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Period underwear may be what you call the old undies that you wear when you’ve got your period.
You know the ones – they’re old, losing their elastic, wearing a bit thin in places and maybe a bit saggy on the bum. They are anything but glamorous, but that’s exactly the point. Afterall, you don’t want to ruin your best Victoria’s Secret with accidental period leakage!
While this is a very valid kind of period underwear, it’s actually not the kind I’m talking about. Today we are going to reinvent the definition of period underwear.
What is Period Underwear?
The kind of period underwear that I want to introduce you to contains *technology* (sounds fancy!) that will absorb your period and magically wick away moisture. In doing so, it will also stop bacteria and smells and keep you feeling FRESH as a daisy. Say what?
When I say period underwear, you may be forgiven for thinking I am describing a giant nappy – I’m not.
You may be forgiven for thinking these undies would need to be disposed of immediately at the end of the day – they don’t!
And even better, they are stylish and discreet.
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Where can you find Period Underwear?
Once upon a time, you would have found there were very few brands of period underwear on the market. Once upon a time, if you spoke about period underwear publicly, you may have received strange looks.
Period underwear is coming into its own and everyone is jumping on board. From small start-ups, to hundred year old big businesses, to international Hollywood celebrities. Amy Schumer hilariously spoke about period underwear and menstrual cups in her Netflix comedy hit ‘Growing.‘
Period underwear is having a moment.
The OG of Period Underwear?
Now there are many brands of period underwear available. But the original period underwear brands were born in Australia and the USA at similar times. They are Modibodi (AUS) and THINX (USA).
These brands exclusively sell period underwear and other similar incontinence, maternity and sweat-proof underwear products.
It’s been a hot minute since these OG brands launched. They both launched way back in 2013. It’s now 2020.
Of course, there have been quite a few other period underwear brands pop-up since then. Some of these other brands include Love Luna, Wuka, Dear Kate, Bambody, Knix and Ruby Love.
Just a few weeks ago, iconic Australian underwear brand BONDS, launched their own range of period underwear. The range is aptly called BONDS Bloody Comfy Period Undies. This is an example of a big business, that has been around for 100 years, jumping on the period underwear bandwagon.
Big brands like BONDS have customer loyalty and trust, so it’s a huge leap forward in the world of period underwear. If you want to see more of the BONDS period underwear, you can check out my recent post here: BONDS Period Undies. I ordered two pairs and share them with you in a YouTube video.
How does Period Underwear work?
Period underwear is special underwear you can wear when you’ve got your period. They absorb your flow but stop moisture, bacteria and smell.
Depending on your flow, you may be able to use them as a stand alone period management solution. That means, no pads or tampons required. Or you may to prefer to use them as a back up with your menstrual cup, or as peace of mind protection when your period is starting or finishing.
Personally, I love wearing period underwear as a stand alone period solution overnight when I’m sleeping or when I’m at home. Otherwise I wear period underwear as a back up when using a menstrual cup. I feel much more relaxed knowing that my period underwear is there to absorb any period leaks. Period underwear gives me so much confidence that I’m even comfortable enough to wear white on my period.
Period underwear comes in varying levels of absorbency. Ranging from light absorbency through to heavy/overnight absorbency. The heaviest of absorbencies have the capacity to absorb up to 4 tampons worth of menstrual fluid.
I write in depth about how Modibodi period underwear works specifically in this blog post if you want to learn more.
Washing Period Underwear
Period underwear is washable and reusable, which is a big yay for sustainable periods!
Don’t worry, period underwear is easy to wash. Check out the 4 easy steps for how to wash period underwear here.
The Final Wrap on Period Underwear
In my opinion, period underwear is a great addition to any underwear drawer. You can go all in and use them to fully replace all other period products. Or you can use them in conjunction with other period products. The choice is yours.
Either way, they’re super useful and one of my favourite products for a better period.
If you’re already using period underwear let me know how you’re finding them in the comments below!
If you want to give them a go, I recommend trying out Modibodi. Modibodi are a leading brand of period underwear, available worldwide available and they usually always have a discount available on their products. Period underwear is not super cheap, so be sure to click this link to find out what Modibodi discount codes are available before you make your purchase. You won’t be disappointed with their products!
The Better Period
Ellie Heasman is a period blogger and founder of The Better Period. Ellie helps people on their journey to a better period through introducing them to the world of menstrual cups and period underwear, and sharing knowledge about the menstrual cycle and fertility awareness. You can join in the better period conversations on Instagram @thebetterperiod_ or find out more about Ellie here.