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While periods have been around since the beginning of time, period underwear is relatively new.
First emerging to the market in 2013, its eight years has seen a steady growth with consumers who are throwing away the disposable pads and tampons for good and trusting in reusable period undies.
And with the trend taking off there are more brands creating period undies and promising results, but do they actually work?
To help you narrow down the search, the team at Choice have done the work for you. In an Australian first, Choice recruited 56 volunteers to trial different types of period undies from Bonds, Modibodi, Thinx, Eco Period and Love Luna with each pair trialled a minimum of 30 times.
“Period undies are becoming increasingly popular as people look for eco-friendly alternatives to pads and tampons, so we wanted to examine just how well different brands perform,” says CHOICE consumer expert, Marianna Longmire.
The volunteers trialled two pairs for each brand: one for daytime (moderate absorbency or closest equivalent), and a different pair for overnight (heavy absorbency or closest equivalent). On average, the undies were worn for 9.4 hours.
The score they gave the undies is made up of the Triallist overall score (35%), performance, (35%), comfort (20%) and ease of use (10%).
"You deserve to have rigorous and independent testing on all the products you rely on, from washing powder to period undies,” Longmire adds.
"We hope that publishing and discussing our period underwear review will also help to reduce some of the stigma that still exists around periods."
Here is our pick of the top six:
#1 Modibodi Seamfree Full Brief - $33
Best feature: Volunteers said they are “soft, stretchy-silky material feels really luxurious and comfortable" and "wasn't bulky, felt like I was wearing regular underwear".
#2 Bonds Bloody Comfy Period Full Brief - $29.99
Best feature: "I like how you don't have any mess, as everything is absorbed and doesn't leave the underwear.”
#3 Modibodi Seamfree Full Brief - $35
Best feature: "They provided a lot of protection, especially with the absorbent layer right up to the [back] waistband." said one volunteer. "Never experienced any leakage… these have my full trust during the night."
#4 Bonds Bloody Comfy Period Full Brief - $24.99
Absorbency: Moderate absorbency
Best feature: "I thought the thickness of the pad was perfect for daytime – the perfect amount of thickness to feel protected without feeling like you're wearing something heavy duty."
#5 Eco Period Orgaknix Super Boyleg - $39.90
Best feature: "It was a firm fit so they did not move around. The good-sized pad area/gusset goes right up the back of the undies, so I can't see them leaking overnight."
#6 Thinx Super Cotton Brief - $US39 ($54.99 AUD)
Best feature: "These were comfortable, fit well and worked great. I had no fears of staining my bedsheets when wearing these to bed."
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