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Do your favorite undies look like a crime scene thanks to a period mishap? Pads that shift, tampons that don’t do the trick, and menstrual cups that runneth over are just a few of the reasons so many people are making the switch to period underwear.
We’ve rounded up the best period underwear based on reviews, different menstrual needs, and price.
Price range guide:
- $ (less than $25)
- $$ (between $25 – $40)
- $$$ ($40 and up)
Whether your period is heavy one day or all freaking period long, these options are designed to handle it all.
Absorbency: up to 3-4 tampons’ worth
ModiBodi’s Classic Bikini takes honors as the company’s most reviewed high-absorbency underwear. They can be worn without any backup on moderate-to-heavy flow days. Freedom!
They’re comfy and their liners are odor-fighting, moisture-wicking, and stain-resistant.
Absorbency: up to 4 tampons’ worth
The Thinx Hiphugger is the brand’s bestselling style and it’s finally available in heavy absorbency.
The style’s already a fave for everyday wear because it’s insanely comfortable and moves with you. The high-absorbency option means heavy-flow peeps can finally see what all the hype’s about.
Period underwear for everyday wear and an average flow should be seriously comfortable. We’ve found a few options that fit the bill and are comfortable for work, play, and everything in between.
Absorbency: light to medium flow
This bamboo period pantie has everything you want in daily undies. It’s made of breathable bamboo, it’s comfortable, and it’s affordable.
Based on reviews, it’s an all-ages fave for people with light to medium flow. The style offers good coverage without looking like a pair of granny panties and lots of rear protection for sleeping.
Absorbency: up to 2 regular tampons’ worth
Based on reviews, these rival your favorite pair of sweats when it comes to comfort.
They’re made from 95 percent organic cotton and 5 percent elastane, so they’re breathable with just enough stretch to prevent sagging. Cotton’s also the way to go if you sweat a lot or have sensitive skin.
Comfort and cuteness are just as important as avoiding the kind of period mishaps that’ll make you dread walking across the quad.
These are the crème de la crème of period underwear for tweens and teens.
Absorbency: 1 to 3 teaspoons
Knixteen is Knix’s teen-friendly line and it’s awesome. Word has it they really do let you move and do your thing, all while looking cute.
The panties are seamless and insanely comfortable so you can wear them under anything. Based on reviews, they’re easy to wash and they dry fast.
Absorbency: 2 to 3 tampons’ worth
Yay for options! Modibodi also has a line of cute, comfy period underwear for younger menstruators.
They look and feel like regular underwear and come in moderate to heavy absorbency. This is especially important because puberty often means crazy, allover-the-place periods with ever-changing flows.
You probably already know that menstruation products can be a bit — ok, a lot — gender-centric. But, an increasing number of companies are starting to offer more gender-neutral styles.
Absorbency: up to 2 tampons’ worth
This crowd favorite is a basic boxer brief that comes in neutral colors with a lined leak-proof inner panel and a reusable insert pad. You can also purchase additional inserts to customize absorbency to your flow.
Absorbency: up to 3 to 4 tampons’ worth
This basic boyshort is snug but stretchy, allowing for all kinds of movement. It’s a moderate- to high-absorbency option in a gender-neutral style that feels like you’re wearing nothing at all, according to reviews.
Given the quality, they’re pretty affordable, too.
Absorbency: up to 2 to 3 tampons’ worth
Heck yeah for a gender-neutral option for teens!
Though there are plenty of colorful options, this period underwear also comes in basic black and gray. The line is comfy, discreet, and works for moderate to heavy flows so you don’t have to worry about leaks.
The key to picking the right period pantie for sleeping is to look for something with extra coverage and enough stretch to be snug, but comfortable.
For a better night’s sleep, these should do the trick.
Absorbency: up to 3 tampons’ worth
These super-absorbent sleep shorts do double duty as period underwear that can be worn under your jammies or sleep shorts that you can rock as they are.
They have a built-in pad that’s extra long for added protection while you snooze. Being seamless, you could probably get away with these by day under your clothes.
Absorbency: up to 2 tampons’ worth
People love these for sleep and everything else because they’re so comfortable. Even though they’re a hipster, you get plenty of side and rear coverage. The breathable fabric and non-elasticized leg openings make them ideal for sleep.
As far as protection from nocturnal nastiness, a removable pad insert lets you add more protection on heavier days or at bedtime.
Raise your hand if you’ve skipped a workout because of your period!
The right period underwear can make or break your workout. These options let you move your body and bleed free without leaving anything more than sweat behind.
Absorbency: up to 2 tampons’ worth
There’s no way around it — these are pricey. If you like to work out in shorts without the added bulk of underwear, it’s hard to find something that fits the bill as closely as these.
They look like cute athletic shorts but are actually period-proof shorts with built-in, super-absorbent underwear. Some reviewers find them so comfy that they wear them even when they aren’t on their period. Another bonus? They have a zip pocket for your keys.
Absorbency: up to 1.5 tampons’ worth
The Thinx air line of period underwear are a gym fave because they’re made of ultra-thin micromesh and keep you dry (or as dry as you can be on your period, anyway).
Like other Thinx products, they’re pricey, but reviewers rave about the quality.
Can we take a moment to give thanks for period-proof swimwear? What a time to be alive.
Absorbency: up to 3 tampons’ worth or up to 6 tampons’ worth with extra liner
Ruby love has a huge selection of period-proof swimwear, including bikini bottoms, sets, and one-piece suits.
As far as leak protection, they seem to excel there, too, holding up to 3 tampons’ worth of blood. Plus, you can add liner inserts for additional coverage.
Bleeding, bladder leaks, and discharge are standard fare after giving birth. While those mesh undies and ginormous hospital pads are functional, they’re, well, hideous.
Most high-absorbency period briefs will do for postpartum bleeding, but there’s one pair that seems to stand out.
Absorbency: not specified
These are made specifically with postpartum life and leaks in mind. They have gently, velvet compression bands to support your tummy and low back. There’s also an extra long leak-proof liner.
A thong and your period may seem like a disaster waiting to happen, but as long as your flow isn’t too heavy, these options should work just fine.
Absorbency: light flow
The Knix thong is seamless, fast-drying, and ridiculously comfortable. Some reviewers even report working out in them during lighter-flow days.
Absorbency: up to half a tampon’s worth
If you prefer a thong with a little more flair, consider this lacy option from Thinx. Wearers love the look and feel of it for ultra-light days or as backup on heavier days when wearing a cup or tampon.
Once you’ve found the perfect pair, make them last by following the manufacturer’s washing instructions. Most recommend using cold water and mild detergent. While machine washing seems to be fine for most, the delicate cycle is preferred.
Machine drying is a no-go, so lay flat or hang to dry depending on what the tag says.
As for stains, most period undies are stain-resistant, but soaking them in cold water as soon as you take them off can give you some extra reassurance.