Ladies! It’s the Panty Liner Vogue

What may be described as another revolution in hygienic care of a woman’s secret place is sweeping quietly through Nigeria. Gone for good are those days when the 20th Century grandmother caught her monthly period with rags or some other stuff. For good are also gone, that time when tissue (toilet) paper replaced grandma’s menstrual paraphenalia. Today’s smart women are not caught unaware by the onslaught of the Chinese or the Red Army, as we called a women’s monthly visitor in my high school days. In those days, boys did not realise women were to be honoured and protected for all they do to bring us humans to this earth, and to be nurtured until they mature, we can hop about on our own. They bear a pregnancy for nine good months, have their babies under excruciating pain, breastfeed them for as long as is necessary, see them through school or early life and, in the case of men, pass them on, with both eyes wide open like eagles, to another woman, a wife this time, who is to continue the breastfeeding and nurture of this gentleman along with her other chores as a woman.


However, what may pass as a revolution is creeping in, in the way Nigerian women are now taking care of the secret places, its the widespread use of the Panty Liner to complement previous and other current efforts to keep this place clean, germ-free, odourless and fresh. It isn’t anything new in Europe, Asia and in the United States. In these places, the panty liner has been worn by women for decades with accolades as well as criticisms. While some women say they have worn it almost all their adult life with good results, others say it caused them some troubles. But the balance of opinion appears to be in favour of the panty Liner. There are many reasons the Panty Liner is in vogue world–wide. Some of these are:

Urinary continence

This is a condition in which the bladder leaks. This may be caused by pressure on the sphincter muscle which tightened the neck of the bladderthereby preventing involuntary urine exit from the bladder. Sometimes, the problem comes from infection in the bladder which predisposes its stretch muscles to give way before they should. In some other cases, sitting for too long or holding urine when it should have been voided are behind this trouble. Another predisposing cause may be nutritional deficiency of such important nutrients, such as Vitamin E, which strengthen muscles throughout the body.

There are about four types of urinary incontinences:

  1. Urge incontinences: caused by over – active bladder.
  2. Stretch incontinence: caused by a poor closure of the bladder as explained
  3. Overflow incontinence arising from either “poor bladder contraction” or blockage of the urethra, the tube which brings urine from the bladder for voiding
  4. Functional incontinence due to “medications or health problems.

Whatever the type of urinary incontinence may make the sufferer void urine on the pant before she reaches the rest room. This would be embarrassing, as no doubt, the dress would be wet and urea smell strongly on the body. The Panty Liner would absorb the incontinence flow and prevent those hazards. The Panty Liner will thereafter be removed in the bathroom and replaced with another. They are so cheap that they hardly inflict unbearable holes in the budget. The predisposing factors of incontinences have to be treated. Among the major causes are yeast or infections. Infections may be caused by lower immunity. Immunity may drop from over exposure to sex. It does not matter if the over exposure is between a woman and her husband. The vaginal is likely acidic to kill germs. The semen is alkaline and carries antibodies to suppress antibody in the vaginal which would have destroyed sperm in the semen as it destroys other foreign bodies. The semen antibodies enable the sperm to live for about four days and travel to the egg to fertilise it. Frequent injection of semen in the vagina, even if from the same man, will alkalise the vagina, lower its immunity and make it a playground or refuse dump of germs.

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Vaginal discharge

 Many women experience vaginal discharge which may be corrosive and damage their panties, apart from making their other inner wear wet and foul-smelling. The discharge may occur when a woman responds with hearty laughter to a funny joke, or when she coughs. Divya Dwaraknath says:

“I am always reminded of how I need to increase my kegel exercise while I have a good laughing session and realise I wet my pant. The panty liner does a great job when you continue to laugh harder and do not mind a little flow it makes for a great running buddy. It is great to hydrate often when you are on a run, for there are those moments when you are running and notice you’ve lost a bit of bladder control.

Unexpected flow

 As stated earlier, the monthly period may catch a woman by surprise at work in the office or in the street or on a bus. It can be quite an embarrassing experience in this day and age. Panty liner in your bag is a great idea, on days when your period appears unannounced you can’t get hold of a pad in time,” says Divya Dwaraknath.

Menstrual spotting

Some women bleed slightly in-between two periods or at the tail end of one period. Menstrual spotting may not request a full pad. Panty Liners are smaller and more flexible and comfortable to carry about and to wear over a panty.

Postpartum flow

After a baby is born, it is possible for the mother to bleed slightly for a few days. This is called postpartum hemorrhage. Wearing a menstrual pad may be inconvenient at this time, unless the flow is heavy. A Panty Liner comes to the rescue.

It is also advised that wearing of Panty Liners on the last day of a period gives you a comfortable feel because it is thin in nature. It is also less expensive to a sanitary napkin, so make panty Liner a part of your life.”

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Ovulation and infections

 The Panty Liner can be used to absorb ovulation discharge and sperm reflux or other discharge which may follow sexual intercourse. Many Alternative Medicine marketing networks in Nigeria sell medicated menstrual pads and medicated Panty Liners today. Some of their networks say their products not only prevent re-infection by germs in the discharges, which the old-fashioned menstrual pads may not do, by killing off these germs once they are deposited on the pads or Liners. This is possible through these mechanisms. Mechanisms are discussed by

“Panty Liner is an absorbent piece of material used for feminine hygiene. Also known as Panty Shield, the uses of Panty Liner absorbance for daily vaginal, discharge light menstrual flow, post-intercourse discharge and slight urine leaks.” Panty Liner is related to sanitary napkin in their basic construction usually tinier and narrower than pads. Panty Liner absorbs much less liquid than normal sanitary napkin. Panty Liners are ideal for light discharge, every day cleanliness and personal hygiene. Panty liner is unsuitable for menstrual flow or medium to heavy incontinence.

“Each piece of anion panty liner consist of Anion chip that is able to release up to 5,800-6070 Negative Ion <Anion> per cubic cm. Helps women to prevent bacterial multiplication. Vaginal infection/discharge, eliminates odour and promotes comfort. We strongly encourage women who have vaginal infection/discharge to use Anion Panty Liner every day to overcome their problem. Anion (negative Ion) released is able to help them to fight with the bacterial infection at their Vaginal.

Vaginal infections or vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that creates discharges, odour, irritation or itching. Three vaginal infections are the most common. Their causes are quite different, their symptoms similar, and treatment varies.

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis
  2. Vaginal yeast infection
  3. Trichomoniasis

Vaginal discharge, itching and burning are common symptoms of the various forms of vaginitis. Although the symptoms of these infections to look for is the colour and smell of the discharge. Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during menstruation cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg) there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may need to wear panty liners during that time. The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green colour, is dumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odour.”

For the different types of discharge and what they mean, the website has more information.  Through their Anion strips, Panty Liners fight infections and odour. The infra-red mechanism oxygenates the vagina and the bio magnetism mechanism stimulates the healing process. Choosing a panty liner, the one in which the strip is made of plastic is to be avoided, as this is said to limit or prevent the breathing of the vagina, and this may cause trouble. So, ladies, welcome to the panty liner vogue!




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