These Are The BEST Panties For Your Period

If you've ever menstruated, you probably own a pair of "period panties" — aka, the underwear you first reach for when you're bleeding that'll make sure that you don't have to repurpose your cardigan into an apron at some point during the day. Depending on your flow and your preferences, period panties can vary hugely in cut, hue, and thickness from person to person, but for the most part they're full-coverage, comfy, and aren't so expensive that you'll be heartbroken if you've got to trash them.

If you don't already have your go-to, it's time to pick one. To help you choose, we asked Refinery29 staffers what underwear they swear by. Some are loyal to the comfort of certain brands. Other gravitate towards certain styles. A few were very particular, looking for the magical combo of a particular cut and store.

Click through to see the most popular preferred period panties.
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Ameican Apparel Briefs

Basic, full coverage, comfy.

American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Boy Brief, $13, available at American Apparel.
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American Apparel Taylor Boyshort Brief, $16, available at American Apparel.
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American Apparel Cotton Spandex Boyshort Brief, $12, available at American Apparel.
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Gap Breathe Panties

Silk underwear is nice, but sometimes you need to go with a more breathable fabric.

GAP Breathe High-waist Bikini, $14.50, available at GAP.
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GAP Breathe lace-trim hipster, $12.50 available at GAP.
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GAP Breathe Bikini, $12.50, available at GAP.
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High Waisted Panties

When you want extra belly support.

Victoria's Secret No-Show Sexy Hiphugger Panty, $12.50, available at Victoria's Secret.
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Micheal Frey Out From Under X High-Waisted Undie, $12, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Micheal Frey Out From Under X High-Waisted Undie, $12, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Boybriefs

Full-bottomed coverage, but still cheeky.

Aerie Sunnie Boybrief, $14.50, available at American Eagle.
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Aerie Boybrief, $7.50, available at American Eagle.
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Aerie Seamless Boybrief, $10.50, available at American Eagle.
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Pink Shorties and Hipsters

Sporty, and totally cute.

Pink Shortie, $10.50, available at Victoria's Secret.
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Pink Shortie, $10.50, available at Victoria's Secret.
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Pink Seamless Hipster, $10.50, available at Victoria's Secret.
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Jockey

This old-school brand was mentioned a few times for its solid construction and stretchy material.

Jockey No Panty Line Promise Tactel Hi Cut, $11.00, available at Jockey.
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Jockey Modern Micro Boyshort, $11.00, available at Jockey.
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Jockey Comfies Matte and Shine High Cut Brief , $11.50, available at Macys.
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Thinx

Yes, these really work.

Thinx Sport, $32.00, available at Thinx.
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Thinx Hi-Waist, $38, available at Thinx.
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Thinx Boyshort, $39, available at Thinx.
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Hanes Her Way

This variety pack offers bold prints and solid colors.

Hanes Women's Cotton Hipsters, $8.89, available at Target.
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Hanes Women's ComfortSoft Waistband Cotton Bikini, $6.99, available at Target.
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Hanes Premium Women's Cool & Comfortable Cotton Hipster, $16.99, available at Target.
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Gillian & O'Malley

Underwear without the pain of elastic digging into your thighs.

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's No Show Laser Cut Hipster, $5.00, available at Target.
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Gilligan & O'Malley Modal Bikini, $5.00, available at Target.
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Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Brushed Micro Hipster, $5.00, available at Target.
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Hanes For Men

Don't be boxed in by gendered clothing.

Hanes Comfortsoft Wasitband Boxer Brief, $14.99, available at Target.
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Hanes Men's Boxer Shorts, $14.49, available at Target.
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Hanes Men Comfort Soft Waistband, $14.99, available at Target.
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