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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For decades, women have been unknowingly suffering from PSD and intergenerational trauma, but now Dr. Valerie Rein wants women to reclaim their power through mind, body and healing tools.
As women, no matter how many accomplishments we have or how successful we look on the outside, we all occasionally hear that nagging internal voice telling us to do more. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else and then throw ourselves into the never-ending cycle of self-care, all in effort to save ourselves from crashing into this invisible internal wall. According to psychologist, entrepreneur and author, Dr. Valerie Rein, these feelings are not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you— but chances are you definitely suffering from Patriarchy Stress Disorder.
Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) is defined as the collective inherited trauma of oppression that forms an invisible inner barrier to women's happiness and fulfillment. The term was coined by Rein who discovered a missing link between trauma and the effects that patriarchal power structures have had on certain groups of people all throughout history up until the present day. Her life experience, in addition to research, have led Rein to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which men and women are experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress that have been genetically passed down from previously oppressed generations.
What makes the discovery of this disorder significant is that it provides women with an answer to the stresses and trauma we feel but cannot explain or overcome. After being admitted to the ER with stroke-like symptoms one afternoon, when Rein noticed the left side of her body and face going numb, she was baffled to learn from her doctors that the results of her tests revealed that her stroke-like symptoms were caused by stress. Rein was then left to figure out what exactly she did for her clients in order for them to be able to step into the fullness of themselves that she was unable to do for herself. "What started seeping through the tears was the realization that I checked all the boxes that society told me I needed to feel happy and fulfilled, but I didn't feel happy or fulfilled and I didn't feel unhappy either. I didn't feel much of anything at all, not even stress," she stated.
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This raised the question for Rein as to what sort of hidden traumas women are suppressing without having any awareness of its presence. In her evaluation of her healing methodology, Rein realized that she was using mind, body and trauma healing tools with her clients because, while they had never experienced a traumatic event, they were showing the tell-tale symptoms of trauma which are described as a disconnect from parts of ourselves, body and emotions. In addition to her personal evaluation, research at the time had revealed that traumatic experiences are, in fact, passed down genetically throughout generations. This was Rein's lightbulb moment. The answer to a very real problem that she, and all women, have been experiencing is intergenerational trauma as a result of oppression formed under the patriarchy.
Although Rein's discovery would undoubtably change the way women experience and understand stress, it was crucial that she first broaden the definition of trauma not with the intention of catering to PSD, but to better identify the ways in which trauma presents itself in the current generation. When studying psychology from the books and diagnostic manuals written exclusively by white men, trauma was narrowly defined as a life-threatening experience. By that definition, not many people fit the bill despite showing trauma-like symptoms such as disconnections from parts of their body, emotions and self-expression. However, as the field of psychology has expanded, more voices have been joining the conversations and expanding the definition of trauma based on their lived experience. "I have broadened the definition to say that any experience that makes us feel unsafe psychically or emotionally can be traumatic," stated Rein. By redefining trauma, people across the gender spectrum are able to find validation in their experiences and begin their journey to healing these traumas not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
While PSD is not experienced by one particular gender, as women who have been one of the most historically disadvantaged and oppressed groups, we have inherited survival instructions that express themselves differently for different women. For some women, this means their nervous systems freeze when faced with something that has been historically dangerous for women such as stepping into their power, speaking out, being visible or making a lot of money. Then there are women who go into fight or flight mode. Although they are able to stand in the spotlight, they pay a high price for it when their nervous system begins to work in a constant state of hyper vigilance in order to keep them safe. These women often find themselves having trouble with anxiety, intimacy, sleeping or relaxing without a glass of wine or a pill. Because of this, adrenaline fatigue has become an epidemic among high achieving women that is resulting in heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
"For the first time, it makes sense that we are not broken or making this up, and we have gained this understanding by looking through the lens of a shared trauma. All of these things have been either forbidden or impossible for women. A woman's power has always been a punishable offense throughout history," stated Rein.
Although the idea of having a disorder may be scary to some and even potentially contribute to a victim mentality, Rein wants people to be empowered by PSD and to see it as a diagnosis meant to validate your experience by giving it a name, making it real and giving you a means to heal yourself. "There are still experiences in our lives that are triggering PSD and the more layers we heal, the more power we claim, the more resilience we have and more ability we have in staying plugged into our power and happiness. These triggers affect us less and less the more we heal," emphasized Rein. While the task of breaking intergenerational transmission of trauma seems intimidating, the author has flipped the negative approach to the healing journey from a game of survival to the game of how good can it get.
In her new book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Barrier to Women's Happiness and Fulfillment, Rein details an easy system for healing that includes the necessary tools she has sourced over 20 years on her healing exploration with the pioneers of mind, body and trauma resolution. Her 5-step system serves to help "Jailbreakers" escape the inner prison of PSD and other hidden trauma through the process of Waking Up in Prison, Meeting the Prison Guards, Turning the Prison Guards into Body Guards, Digging the Tunnel to Freedom and Savoring Freedom. Readers can also find free tools on Rein's website to help aid in their healing journey and exploration.
"I think of the book coming out as the birth of a movement. Healing is not women against men– it's women, men and people across the gender spectrum, coming together in a shared understanding that we all have trauma and we can all heal."