According to a survey from 2019, the average menstruator spends approximately $19.54 each month on their period, which totals $9379.73 over the course of their reproductive lifetime (ages 12-52). That's a solid chunk. Add that to the amount of waste menstrual products create and you've got a problem to solve.
Enter period undies.
Period underwear, like reusable sanitary pads and menstrual cups, have seen a boom in popularity over the past few years. From their eco-cred, to the fact they can be more convenient than traditional pads and tampons (hello, middle of the night emergency run to the bathroom), it makes sense that searches for 'period pants' are up 170% over the past year.
The whole concept of going pad-fee might seem uncomfortable if you've never tried it, but investing in a pair could be the hack you've been missing all along. Most period undies are designed with anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties to prevent odours, so not only are they hygeinic, but you won't feel that uncomfortable wetness (depending how heavy your flow is). Personally, if I'm on day one of my period I like to add a pad regardless because I know I need it, but for the other three days, all I use are my period pants.
The reality is, you know your body better than anyone - so finding the period pant that is right for you is key. A lot of the options on the market are designed to be worn as backup with a tampon or menstrual cup in place, while others are built for heavier periods with multiple layers: thankfully, most brands will give you an absorbency rating for each product to help you understand what you're in for.
What about cleaning, you ask? Just make sure you first rinse them under cold water before placing them in the washing machine - it's nothing different to when you get leakage on your normal undies. You just want to make sure you clean your period underwear properly as leftover blood can lead to bacterial growth.
Now for the fun part, check out six of our favourite brands above.