Periods. If you're a woman, chances are you are you get 'em every month, and between cramps and leaking, they can sometimes be pretty frustrating to deal with. Luckily, the invention of period underwear has made avoiding leaks more attainable than ever, not to mention they're much more comfortable than wearing a maxi pad or tampon for hours on end.
In today's social media-driven age, talking about periods (and the undies we wear during our periods, by extension) is far from the taboo subject it used to be; and with period undies being anything but a niche category, you can readily find them everywhere from Amazon to Nordstrom — not to mention, at more price points than ever before. Well, calling all free bleeders: we've rounded up the best period undies to rock during your cycle, ranging from a breathable bamboo pair to a thong so comfortable, you'll want to wear it even when Aunt Flo isn't in town.
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Stocking up on a couple days' worth of underwear is easy with a multipack of period panties — this Amazon find rings in at just under $20, a.k.a. $6.66 a pop.
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Looking for a simple option? These black, scalloped-edge undies are made with a nylon, cotton and spandex blend to absorb fluid and wick away moisture for ultimate comfort.
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Thinx is an OG player in the period underwear game, and their stylish options are proof of that. This geometric lace thong is as close to ground-breaking as period undies get because, hello, who thought you could actually wear a cute thong on your flow?
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"A lot of people don’t really think or talk about trans and nonbinary people getting periods," Mia Harris, a Londoner who identifies as nonbinary, previously told Refinery29. "On adverts it’s always cis femme women with long hair saying, 'Look – you can wear a short dress and be on your period!' but that’s not everyone’s experience." A boxer brief style with absorbing fabric is a simple, no-fuss way to address the dysphoria surrounding having a periods if you may not identify as female.
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Fact: You can never have too many solid black undies. Shop this super comfy, high-waisted bamboo-spandex blend pair solo or in a three-pack.
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These organic cotton undies are not only baby-soft to the touch (and come in sizes up to 4XL), but are available in a variety of colorways, including beige, ivory, and black.
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These bamboo-viscose full-coverage briefs are available in value packs of 2, 3, or 5, and are available in all sorts of bright, feel-good hues.