Fact: light-bladder leakage (LBL), sweat patches and menstruation mishaps aren’t the most exciting topics of conversation.
But they're surprisingly common, which is why we find the idea of period-proof, sweat-resistant performance underwear both intriguing and ingenious.
Of course, they can conjure up "they’re-so-unflattering" conclusions, but we’re here to dispel some myths surrounding period-proof underwear and introduce you to a line of panties that may even be able to replace your everyday sanitary products.
They don’t look like a glorified nappy
When talking about performance panties, vivid images of uncomplimentary, oversized underwear can come to mind. But, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that you can get high-tech performance underwear in a range of fabrics and cuts. From styles lined with lace to a bootleg cut, there are a myriad of designs to choose from. Because having your period doesn’t mean that you have to feel unsexy. Ever.
They’re comfortable and convenient – really
How comfortable can a pair of period-proof panties be? Well, very comfortable, apparently. Far from bulky and made from the highest quality, technically superior natural and synthetic fabrics, they're slim, breathable and give the wearer the confidence to feel dry and fresh from morning to night.
They can replace tampons (yes, it’s true)
Depending on how heavy your flow is and what your vaginal moisture levels are like, some performance underwear has the potential to replace tampons and pads. How? Essentially performance underwear features an in-built, state-of-the-art panty liner.
The gusset is fitted with the ultimate trifecta: moisture-wicking fibre technology to absorb moisture, antimicrobial properties to combat odour and a waterproof layer to prevent any leaks. Try Modibodi Sensual Hi-Waist Bikini, $33.50. Their unique Modifier Technology layered gusset can absorb the equivalent of two tampons.
You can reuse them – and it’s completely hygienic to do so
Performance-based underwear is made to be practical, in every sense. Far from just a one-hit wonder, you can wash LBL underwear and use them again. Simply rinse the underwear in water and then pop them in the washing machine (set your machine to cold wash and be sure not to use fabric softener). Then, just hang your underwear out to dry.
They’re actually built to last
Unlike disposable hygiene, period-proof panties are built to last (in the most sanitary way) making them a budget-friendly option in the long run. Take Modibodi underwear, which is made up of three core fabrics: bamboo, sports merino and microfibre. Bamboo is more absorbent than cotton and is naturally anti-bacterial, sports merino is eco-friendly, biodegradable and renewable, and microfibre is quick-drying, holds it shape and is known to be a long-lasting fabric.
Brought to you by Modibodi, the fail-safe and attractive solution that's making living with periods and LBL less embarrassing and more tolerable!
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