Why are my menstrual panties stained?

Pourquoi ma culotte menstruelle est tâchée ?

Why is my menstrual panty stained or discolored?

It can happen that your menstrual panties are stained following its use and that in spite of a strict washing. Unlike a bad washing, these stains are not a residue of blood but are a discoloration of the dye of your organic cotton panties. This does not alter the quality and absorbency of the panties but may not be very aesthetic.

This does not spare organic cottons and Oeko-tex certified fabrics and is in no way a sign of poor quality materials. It depends on the materials, the dyes used and the acidity of the flow: that's why some panties react, and others don't! However, this is only an aesthetic aspect that does not hinder the effectiveness of menstrual panties. However, some very acidic discharges can even cause small holes in the thin cotton layer.

How to avoid that your panties discolour?

We advise you to change your underwear more regularly and to rinse it quickly after wearing it if you do not want to alter the aesthetics of your panties. To minimize them, rinse them in cold water without soap as soon as possible after wearing them, then put them in the washing machine.

What is acid loss?

Acidic discharge is a perfectly normal phenomenon and a good sign. The inside of our vagina contains a whole bacterial flora that helps to protect it. This flora is composed of micro-organisms: lactobacilli, streptococci, and other micro-organisms that secrete lactic acid, but also hydrogen peroxide, which is simply hydrogen peroxide. Inside the vaginal discharge, there are small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, enough to discolor the fabric of your menstrual panties and your panties in general.

It is quite normal that the pH of the vagina is acid. You should not try to get rid of this vaginal discharge by taking vaginal showers for example. In fact, the vagina cleans itself thanks to this vaginal discharge, which is essential to its proper functioning. Disrupting this mechanism by unbalancing the flora would open the door to inflammation and infections.

Conversely, there is no need to be alarmed if your discharge is not acidic. These parameters vary according to the hormonal period.

Does acidic discharge damage Elia menstrual panties?

Don't worry: acidic discharge does not in any way weaken the absorption capacity of your menstrual panties because it is only the black cotton fabric layer that will be discolored. The absorbent part, made of eucalyptus fiber at Elia, will not be affected by the acidity.

When should I worry about my vaginal discharge?

Although vaginal discharge is normal, it can change in appearance, color (it can become grayish or greenish), or even smell, becoming really smelly. They can also be accompanied by itching or burning. In these cases, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

On the same subject : Mycosis : should you use period panties ?

There are tests to find out if you have a mycosis (imbalance of the microbiota that does not require antibiotic treatment) or a vaginosis (imbalance of the microbiota that requires antibiotic treatment). Thus, the doctor of pharmacy will be able to help you choose an appropriate treatment at first. However, if the problem persists, you should consult a doctor to be prescribed a more appropriate treatment.

If you want to know more about the subject, watch our dedicated video!


1 comment


  • Maria

    Haa purée !! justement je me posais la question !

    J’ai une décoloration de toutes mes culottes. Je pensais que j’avais une maladie haha
    Merci pour l’info


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