I know my blogging has been quite inconsistent lately, but I’m back today with an Autism Reviews post!
The pandemic has brought everything to a grinding halt, but the extra time at home has given me a chance to slow down a little a try some new things. One of those being period underwear. Everyone who menstruates will know what a pain it is (quite literally) and how disruptive it can be to our lives. As you probably know by now, I’m autistic, so I have a whole extra set of issues to deal with when it comes to that time of the month and I also have particularly horrific periods. I don’t yet have any ‘official’ diagnosis because the good old pandemic ruined everything, but they’re not nice.
We’re not going to go into the nitty gritty stuff today because that isn’t nice for anyone, but it is important for the review to know that I have a very heavy flow. So now let’s start with our pros and cons list…
The first thing to note is the brand of period underwear I bought. I chose Modi-Bodi period underwear because it had nothing but shining reviews and to be completely honest with you, was the first thing that came up when I googled period underwear. We all love a bit of transparency right?
I ordered mine in a size 20 (UK)/3XL, they arrived within 3 days and came individually packaged in 100% recyclable packaging. I’m not sure why each pair was individually packaged, but since it was all recyclable cardboard without a piece of plastic in sight I was okay with that. I suppose this might be useful if you’re ordering some as presents for other people and of course we love companies that are committed to sustainability. It’s also worth mentioning that they were very true to size, which is always a pleasant surprise when it comes to ladies clothing since sizes are always very hit or miss.
So now let’s talk about how they performed. Prior to buying period underwear, I have always used pads because tampons are rather useless for someone like me with such a heavy flow. They also produced a good few sensory issues. The pads were actually worse sensory wise for me, but they did at least last more than 40 minutes, so I decided they were the lesser of two evils. They still had a lot of problems though, the main one being that they were so uncomfortable to sleep in that I just… didn’t. When I did doze I would lie stiff as a board so as to not disturb the red lake, which is why I rarely had any leaks, but now my problem seems to have switched. The period underwear is super comfy and really just feels like you’re wearing a thick pair of underwear, so no more sweaty, scratchy, moveable pads!
The underwear completely removed all sensory issues surrounding the pads, which helped greatly. Of course it didn’t fix the pain or the mood swings or anything else, but it did at least mean I could sulk comfortably rather than uncomfortably, so small wins and all that.
They were also incredibly absorbent. I do have incredibly heavy periods and usually go through about 4-7 pads a day (I know…), but I was able to wear one pair of pants all day and then switch them at night, which is ground-breaking! Needless to say they did exactly what they were supposed to and exceeded my expectations. I bought the most absorbent ones they sold and they honestly could have gone all 24 hours if they needed to. I just thought it was a bit gross, but in terms of absorbency, they are top notch.
Clearly I love my period underwear, but they weren’t without their downsides. The first and most obvious being that they are expensive. Mine cost me £24 per pair and I bought 11, so it was a bit of a blow to the bank account. That being said though when you calculate how much you would normally spend on pads/tampons or other sanitary products in a year, you’ll find that period underwear is actually very reasonably priced. They should also last you years, so you’ll likely only have to replace them once, so don’t let the price scare you. They’re an investment, but one that I think is well worth it.
The average woman spends £5000 on sanitary products in her lifetime
I spent £240 on my period underwear
The price was truly the only real negative I could see that could cause some issues for some people if they don’t have the cash to pay upfront. I did think it was worth mentioning a minor issues I found, which is that they are bloody difficult to get dry! I air dry all of my washing instead of using a dryer because it is more environmentally friendly, so if you use a dryer you’ll probably be fine. However, I found that it took about 3-4 days for the underwear to dry after I’d washed it! On one hand it proves my point about just how absorbent they are, but on the other it was a little inconvenient.
So would I recommend Period Underwear?
ABSOLUTELY!!! My periods are still hell on earth because period underwear doesn’t fix the cramps, the mood swings, the decline in mental health or anything else, but it has meant that I can finally get some sleep during shark week and at least be miserable in comfortable underwear rather than horrible scratchy pads!
If you menstruate, then I would 100% recommend you get yourself some period underwear STAT because I promise it will improve your life 10 fold. Especially if you have a lot of sensory issues like yours truly!
I hope this review has been helpful and that you’re all going to go and order some super comfy period underwear in time for your next shark week. Do you have any questions? I’d be happy to answer them below!
Make sure you check out my YouTube channel for the video review of ModiBodi’s Period Underwear as well as the vlogs and BTS videos.
Goodbye for now!
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