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10 Pairs of Period Underwear That’ll Have You Saying ‘Bye’ to Pads

Period underwear from Saalt and Aerie
Design: theSkimm | Image: Saalt, Aerie
Mar 11, 2022

Periods: They’re a fact of life that we’ve just gotta deal with. But tampons and pads don’t always have to be. If you’re ready to ditch single-use plastic and one-wear products — or at least cut down on ’em — there are plenty of women’s period underwear brands that make it easy (and comfy). And if you deal with incontinence or you’re experiencing maternity or postpartum leakage, they can help with that too. We’ve rounded some options you’ll wanna try, no matter your taste or flow sitch. And for more items to make your cycle more tolerable, check out our recs.

How does period underwear work? 

Period underwear looks just like regular underwear. Except it’s not: Most have multiple layers of microfiber polyester and are designed with moisture-wicking technology to absorb liquid and keep your skin dry. Depending on your flow, it’s best to change your period underwear every 12 hours, or as suggested by the manufacturer. Cleaning is easy. Every brand provides guidance for washing (i.e., some require a pre-rinse before tossing in a machine), but most pairs are okay to throw in the wash and voila: They’ll be just like new. 

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