Do Period Undies Really Work?? A First-Time User’s Honest Review

There’s been a lot of menstrual-management things out there lately- from cups to absorbent undies, disposable pads and tampons aren’t your only option anymore! I hadn’t ever tried another way to handle “that time” until now, and have to admit that I’ve been a bit skeptical and grossed out by a lot of the newer options. But, I finally took the plunge and tried some period-absorbing undies, so read on to hear my honest & unsponsored opinion…

Shop my Thinx undies here!

I tried the Thinx For All briefs in Super Absorbency in size Small which I got from Urban Outfitters for $17 before tax. This model is slightly more accessibly priced that their other underwear options (which range from about $24 – $40, depending on the style and absorbency) . They seemed like a good starter for me, especially since I didn’t want to spend a ton if they didn’t work as promised.

Now, time for a little TMI. (Squeamish people skip to the end..) My periods aren’t super duper heavy but they’re not light either, and I tend to get a LOT of cramps and bleeding the first day or two especially. I usually prefer tampons cuz I personally hate the look/feeling of pads (no judgement if they’re your thing, though!), but can’t handle tampons the first few days due to the pain. I also don’t tend to get a ton of bleeding at night, and so I never wear anything special (ie super long pads) when I sleep.

The Verdict

I started wearing these in the morning of my very first and heaviest day, and I was honestly so surprised. No leaks whatsoever, and no gross feelings! I will say, the only thing I wasn’t the craziest about was the thicker seams around the inner leg (obviously because of the padding down there) and it did rub a bit. Luckily, the seams softened a bit after a few washes, so it really wasn’t bad.

I washed them (and dried them in the dryer even though they don’t recommend it) and re-wore them the second day to no leaks again! I didn’t have to worry about shifting the way I would with a pad. Plus, they were comfortable to wear during the cramps and discomfort of the first few days. I’m definitely a fan, and love not having to worry about carrying extra pads or tampons with me when I go out. I also tend to feel super unattractive at that time too due to the awkwardness of pads, so wearing normal-looking underwear helped boost my confidence a bit!

A few tips if you want some for yourself:

  • They initially feel a little diaper-ish, but washing a few times will help them soften up
  • Due to the padding, visible panty lines can be more prominent, so maybe save tighter looks for later unless you get a thong or less absorbent style
  • I throw mine in the dryer to speed things up a bit, but if you want em to last a little longer, air drying is best

More Options

I also ordered these from Bambody on Amazon because they were a great price and got mostly favorable reviews! I’ll be trying these out to see how I like them compared to Thinx so stay tuned!

My first impressions are that they’re really soft, but not quite as thick as the Thinx!

Shop Bambody period undies here!


Overall, I’m really glad I decided to break from the traditional way of period care! While it’s not exactly a pleasant experience every month, finding things that help you be comfortable and less self-conscious goes so far. If you have a favorite brand of period undies, let me know below! I’d love to try more brands! Hope this helps you find the right fit for you & your body during your period!

Xx Tabi

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