Women's padded bike shorts have many options. The link above will provide you a great overview of some of the types of padded shorts available for sale. There is also more information on the details of the women's chamois pad options so that you can see some of the types of chamois pads that are sewn into a pair of women's padded cycling shorts. Their utility for cycling is best understood when riding more than 10 - 15 miles at a time. During longer bicycle rides, the "sitting" bones in the pelvic area start to become uncomfortable. Other areas of discomfort come from the abrasion or rubbing from seams in underwear. Bike shorts are worn without underwear and the pad is next to the skin, the design of the chamois pad inside the short prevent this type of rubbing or abrasion commonly referred to as saddle sores.