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People Are Actually Ditching Tampons Forever To Use Period Panties Instead

by News Desk

Christine Giordano

If you have a vagina, it’s likely that once a month, you’re reaching (or running to the drug store late at night) for one of the following: tampons, pads or menstrual cups. Though those have pretty much been the only period product options for a long time, the tampon shortage might now have you considering an alternative that’s getting lots of buzz: period panties, many of which also double as incontinence briefs.

Do gynecologists recommend period panties?

If you’ve never tried them before, it’s definitely time to give them a go. And if you’re worried about hygiene, you should know doctors say they’re completely safe. “Period panties are totally sanitary. They’re actually specifically designed with anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties,” says Nicole Sparks, MD, an Atlanta-based ob-gyn.

Peep some of the best period panties here:

Picking the right pair for you simply comes down to how heavy your flow is. Some are built for lighter period days, while others have multiple layers built for the heavier days of your menstrual cycle, or for those dealing with incontinence. And if you’re nervous about using them for the first time, you’re not alone! Period panty fans and satisfied customers simply recommend starting by pairing them with your other menstrual products till you feel comfortable.

Are period panties worth it?

Not only are period panties extremely freeing, comfortable, and budget-friendly, they’re also a more eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to disposable period products. They’re meant to be washed and re-worn, cutting down on waste—just make sure that once it’s time to do laundry, you take good care of them.

“To keep your period panties clean, be sure to first rinse them under cold water before placing them in the washing machine,” says Dr. Sparks. “You want to make sure you clean your period underwear properly as leftover blood can lead to bacterial growth.”

Here are the 11 best period panties (briefs, hiphuggers, and thong options galore!) in 2022—trust me, you’ll want to grab a few.

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Best Activewear Period Panties

Activewear Underwear

These panties have a durable feel when you hold them thanks to multiple absorbent layers that hold just as much discharge as two(!) tampons, but reviewers rave about how lightweight they feel while wearing them. The minimal silhouette is ideal for rocking under activewear, so feel free to wear these on a period gym day.

Absorbency: 2 tampons

Sizes: XXS-2X


Best High-Absorbency Period Panties

Boxer Briefs

Just one skim of Aisle’s hundreds of five-star reviews will sell you. People are obsessed with the uber-comfy boxer brief fit, and the fact that they have such high absorbency—perfect for long flights, road trips, or nights when you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to change your tampon.

Absorbency: 8+ tampons

Sizes: XXS-5X


Best Affordable Period Underwear

Three-Pack Cotton Period Underwear

Cora’s 100 percent cotton period panties come in a value-friendly three-pack so you’re getting seriously high quality for a bargain. Reviewers love how breathable the fabric is even though it can hold three tampons worth of flow.

Absorbency: 3 tampons

Sizes: XS-2X


Best Lace Period Panties

Audrey Bikini

Who says your period means you have to stay away from your sexy, lacy little undergarments? You might even find yourself looking forward to being able to wear these breathable, organic cotton period panties thanks to the sexy lace waistband.

Absorbency: 3-4 tampons

Sizes: XS-2X


Best Light Flow Period Panties



While these period panties alone aren’t enough to protect you on your heaviest days, the stylish hiphuggers are great for when you want to avoid leaks in conjunction with your pads/tampons. They’re also perfect alone for your lighter days or as a comfy sweat-wicking option when you’re not on your period.

Absorbency: 2 tampons

Sizes: XS-4X


Best Seamless Period Panties

Seamless Bikini

Full coverage, seamless panty lines are what you’ll get with Ruby Love’s super comfy bikinis briefs. They’re perfect for days you can’t be bothered with pants and just need your fave pair of worn-in leggings.

Absorbency: 2.5 tampons

Sizes: S-3X


Best Period Panty Thong

Leakproof Thong


You might’ve decided thongs are out of the question during that time of the month, but this pair will change that. Not only are they super absorbent, their seamless fabric dries two to three times faster than regular cotton after a wash.

People often wear them on non-period days while working out as a sweat-wicking option, too.

Absorbency: 1 tampon

Sizes: XS-5X


Best High-Waisted Period Panties

Period, Leak-Resistant High-Waisted Panties

There’s nothing like the high-support comfort of high-waisted underwear (period or not). Though these technically say they hold one tampons-worth of flow, reviewers say they’ll wear them through the night without any worry of leaks.

Absorbency: 1 tampon

Sizes: XS-XL


Best Boyshort Period Panties

Vegan Boyshort

Die-hard boyshort fans will love Modibodi’s sustainably-made bamboo viscose fabric. It’s great for those heavy period days, but reviewers love wearing them to secure bladder leaks, too.

Absorbency: 2-3 tampons.

Sizes: XXS-2X


Best Period Leggings

High-Waisted Period Leggings

While these technically aren’t panties, they’re too genius to not be mentioned. Designed with a highly absorbent gusset, the four-layer tech fabric prevents leaks in the most stylish, comfy, freeing way possible.

Absorbency: 3 tampons

Sizes: XS-XL


Best Period Training Shorts

Period-Proof Bike Shorts

Adidas has also come out with period-friendly biker shorts designed with a three-layer pad that wicks and absorbs. Just imagine how great it’ll feel to pull these on with an oversized sweatshirt for your next movie marathon (or sweat sesh). Bonus: They have pockets!

Absorbency: 2 tampons

Sizes: XS-2X

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