It’s a very common question for women to have; “What’s the difference between a panty liner and a sanitary pad?” Well, one thing you probably already know is that these sanitary products are meant to be used during your period! However, it’s useful to know the difference between these products so that you can choose the right product at the right time for your needs.
In this article, we will explore Panty Liners vs. Pads, and will help you understand the differences and when you should use them.
What are Panty Liners?
Like the name suggests, panty liners are feminine care products designed that line the inside of your panties. These products are commonly used when you experience light or moderate vaginal discharge. Generally, they may not provide adequate protection if worn as the only protection during heavy menstrual flow days.
Panty liners are specifically designed to absorb light discharge or urine leakage. These products can also be used as a backup for unexpected periods or tampons. Panty liners are quite thin and designed to mold to your underwear. Therefore, they are quite comfortable and efficient.
There are two main reasons you might decide to use a panty liner: for extra protection during your period, and for everyday freshness.
- Panty Liners for Extra Protection – During your heavier flow days, a little extra protection can help you feel comfortable and confident all day long. Panty liners are a great addition to using a tampon, helping to keep you dry and catch any possible leakage that might occur.
- Panty Liners for Everyday Freshness – Many women enjoy the confidence and fresh feeling that wearing a thin panty liner gives them every day. Carefree® Acti-Fresh® Thin liners, for example, absorb wetness and protecting your panties from normal vaginal discharge, perspiration and unexpected menstrual flow.
What Are Sanitary Pads?
Sanitary pads are specifically designed to absorb your menstrual flow during your period. This highlights the main difference between sanitary pads and panty liners; sanitary pads are generally thicker and more absorbent than panty liners.
When Should You Wear Sanitary Pads and Panty Liners?
There is no rule when it comes to using sanitary pads and panty liners. Really, it’s all about what makes you most comfortable and confident.
Generally speaking, however, when you are at the start or middle of your menstrual period, you may find that sanitary pads will provide the higher level of absorbency you will need. Again, pads are meant to capture and absorb the heavier flow of your period.
Once the heavy flow of your period has subsided, you might want to then consider panty liners as part of your everyday protection and freshness routine. These liners will absorb any traces of blood that may have been left after your period has ended, and keep you feeling dry and fresh.
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.