underwear for menstruationIf I were writing in Beauty & Style Buzz, I might be talking about vintage undergarments from the 19th century. But I know you know I'm talking about Aunt Flo's visit at that time of the month. (Man, I haven't used those euphemisms in 15 years.)

After reading a post about this in The CafeMom Newcomer's Club, I made a couple of observations about the underwear we keep buried deep in the back of the drawer:

Period panties are almost never new. In nearly all cases they start out fresh and even sexy, only relegated to their new status following a bout of forgetfulness, ill timing, or other unforseen messes circumstances.

Guys just don't get them."My boyfriend saw some of my 'dirty' panties and he's all, "Are you keeping these?" says one mom. "I told him yes and he looked at me like I was dirty. I had to explain to him that just like birth control, tampons and pads can fail too."

Many are white or light colored. For the reason above -- they don't start out as period panties. Why don't we get a clue and buy some colored ones once in a while? "I actually bought some black ones so they don't look so nasty. My SO just about vomited when he saw my 'rag ins' so since then they have been black."

Bleach is not a good solution. Yet we continue to saturate the crotch, only to toss them in the trash a few washes later when the big hole appears.

Plummeting hormones must release chemicals that trigger hording behavior. How else would you explain our refusal to just toss the nasty granny pants out and buy a fresh pack every other month or so? "I actually just get cheap ones from Target for that," says a CafeMom. "I keep all my Victoria's Secret ones for the safe time of month."

The period panties virus can spread to your entire wardrobe. "I also have period shorts and shirts that I wear to sleep. If my pad does me wrong, I wash them every day if I have to."

Do you have period panties -- old underthings reserved for that one week a month? C'mon, I know you do ...