It’s called “free-bleeding,” and more women are doing it: Instead of managing period fluid with a menstrual cup, pad, or tampon, they’re grabbing period underwear specifically designed to be worn as a one-and-done solution to menstrual flow (or testing the waters with period panties designed to act as extra protection against leaks). “Underwear only?” You might be thinking. You bet — and we’ll show you why.
And since many of us are currently spending more time at home and otherwise not generally out and about, it’s an ideal time to give them a test run as primary protection. Looking to navigate the various brands, materials, and need-to-know info for making the transition to period panties? We’ve got you covered.
Period underwear 101: Answering your most common questions.
Last Updated: April 9, 2021
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