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As a girl, do I have to wear a pantyliner every day?

Your Question

As a girl, do I have to wear a panty liner every day?

Answer

Hi there, welcome to Ask Pat and thank you for your question. 

You have asked if you, as a girl, have to wear a pantyliner every day. 

Pantyliners are lighter pads used to absorb everyday vaginal discharge, unexpected light period flow, light spotting, staining at the beginning and ends of periods, and post-intercourse discharge.  

Vaginal discharge is normal and happens for a variety of reasons throughout the menstrual cycle (keeping the vagina lubricated, ovulation, and arousal, to name a few). On one hand, wearing a pantyliner can be helpful for keeping underwear dry and free from stains. On the other hand, they can trigger labia redness, irritation and itching. You can find more information about pantyliners here: https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/hygiene-and-beauty/panty-liners. 

Some women will find them useful, others won’t; some will always wear them, other would only use them at certain times or not at all. As it is your body, you have the right to decide if you want to use pantyliners or not, depending on whether you need them and feel comfortable wearing them. It is your choice and no one else’s. 

If you’d like to chat about this in a bit more depth and don’t feel comfortable doing so with someone in your life right now, Childline is always here to listen to you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our service is free and confidential. You can call us on 1800 66 66 66, text us on 50101 or webchat with us through our website www.childline.ie. Childline is here to listen to what’s going on for you at the moment and we would love to chat with you.   

We hope we have helped you. Thanks again for contacting us! 

Take care, 

Pat 

 

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