FAQ

Questions about Menstrual Panties

How do menstrual panties work?

Menstrual panties absorb menstruation and prevent any leakage, keeping you protected at all times and eliminating the need for other menstrual hygiene products. You no longer have to choose between comfort and safety.

How should I wash and dry them?

Soak them in cold water for 30 minutes to remove the blood. If it doesn't come off completely, you can use neutral soap and baking soda. Let them soak for a while longer and finally, wash them by hand or in the washing machine at a maximum temperature of 40¬įC.

Once you have washed them, stretch your panties and let them air dry. Avoid putting them in the tumble dryer as this may cause them to shrink or lose their absorbent properties.

How long can I wear them for?

This will depend on how abundant your flow is. For some people this may be 8 hours, but others need to change earlier. As soon as you start to feel some wetness around the edges of your panties, it's time to put on new ones.

As a tip, you can touch a piece of paper to the side of the panty to make sure. For this, we recommend always having at least a 3-pack of panties (and some extra panties in your bag if you're going to be away from home for a long time).

Do they work if I have a very heavy flow?

Yes, no problem at all. All our period panties absorb the equivalent of 3 tampons. If you have a very heavy flow, this simply means you will need to change them more often.

Do all your menstrual panties have the same level of absorbency?

Yes, all our panties absorb the equivalent of 3 disposable tampons and offer up to 8 hours of total protection.

The only ones in the collection that we recommend using at the beginning or end of your period are the thongs as they have less room to absorb large amounts of flow due to their design.

How many will I need for each menstruation?

While that will depend on your amount of flow and how long your period lasts, we recommend having a 3-pack of panties so you can test how they feel and how often you find it useful to change them.

You should also consider whether you want to wear them all day, only at certain times or even at night. This will also determine whether you need to add more panties to your collection.

Will I feel wet if I wear period panties?

At all, the top layer allows blood to drain and be absorbed and stored in the next layer. This way the vulva is not in contact with the blood and the last layer remains soft and dry.

How do I know my menstrual panty size?

Each of our knickers has a size chart indicating the centimetres of the hip and waist so you can know exactly which one to choose.

Depending on the model there may be small variations, so we recommend you always follow the size chart. If you still have any doubts, you can chat with us or send an email to info@theecowoman.com so that we can help you choose and avoid you having to manage an exchange.

What is the difference between classic and seamless panties?

The difference between one model and another lies in their design. The classic ones have seams and the others, as the name says, do not have seams. It is a model that was designed to be even more comfortable and more similar to your usual knickers.

What is the difference between menstrual panties and incontinence briefs?

The main difference is that incontinence briefs have a larger absorbency zone that covers up to the hips. The other briefs have a coverage area up to the buttocks. However, they all have the same level of absorbency and guarantee up to 8 hours of total protection and comfort.

Can they be used as swimming costumes?

No, we do not recommend using menstrual knickers in place of swimming costumes as the type of fabric used in knickers is different to that used in swimming costumes.

Bikinis are designed specifically for use in the water. On the outside they are made of lycra like regular bikinis, and on the inside they have the 5 layers of absorbency to prevent leakage.

Can they be used postpartum?

No problem at all. In fact, you'll feel much more comfortable and confident wearing menstrual panties postpartum. We even recommend wearing incontinence briefs for these cases as they have a larger area of coverage and can make you feel more confident that they will absorb everywhere.

Can they be used for sport?

Yes, of course. Many customers do it every month and have left positive feedback. We recommend trying them out first and, once you feel comfortable, try your favourite sporting activity in them.

Questions about Menstrual Bikinis

How do menstrual bikinis work?

Our menstrual swimming costume has been specifically designed so you can swim while menstruating. Our anti-leak technology means that blood is absorbed by the menstrual swimming costume while the waterproof layer prevents blood from leaking out of the menstrual bikini. It's perfect for every day of your period; those days when you don't know if you're on your period and just want to be covered up, as well as those days when your period is heavier.

How should I wash and dry them?

Soak it in cold water for about 30 minutes to remove the blood. If it doesn't come off completely, you can use neutral soap and baking soda.

Let them soak for a while longer and finally, wash them by hand or in the washing machine at a maximum temperature of 40 ¬ļC. Once you have washed them, stretch the bikini and let them dry in the open air. Ideally, it should be able to dry in the sun. Avoid putting it in the dryer as this may cause it to shrink or lose its absorbent properties.

How long can I wear it for?

As with all our products, this will depend on your flow and comfort, but the swimming costumes are designed to hold up to 8 hours and prevent leakage in that time.

What is the absorbency of the swimming costume?

Its absorption level is equivalent to 2 disposable tampons or up to 8 hours of protection. No more worrying about leaks or stains when you're at the pool or in the sea.

When is it not advisable to wear a menstrual bikini?

We do not recommend using it on occasions where there is excessive flow or bleeding menses, or at least not as the only menstrual hygiene product in such cases.

How many years can I wear my menstrual bikini?

As with our other products, the bikini also has a lifespan of up to 5 years as it is designed with the same natural products and DryFit technology.

What material is it made of?

On the outside they are made of lycra like regular bikinis, and on the inside they have the 5 layers of absorption to prevent leaks.

How do I know which size to choose?

The menstrual swimming costume may be sized slightly smaller than usual due to its construction, to fully protect you from leaks and to ensure complete absorption.

That's why when deciding on the size, we recommend choosing one size larger than your usual size, however, you will find a size guide with specific measurements on the product page.

Will the blood flow out of the swimming costume into the pool or the sea?

Both the seams and the waterproof part prevent blood from coming out of the menstrual swimming costume, so you don't have to worry, even if water gets into the swimming costume or you move, no blood will come out into the water, the absorbent part will take care of it.

