Let’s face it, periods aren’t much fun. But whilst they’re here to stay (at least for the vast majority of women’s lives) we may as well get used to them, right?
We’re sure by now, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would have heard about the devastating impact disposable pads and tampons are wreaking on the environment.
As you can imagine, it’s not pretty.
In the past year or so, the collective are focused on finding sustainable solutions to our everyday (or monthly) qualms… yes, periods included.
Menstrual cups came along and paved the way as a more sustainable sanitary product, they aren’t compostable – but are much less harmful as they are recyclable.
In the past couple of years or so, the latest sanitary buzzword is period pants. Period underwear comes in all sizes, fits and absorbency levels – giving you maximum protection during your cycle, without the need for other products.
Period pants go in the wash, just like your other undies and can be worn between 8 – 12 hours, which gives you enough coverage for a day in the office or an evening out.
What are the best period pants?
Best leak proof
These hipster style pants provide ultimate comfort during a not so comfortable time.
The bamboo and spandex fabric has a waterproof layer giving you peace of mind – even on heavier cycles. The breathable material helps to eliminate sweat and wicks it away much faster than ordinary cotton.
Enjoy activity, a comfortable night’s sleep or even just getting around with no worries.
Best low rise
This pack of three period pants from Amazon may not be the most glamorous, but neither are periods, right?
The pants are formed using a blend of moisture wicking cotton and a leak resistant barrier, which will help to keep you dry and fresh smelling.
The absorbency on these is most effective on light to medium period flows, as opposed to heavy periods.
Best high cut
These pants are simple with a little bit of fun flair thanks to coloured lining on the outside.
The pack of five knickers have several leakproof layers, absorbing leaks and giving you full peace of mind that even with the most unexpected flows, you’re fully protected.
They’re capable of holding up to 20ml of liquid, making them suitable for lighter days, stress leaks or as a substitute to heavy liners.
Best for heavy flow
As far as ‘period knickers’ go, these ones from Modibodi look pretty similar to the ones you’d wear throughout your cycle anyway.
The brands signature bikini briefs are suitable in absorbency to see you through the heavy days and overnight. In addition, there’s also a longer secured gusset offering protection up to the back waist band, keeping you nice and dry.
If you struggle with quite heavy periods, these are ones to seriously consider. Just think of all the free time you’ll have not having to ‘change’ every hour.
Best high waist
Thinx is another great period pant brand, they have a Thinx for every occasion, every period and every woman.
The design features a durable waistband, as well as a leak resistant material helping to keep you secure throughout the day and most importantly, dry.
These high wasted pants are said to hold up to four tampons worth and have a odour trapping abilities, making them a great option to consider if you’re looking for a super-comfy and practical option.
6. WUKA Basics
WUKA recently launched a Basics range of period pants, they look and feel like your regular pants, but have the power to absorb your period flow with their unique 4-layer structure.
The new range will be available at just £12.00 per pair (or £10.00 per pair when sold as part of a set), with sizes ranging from XS to 4XL.
Best mid-rise lace
If there is any such thing as a sexy period pant, this is it. This jersey thong from Thinx, is ideal if you want dress nicely, without being reminded you’re on your period.
The mid-rise thong has a durable waistband, which helps to keep everything in place, nice and secure.
You’ll get all of the same moisture wicking and leak resistant benefits, just form less material.
This thong is ideal for wearing on your really light days or heading towards the end of your cycle.
8. FLUX Hipster
Best hipster period pants
Another sexy pair of pants, we can’t quite believe have been designed for period use. It’s never been easier to be sexy and menstruating.
If you’ve got a fancy event to go to, but aren’t quite done with your period yet – Flux’s Essential Hipster is a great contender.
Perfect for moderate flow days, you can wear what you like with peace of mind that you are well protected.
Best for sport
These sporty low rise pants from Cheeky Wipes are the ideal companion to have when you’re heavy on your period and have exercising to do. An impressive four layer absorbency will offer maximum protection, even during strenuous tasks.
The material is breathable, which will stop you from perspiring and becoming smelly. However even if you do get a bit sweaty, the moisture wicking abilities of the material will leave you feeling dry and fresh.
Best midi knickers
If you’re looking for an affordable pair of period knickers, you’ll find it in your local supermarket. Love Luna have teamed up with Sainsbury’s to present a range of period pants in everyday styles.
The breathable underwear is capable of holding around 15ml, which is equivalent to 2-3 tampons. A waterproof layering in the fabric also keeps you free from leaking. Choose from various styles to suit your activity and your cycle.
Best lace pants
Designed in Paris and made from 55% post-consumer recycled water bottles, Saalt Wear combines the best of style and sustainability.
There are different styles, colours and absorbency to choose from. The sleek hipster blends breathable sheer mesh and a super soft, stretchy waistband that moves with you.
Mid-rise for a comfy fit at the hip and fuller back coverage.
- Available in Desert Sand, Warm Stone, Rich Earth, Volcanic Black
Best boy cut short
If you prefer a boy short cut, these ones from Wuka give you full coverage without you feeling like you’re wearing a nappy.
The pants holds around four tampons worth and can be worn for up to eight hours on lighter days, or four to six hours on heavier days.
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If you’re still not convinced, but are looking to try a more sustainable solution cloth pads are an eco-friendly, not to mention cost effective option you can also try.