The 411 on Period Underwear and Some of Our Top Picks

If you’re here, you want to learn more about period underwear! Below, we’ve compiled some information to help you decide whether period underwear is right for you, along with some product options.

What Is Period Underwear?

There has been a recent increase in brands selling forms of “period underwear.” Most of these styles feature an absorbent, multilayered crotch area typically made of microfiber polyester designed to soak up menstrual blood. The fabric has thousands of tiny filaments to trap the blood or any other liquid and prevent it from leaking. Many styles all feature odor-control technology.

Some women use period underwear as an added layer of protection to their traditional period products; others use it in lieu of these products. Period underwear are environmentally friendly (less waste) and easy to care for (machine-washable). They are also cost-effective because they are reusable. Note: Period products are now Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) eligible; you may be able to get reimbursement through your HSA or FSA.

Period Underwear Options

There is a variety of period underwear to choose from. Here are our picks:

Knix Super Leakproof High Rise ($32, shop here)

Knix’s leakproof period underwear absorbs the equivalent of up to eight tampons! These high-rise underwear offer the coverage and comfort many of us desire during our periods. Available in sizes XS through 4XL.

The Period Company The Bikini Period in Organic Cotton For Heavy Flows ($12, shop here)

If you’re looking for sleeker, more heavy-duty, and affordable period underwear, we love The Period Company’s Bikini Period underwear. It is meant for heavier flows (the equivalent of up to 8-10 tampons) and includes a four-layer towel system. Available in sizes XS through 6XL.

Victoria’s Secret Pink Period Hipster Underwear ($16.95, shop here)

Victoria’s Secret is also in the period undies business. These hipster period underwear are meant for women with lighter flows or during the lightest part of their period. They are as absorbent as two regular tampons. Available in sizes XS through XXL.

Modibodi Classic Boyshort Heavy-Overnight Absorbency ($33.50, shop here)

Boyshort underpants are some of the most comfortable, which is why we love Modibodi’s Classic Boyshort, specifically made for heavy overnight flow. These undies are made with breathable bamboo and offer full booty coverage. Available in sizes XS through 3XL.

The Eco Woman Period Thong ($21.90, shop here)

The Eco Woman’s breathable Period Thong features five layers of protection and has three times the absorbency of a tampon, making it easy to exercise and move around without worrying about leakage. Available in sizes S through 3XL.

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