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The Best Period Underwear for Every Type of Flow


By April Dupee

There’s a good chance you’ve been hearing a lot about “period underwear” lately, a.k.a. underwear that looks and feels like normal underwear, but has several layers of absorbent fabric that soaks up your flow, controls odor, and keeps you dry without adding extra bulk. 

Some pairs are so effective you can go without a pad or tampon, making them more sustainable and desirable for anyone trying to avoid single-use products. (Yes, pads and tampons typically end up in landfills.)

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Still, it can be tricky to determine the best pair for your particular period needs. The good news is, there are a number of companies that offer a variety of styles, colors, and fabrics, so there’s one for every woman—and flow. Let us help you find your perfect pair of period underwear.

For When You’re on a Budget

There’s no need to break the bank with Bambody’s effective and inexpensive period underwear. These highly-rated hipster panties on Amazon will keep you dry, leak-free, and super comfortable without a high price tag (and who doesn’t love Amazon Prime shipping?). $35,

For Your Heavy Days

Underwear that’s as absorbent as four regular tampons? It may sound too good to be true, but these best-selling five-star undies are guaranteed to keep you dry even on your heaviest days. The Thinx Super Hiphugger provides all-day comfort and absorption, so you’ll forget you even have your period. Bonus: You can purchase with purpose knowing Thinx is fighting for better access to puberty education and safe menstrual hygiene for all. $39,

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For When You Just Need Some Backup

The Luna Cup Menstrual Underwear Breathable Period Panties offer some extra insurance on those heavy days. Wear with a pad or tampon, then go about your day knowing you have a backup plan in place. $18,

For Postpartum Incontinence

Keep the focus on your baby, not unexpected bleeding and leaks. Knix’s CoreLove High Rise undies use leak-proof technology to keep you dry while velvet compression bands help give your core some support. $36,

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"Incontinence. Don’t know what that is? Let me save you the google. I pee myself. A lot. I cry pee, laugh pee, sneeze pee, walk pee. I just f***ing wet myself all the time. I’ve read and heard it a thousand times over “it’s normal to pee a little after you have kids”. Maybe I could deal with the occasional little leak here and there but emptying my bladder involuntarily on my kitchen floor, in my car (😔), and at public places is crippling. And please before presenting the lecture on gratitude just for a moment sit with me in my emotional journey. Someone said to me “that’s actually kind of funny” and I really wanted to tell them to f*** off but recognized their shallow understanding of the situation. So to all the mamas out there reading this going through the same thing I see you and we’re going to be okay…. and we’re gonna laugh about it one day. 🤞" The amazing @kimcheepie in our Leakproof CoreLove High Rise from our Postpartum Collection💧 #knix #LifeAfterBirth

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For Your Workouts

Don’t let your period hold you back from crushing your workout when you can wear Modibod’s Active Briefs. Move with confidence knowing these undies will absorb sweat and light-medium flows. With no riding or sliding, they’ll stay put no matter how much you move. Say hello to your new gym essential. $28,

For Your Light Days

Yes, you can still wear thongs during your period thanks to Thinx. Buy these for the beginning and end of your period, or when you want an extra layer of protection on your heavier days. No panty lines or extra bulk needed. $24,

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