UNIQLO launches $29 period undies

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UNIQLO has just released its first period undies. Photo: UNIQLO

Period undies are a great way to save money and the environment, and another brand has just entered the market.

UNIQLO has this week launched its own absorbent women’s underwear with the AIRISM Period Shorts hitting stores for $29.90 each.

A full brief style of underwear, they’re made of a breathable and silky soft material that hides the period-proof technology within.

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Three layers of fabric work together to absorb liquid, eliminate odours and keep you feeling dry, with the top layer quickly wicking away moisture to help you stay comfortable all day long.

The second layer does most of the heavy lifting and can hold between 30 and 40ml of liquid, which is the equivalent of three regular tampons, while the third layer encases everything in a water-repellent outer to prevent your clothes from getting wet.

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The AIRISM Period Shorts come in four colours and six sizes and are $29.90 each. Photo: UNIQLO

To avoid leaks, the seams have bonding over the stitching, and the three-layer period technology stretches up the back of the briefs to provide coverage when you’re lying down overnight.

At this stage, the AIRISM Period Shorts only come in one style and absorbency level which is recommended for light to medium flow days, so you may need to use them in addition to other sanitary products on a heavy day or overnight depending on your cycle.

They’re priced at $29.90 each and come in black, brown, dark green or pinky purple.

To keep them at their best, it’s recommended you give them a quick hand rinse first before chucking into the washing machine inside a wash bag and then line drying.

A pair for every type of period

The market for period underwear has exploded in the past few years and while it used to be hard to find much choice, now you can easily pick up a pair to suit any cycle and underwear style.

In Australia, Modibodi and Thinx have the largest ranges, with local label Modibodi making underwear in six different absorbency levels ranging from the ultra-light moisture-wicking undies which are designed to replace panty liners, to the maxi-24hrs undies which are made to hold 50ml.

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Modibodi's period undies come in so many different styles and absorbency levels. Photo: Modibodi

The range features all sorts of styles including high-waisted briefs, a French cut, boyleg, thong and cheeky cut, and comes in collections specifically designed for women, pregnancy and post-partum, teens and men. The brand has also recently released a line of cloth nappies for babies.

Meanwhile US-based Thinx has just as large a range that comes in five absorbency levels that hold up to 45ml or the equivalent of five regular tampons.

Bonds also has a range of ‘bloody comfy’ period undies in light, moderate and heavy absorbencies and five different styles that use a five-layer wicking system.

period undies from Bonds
These period undies from Bonds are $22.99 each. Photo: Bonds

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