps you comfortable, while a layer on the outside of the underwear prevents leaks from happening. You can select the level of absorbency that suits your flow, depending on whether it’s a heavy or light day.

Some pairs also contain odour-neutralising technology that keeps smells and bacteria at bay, while others wick away sweat and moisture from the body to keep you dry and fresh.

The big question: Do these panties actually work? Yep. They sure do! You can use them to replace pads, tampons, or menstrual cups, meaning you’re not only saving money but reducing waste and lessening your impact on the environment.

Guess what? There's period swimwear too!

Period swimwear works the same way as period underwear. The swimwear has special absorbent materials that absorb your menstrual blood, which means you can swim all month long — without having to worry about leaking through your tampon or cup! Even better, our period swimwear is eco-friendly and provides ultimate leakproof period protection.

The biggest difference between period underwear and period swimwear is the technology for the water. Our unique water-resistant technology in our swimwear locks in menstrual discharge, so no water can enter the protective layers, keeping you safe at the beach or the pool.

Are period panties and swimwear sanitary?

Yes! If you wash them between uses, they are completely sanitary and safe. Simply rinse them by hand , then toss them in your washing machine. Many women skip the rinsing step, but do what you’re comfortable with. Just remember not to use fabric softeners, bleach, and don’t put them in the dryer.

Period underwear is stain-resistant, so you won’t have stains or lingering smells

How to find the best fit for you

One of the best things about period underwear and swimwear is the variety of styles, colours, and cuts available. Beyond the different absorbency levels for heavy and light flow days, there are lacy varieties, boy shorts, bikini-style, and more. They run the same size as your current underwear and have a similar fit, and the best part is, they don’t feel bulky at all!

For teens, there are some fantastic sizes and fun colours. For those that don’t want to miss out on a trip to the beach or swimming pool, our figure-flattering period swimwear is available as well.

If you’re trying period underwear out for the first time, you will probably want to buy a few pairs to try on your lighter days. If you’re ready to commit, you’ll want enough for a full period cycle, so you aren’t stuck doing laundry every day. As long as you follow the washing and care directions, period panties can last up to five years without needing to be replaced.

Reasons to switch to period underwear

Should you make the shift? Only you can decide for sure, but here are a few reasons to consider:

  • A woman can use up to15,000 tampons in a lifetime, and all of those end up in landfills or oceans. These products cannot be recycled, even though they are made of recyclable materials, for sanitary reasons.
  • Women can spend up to more than $18,000 in a lifetime on menstruation products. Approximately $4,500 of that is on tampons, pads, and new underwear to replace those that have been stained. (Note that this figure does not include any clothing or bedding that may need to be replaced if stains don’t come out.) So, while the initial cost of period underwear is more expensive than a box of tampons or pads, the fact that they can be reused for years saves you money in the long run.
  • Tampons are uncomfortable, pads are bulky, and menstrual cups are messy. Period panties are comfortable, convenient, and clean.
  • You won’t run out. No more late-night trips to the store. Once you buy these, they are always available and ready for the next use.
  • Anyone can use them. Unlike tampons, there’s no trick or difficult method to getting them to work.
  • For active women who love to work up a sweat, period underwear will stay put, unlike pads.

Need more of a reason? Think about the ease of use. You only change your undies once daily, so you don’t have to think about your period for the rest of the day!

Live life to the fullest and shop Azure Belle’s range of period products today 

If you think this is something for you, we come with even better news! Azure Belle Period Store has a collection of leak-proof period swimwear for teens and women — available in a huge range of cuts, shapes and sizes including period swimsuit one piece, bikini, tops and bottoms. Our eco-friendly, ultra-absorbent swimmers provide stylish and discreet options for all-day wear, so you can swim and enjoy summer under the sun without wondering, ‘eek, was that a leak?’

We love our period swimwear, and we think you will too. Shop now, give them a try, and enjoy total peace of mind with our 100% happiness guarantee!

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