Do I have to change my swimming costume every time I swim in the water?

No! The idea of the swimming costume is that you can enjoy your summer days without worrying about menstruating.

That's why you should only change if it's been 8 hours or sooner if you feel damp, if it's your first time wearing it, we suggest you try it for less hours and see how you feel.

Does the swimming costume swell when it comes into contact with water?

No, it is specifically designed so that it does not swell or feel uncomfortable when it comes into contact with water. This is thanks to its wicking layers and DryFit technology.

Does it smell after bathing in the water?

While obviously after the 8 hours you will need to change it to make sure you don't stain or leak, during that time the swimming costume does not smell or stain.

Is the swimming costume only the bottom or does it include the top?

Our product is only the bikini bottoms, we do not sell the bikini top.

Questions about Fabric Pads and Panty Liners

How do pads and panty liners work?

Our cloth pads are available in 2 different sizes (one for day and one for night) to suit your flow. They can absorb up to 3 times more than a tampon and keep you protected for up to 8 hours, depending on your period. You don't need to wear other menstrual products. Panty liners are ideal for the first or last days of your period, or to use as a complement to your menstrual cup.

Their absorption capacity is the equivalent of a conventional tampon. Both have 5 layers of natural fabrics that will guarantee fast absorption, maximum comfort and zero leakage.

How do I wear them?

The eco-friendly bamboo fabric part faces you, and the print part faces your panties. Put them on and use the buttons to adjust them and prevent them from moving around.

How should I wash and dry them?

Soak them in cold water for 30 minutes to remove the blood. If it doesn't come off completely, you can use neutral soap and baking soda. Let them soak for a while longer and then wash them by hand or in the washing machine at a maximum temperature of 40¬įC.

Once you have washed them, stretch your pad or panty liners and let them air dry. Ideally, it should be able to dry in the sun. Avoid putting them in the dryer as this may cause them to shrink or lose their absorbency properties.

Will I stain the rest of my clothes if I wash them in the washing machine?

Not at all! By soaking them beforehand, you ensure that the blood comes out of your menstrual product. And even if there is a stain, it won't affect the rest of your clothes if you wash them in cold water in the washing machine.

How long can I wear them for?

This will depend on how abundant your flow is. For some people this may be 8 hours, but others need to change sooner. The moment you start to feel wetness in the pad, that's the signal to change pads.

For this, we recommend always having a pack of at least 3 pads or panty liners.

If I am away from home, where can I store my pads or panty liners so that they don't smell or stain?

All our packs come with a free waterproof bag for just such occasions. If you're out and about and need to change your pad or panty liners, you can carry them in your bag which is guaranteed to keep odours and stains out of your bag.

How do I know which size to choose?

It will depend on your flow as well, but you may find it useful to have a pack containing the different sizes to use at different times of your period:

  • The panty liners are for your light flow days or to combine with the cup.The day pads are for normal flows that are not extremely heavy.
  • The night pad is ideal for your heavy flow days or for sleeping through the night without leaking.
  • The night pad is ideal for your heavy flow days or for sleeping through the night without leaking.
How many will I need for each menstruation?

While that will depend on your body and your flow, we recommend having a 6-pack of pads so you have the freedom to use and wash them without such a rush.

If you are just getting started with reusable products, you can choose a 3-pack of pads or panty liners, see how you feel with them and how long you determine you can wear them for. Most women who use only pads or panty liners during menstruation average 12-18 days.

What material are they made of?

Our pads and panty liners are made from natural materials such as organic bamboo and cotton. They are free of chemicals and plastics.

They feature 5 layers of natural fabrics and DryFit technology to ensure your comfort and complete absorption of menstrual blood.

How many years can I use my pads and panty liners?

Our products are designed to be reusable for up to 5 years. This means that once you have the pack you need, you'll save a lot of money every month.

Do they feel the same as disposable pads or are they uncomfortable?

Fabric pads and panty liners emulate disposable pads, but without irritation or chafing of the skin. Because they are made from natural materials, they are soft and even more comfortable. Plus, their absorbent layers are thin so you hardly feel like you're wearing them.

Can I sleep with a cloth compress and not stain?

Yes, we recommend using a night-time pad for sleeping, as it absorbs more of the flow and allows you to stay calm throughout the night.

If you have a heavy flow, you can also use it as a complement if you use a menstrual cup or other menstrual product.

General Questions

What certifications do the products have?

All our products are certified according to OEKO-TEK Standard 100, which verifies that there are no harmful substances in textiles or in the manufacturing process.

Are the products fragranced?

No, our products are free of fragrances or perfumes to avoid any kind of allergy or alteration of the vagina.

Will I see stains on products after use?

Although as products designed to absorb menstrual blood, it is normal for them to stain after a period of use, with proper washing and drying, they should not be affected.

Is it hygienic to use reusable menstrual products?

Yes, it is completely safe and hygienic to use our reusable products. Just be careful not to wear them for more than 8 hours to avoid infection or allergy in the area.

Why shouldn't I use fabric softener or bleach?

We do not recommend the use of fabric softeners or bleach as they can change their absorbent function and limit their years of use. The more natural the washing process, the better it is for your reusable panties or sanitary towels.

What can I do if my products smell after use?

If you have washed them as instructed and you still see that there are products that smell, we suggest soaking them in water with a little vinegar for 30 minutes.

After this time, you can repeat the washing process by hand or put them in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes.

Can I choose different pad patterns or colours on my panties when wearing a pack?

Yes! If you want to mix and match prints on your pads or want more than one colour in your menstrual panty pack, please contact our customer service team via our in-store chat or email info@theecowoman.com and let them know how you would like it to look.