The use of pantiliners is becoming more and more popular among women, with the intention of keeping underwear dry and free from fluids or daily moisture. They also help avoid any possible odors and provide a greater sense of overall cleanliness. But…do they really help us? Or harm us? In this article, we will shine some light on these doubts, and give some advice to help keep our intimate areas healthy, and free from harmful infections.
The same way we find new brands in the store everyday, and forms adaptable to the different styles of underwear we use, we also see that these products may not be as beneficial as the advertisements promised them to be.
Our intimate areas have certain requirements in order to be in their best conditions, without suffering from the annoyances of burning or irritation, to conditions that even interfere with our daily routines, like our self-esteem, which may even affect our intimacy with our partner.
Keep in mind that if you can’t stop using daily pantiliners, there are certain tips you can use to help avoid ensuing harm.
Tips for a healthy intimate area
Every woman is different; what could help one, could be harmful to another, and vice versa.
As general guidelines:
First of all, before buying our pads, make sure they’re breathable, without any plastic covering, and porous. Our genital area needs ventilation, because if not, moisture stays there and predisposes us to infections.
You must change your pad several times a day, 4 to 6 times at least.
It is very important to wash your hands correctly both before and after going to the bathroom, and when handling sanitary pads.
Other tips for avoiding infections:
- You should not completely shave your vaginal area, as the hair protects it.
- Good personal hygiene is vital, especially during menstruation.
- Avoid using powder soaps, as these can alter the vaginal pH balance. Neutral soaps or those sold especially for this area come in several varieties, and provide good feminine hygiene. It is better to get ones with a pH that maintains a healthy and clean area.
- Use cotton underwear, that allows proper ventilation.
- Avoid wearing tight pants for extended periods of time, as these increase temperature and moisture in the area, which creates a perfect climate for opportunistic germs.
- Don’t use clothes made of synthetic material.
- Sleep in baggy clothes.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time.
- Do not use intimate deodorants, fragrances that only mask odors can produce irritation.
- Keep the area as dry as possible.
Predisposing factors for infections
Pay attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- An increase in the consistency and amount of vaginal discharge.
- Changes in secretion colors.
- Unfavorable odors.
- Pain and burning during urination.
- Pain during intimate relations.
A lot of women avoid consultations, be it out of embarrassment or fear, during which time the infection grows stronger, making it more difficult to get rid of.
If you suspect you have a vaginal infection, avoid self-medicating and see a doctor. If it is treated early, it will surely be easy to cure. Through self-medicating, we only worsen the situation.
It is vitally important that the doctor chooses the right medication for your special case. If you experience some sort of suspicious symptom of a vaginal infection, discontinue your use of pantiliners.
A poorly treated vaginal infection can cause problems in the urinary tract, such as infections that could be severe and dangerous to our health.
Experts sustain that the majority of women have suffered, or will suffer, from some sort of vaginal infection, but, wouldn’t it be better to just prevent them in the first place?