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Menstruation isn't fun at any age, but it's especially not cool when you're a teenager. Teen girls have to worry about the fear of leaking and embarrassing period moments, all while you're figuring out who you are and having to navigate adolescence. Tough ride.
Period panties don't answer any big questions about self-identification, but they do remove the stresses that come with starting your period in high school. Read on to find out more...
What exactly are teen period panties?
Back in biblical days, teens had two choices for dealing with their period: they either used a rag to soak up their menstruation or were made to use their own clothes.
Thankfully, we've come a long way since then. Teen period panties are one of the best ways of dealing with periods, letting girls have leak-free periods without even needing a tampon or pad (depending on how heavy your flow is).
Period panties today are comfy and cool — not to mention super-thin and seamless — but they haven't always been so modern. They actually began as petticoats, belts, bloomers, and aprons, all of which were much less sanitary and offered nowhere near the same protection from leaking.
How do teen period panties help during menstruation?
Menstruation is a stressful and often embarrassing time for teenage girls. You worry if your period has started too soon or too late, if you have a heavy flow, and whether your body is even normal. Plus you're paranoid about if there are any embarrassing smells coming from down there. Cringe.
Periods happen to us all, but it doesn't mean that it's fun or easy — they can make life annoyingly complicated, especially if you're a teen girl trying to get through high school.
Teen period panties take away the drama of periods, letting you carry on with life without anywhere near the same level of stress. Essentially, these panties absorb your period, stopping it from leaking out onto your clothes and leaving any awkward stains. Period underwear is made to be super absorbent and even odor-crushing — such a relief if you're worried about any funky smells.
Advantages of using period panties instead of regular pants
Regular panties come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. You can get boyshorts, bikinis, thongs, and more. Period panties let you choose your style too, but unlike regular panties, they come with an absorbent layer of fabric to stop liquid from leaking. It's basically like having a thin built-in panty liner.
Period panties are also made up of moisture-wicking fabric, making them way more absorbent than regular panties. They give you protection and keep you feeling dry, while allowing you to stay comfy and carry on as normal — regular panties may look and feel great, but they won't do if your period leaks onto them.
You can pick from a whole host of great brands when deciding which period panties to buy, including Dear Kate, Undie Pads, Intimate Portal, Yoyi Fashion, Modibodi, and Thinx. Knixteen is a great Thinx alternative, offering a selection of panties that are perfect for teens on their period.
Why teen period panties are a game-changer for teens
Your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. As you're just starting to figure yourself out and begin to make major decisions about your future, it can feel like your body is fighting against you at the worst time.
Period panties aren't going to change the world, but they're sure going to make life a lot easier. You can even double up and pair them with other period products like pads or tampons to give yourself peace of mind. Game-changer.
The great news is, period panties are also much more environmentally friendly than other period products. You can keep reusing your period panties as many times as you like simply by washing them — and be safe in the knowledge that you're doing your bit for the planet too by reducing your waste.
Plus, not needing to buy new pads or tampons all the time means that period panties are also a game-changer for teen bank accounts. Buying a few pairs of period panties is a great investment and one that will save you plenty of money in the long-run.
Lastly, period underwear isn't only a game-changer for teen comfort — it's a tool that can even help tackle mental health problems during adolescence. Teens are among the most stressed people on the planet with 35% of teens saying stress keeps them awake at night, and school being one the largest reasons behind this. Having your period at such a stressful time can make you feel lonely and embarrassed, but wearing protective underwear can tick off at least one of your problems and make you feel more comfortable and confident.
Life as a teenage girl is definitely not always fun. There are plenty of things to get stressed about, but periods don't have to be one of them. Protective period panties can take away the fear of leaking at school, making life a little bit easier and making you feel more confident when dealing with all the other dramas.
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During a recent meeting on Microsoft Teams, I couldn't seem to get a single word out.
When I tried to chime in, I kept getting interrupted. At one point two individuals talked right over me and over each other. When I thought it was finally my turn, someone else parachuted in from out of nowhere. When I raised and waved my hand as if I was in grade school to be called on (yes, I had my camera on) we swiftly moved on to the next topic. And then, completely frustrated, I stayed on mute for the remainder of the meeting. I even momentarily shut off my camera to devour the rest of my heavily bruised, brown banana. (No one needed to see that.)
This wasn't the first time I had struggled to find my voice. Since elementary school, I always preferring the back seat unless the teacher assigned me a seat in the front. In high school, I did piles of extra credit or mini-reports to offset my 0% in class participation. In college, I went into each lecture nauseous and with wasted prayers — wishing and hoping that I wouldn't be cold-called on by the professor.
By the time I got to Corporate America, it was clear that if I wanted to lead, I needed to pull my chair up (and sometimes bring my own), sit right at the table front and center, and ask for others to make space for me. From then on, I found my voice and never stop using it.
But now, all of a sudden, in this forced social experiment of mass remote working, I was having trouble being heard… again. None of the coaching I had given myself and other women on finding your voice seemed to work when my voice was being projected across a conference call and not a conference room.
I couldn't read any body language. I couldn't see if others were about to jump in and I should wait or if it was my time to speak. They couldn't see if I had something to say. For our Microsoft teams setting, you can only see a few faces on your screen, the rest are icons at the bottom of the window with a static picture or even just their name. And, even then, I couldn't see some people simply because they wouldn't turn their cameras on.
If I did get a chance to speak and cracked a funny joke, well, I didn't hear any laughing. Most people were on mute. Or maybe the joke wasn't that funny?
At one point, I could hear some heavy breathing and the unwrapping of (what I could only assume was) a candy bar. I imagined it was a Nestle Crunch Bar as my tummy rumbled in response to the crinkling of unwrapped candy. (There is a right and a wrong time to mute, people.)
At another point, I did see one face nodding at me blankly.
They say that remote working will be good for women. They say it will level the playing field. They say it will be more inclusive. But it won't be for me and others if I don't speak up now.
- Start with turning your camera on and encouraging others to do the same. I was recently in a two-person meeting. My camera was on, but the other person wouldn't turn theirs on. In that case, ten minutes in, I turned my camera off. You can't stare at my fuzzy eyebrows and my pile of laundry in the background if I can't do the same to you. When you have a willing participant, you'd be surprised by how helpful it can be to make actual eye contact with someone, even on a computer (and despite the fuzzy eyebrows).
- Use the chatbox. Enter in your questions. Enter in your comments. Dialogue back and forth. Type in a joke. I did that recently and someone entered back a laughing face — reaffirming that I was, indeed, funny.
- Designate a facilitator for the meeting: someone leading, coaching, and guiding. On my most recent call, a leader went around ensuring everyone was able to contribute fairly. She also ensured she asked for feedback on a specific topic and helped move the discussion around so no one person took up all the airtime.
- Unmute yourself. Please don't just sit there on mute for the entire meeting. Jump in and speak up. You will be interrupted. You will interrupt others. But don't get frustrated or discouraged — this is what work is now — just keep showing up and contributing.
- Smile, and smile big. Nod your head in agreement. Laugh. Give a thumbs up; give two! Wave. Make a heart with your hands. Signal to others on the call who are contributing that you support and value them. They will do the same in return when your turn comes to contribute.
It's too easy to keep your camera turned off. It's too easy to stay on mute. It's too easy to disappear. But now is not the time to disappear. Now is the time to stay engaged and networked within our organizations and communities.
So please don't put yourself on mute.
Well, actually, please do put yourself on mute so I don't have to hear your heavy breathing, candy bar crunching, or tinkling bathroom break.
But after that, please take yourself off mute so you can reclaim your seat (and your voice) at the table.