10 Period Underwear Options That Will Make That Time of the Month Way Better

The 10 Best Period Underwear for Women


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Period underwear has really evolved in recent years. And it's nice to have another option for that time of the month aside from tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. You can choose whatever works best for you and your lifestyle when it comes to period care products these days, and in my opinion, it's only getting better with what's available.

If you're unfamiliar with period underwear, its name pretty much speaks for itself. It's underwear that is designed to soak up menstrual fluid. Like tampons and pads, the underwear has different absorbencies and fits. Some are meant for your heavier days, while others can be worn on the lighter, last days of your period. And you'll be happy to know that there are a variety of cuts, like briefs and bikinis and thongs.

Take a look at some options below.

When they say this underwear is super absorbent, they really mean it—it absorbs up to eight tampons' worth! This boyshort option has extra coverage and is super comfortable, but Knix has a bunch of other styles and absorbency levels, like super-leakproof thongs and medium absorbency leakproof cheeky underwear.

Just because it's period underwear doesn't mean it can't be cute or sexy. This pair from Proof has a pretty lace detail. It can hold up to three tampons' worth of menstrual fluid.

Ruby Love not only features period underwear, but it also has swim options and pieces for incontinence (for men, too!). Every piece is leak-proof, odor-free, and won't chafe. And the period underwear has absorbency levels of up to 2.5 tampons' worth.

Saalt is known for its highly rated menstrual cups, but the brand launched a line of period underwear, Saalt Wear, earlier this year. The product range has pieces for heavier days and lighter days. This thong is best for lighter days, and the mid-rise piece has a delicate European lace detail, too.

Celebrity stylist Karla Welch and Sasha Markov founded The Period Company to change the way people look at periods and to create sustainable options for menstrual care products. The pieces are one of the more affordable options when it comes to period underwear, with the most expensive product being the high-absorbency The Sleeper brief ($24). It absorbs up to 10 tampons' or 6 pads' worth of flow.

Rael is another company that offers tampons, pads, and menstrual cups (plus supplements and skincare), in addition to disposable and reusable period underwear. The reusable option absorbs as much as three tampons and is made of breathable cotton.

This hipster version has three layers of breathable fabric which are leak-resistant, stain releasing, and moisture-wicking. It holds up to 1.5 tampons' worth of menstrual fluid. In addition to period underwear, Dear Kate also has leak-proof activewear.

Part of Modibodi's mission is giving back to the community, so in 2021 the brand has pledged to donate 100,000 pairs of reusable leak-proof underwear to 20,000 people in need. Its goal is to end period poverty. The underwear options have a huge range of absorbencies from super light to maxi (up to 24 hours of protection). And Modibodi also has a line of postpartum and maternity bras, camis, and briefs.

You've probably heard about Thinx before since it was one of the first brands to get a lot of buzz in the period underwear space. The brand has five different types of absorbencies: lightest, light, moderate, heavy, and super. This hiphugger has super absorbency, so it holds up to five regular tampons' worth.

Bambody's underwear is made with—you guessed it—bamboo fabric. The absorbent styles have four layers: a black inside layer, an absorbent layer, a leak-proof layer, and the bamboo fabric. This lacy bikini can hold as much as two tampons would and is sweat-wicking.

Other Period Products We Love

Lena's menstrual cups come highly rated—they have 18,000-plus ratings and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The cup can be one for 12 consecutive hours and is odorless and leak-free. It comes in small and large sizes, depending on your flow.

The Honey Pot Company is all about plant-derived feminine care products that will make you feel good and won't irritate you. The brand's pads are infused with a herbal blend of aloe and lavender and mint essential oils for extra comfort and to cool.

Lola tampons are made with hypoallergenic organic cotton and have a BPA-free applicator. And they're also free of toxins, dyes, fragrances, and chlorine bleach. They have 360-degree leak protection to absorb everything.

These supplements can help lift your spirits and help with stress, especially when you need some PMS relief. They're formulated with B6, GABA, organic St. John's Wort, and organic chasteberry.

This kit has everything you need to deal with menstrual cramps. It has a period balm that creates a gentle warmth on the skin to soothe, plus a heat relief patch that provides comfort for up to 8 hours.

Saalt's soft cup is made of ultra-soft silicone so it's gentle and comfortable for anyone who might have trouble wearing a menstrual cup or have bladder sensitivity or cramping.

These pads have an organic cotton top sheet and a super absorbent core to keep you dry and fresh. The sheets are also breathable, so odor is eliminated.

Cora's tampons have a highly absorbent, hypoallergenic, and organic cotton core. Plus, the BPA-free compact applicator is easy to insert.

This tea uses the power of the leaves of the raspberry bush to support all phases of your cycle. Raspberry leaf is said to tone the uterus, ease menstrual cramps, and support healthy menstruation.

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