That time of the month is always the most dreaded time for any woman. Not only do we have to deal with hormonal breakouts, cramps that could replicate the devil setting up home in your womb and trying to steal your soul, cravings for the most unhealthy and salty foods, bleeding, spotting and ruining your favourite underwear and the mood swings, we also have to pay in order to suffer that dramatically – and it’s not only the cost on our wallets that are being slammed every month but also the cost to the environment.
The increasing and frankly terrifying awareness surrounding the detrimental effects just one tampon has on the planet is enough to want you to scream but with recent studies announcing that woman use and throw away more than 10,000 period products in their lifetime and said tampon takes longer to decompose than that average woman’s overall lifespan it really is time to step back and assess this bloody mess as a nation.
Despite female sanitary products looking and feeling similar to cotton, they are actually composed of over 90% plastic – which is not bio-degradable; especially with the added extra of human blood, so it will spend the rest of its life in landfill outliving their wearer. But there are alternatives that can help keep you clean, happy and dry and help the world a drop at a time including my now go-to period pants, after struggling to get on board with the Moon Cup.
THE PERIOD PANTS:
I was sent a pair of ModiBodi: The Original Period and Leak Proof Underwear after the PR saw my rant about coming on just before my holiday and, I’m not going to lie, I was dubious. My first thoughts like many others are ones of grossness and uncleanliness due to the use. The idea works by wearing the pants as a replacement for a tampon or a liner and allowing the materials specially created fabric- technology to absorb both the blood and contain it inside.
“Made from super-slim – only 3mm thick – Modifer Technology”, ModiBodi claim that their period panties can hold up to 20ml or 2 tampons worth of blood and their three-layered system not only helps to wick away moisture, fight bacteria and stop the smell but also to absorb fluid and lock it away. They also give you an extra waterproof layer to be super secure. Their panties are made from natural fabrics such as Bamboo, Merino Perform wool and Microfibre to offer a comfortable soft fit for your body and created with as little environmental damage as possible.
Bamboo is used to draw the moisture away from the skin and has been proven to be more absorbent than cotton and can be grown without degradation. The Merino wool is not only eco-friendly but also biodegradable and renewable with natural odour-reducing properties and resistant to stains. The inclusion of Microfibre allows the pants to keep their shape, dry quickly and retain its colour meaning your period pants will still look sassy, so, no granny panties here!
BUT DO THEY WORK?
Trying ModiBodi for the first time was an unusual experience for me; one that took a little bit of time to get used too. I had this consistent urge to go to the bathroom to check to see if I had leaked or was cautious that I was going to start omitting a bad odour and other people would work out what it was. But after a few days, my worries were soon put to bed as the promises made from ModiBodi were upheld to the highest standards and I was able to get on with my day-to-day with no worry at all.
For anyone that uses liners over tampons, the overall feeling will be very similar but I have heard a lot of people mention that when they are avid tampon-wearers the ‘drop feeling’ is one that is very off-putting at the start, but isn’t something I have ever really experienced as I’m a liner over insert kinda girl – so just be aware of this.
The panties themselves, though, were super comfortable, soft on the skin and not bulky or nappy resembling as I thought. The padding, although secure is very minimal in terms of visual and feel and after a while you forget you are wearing anything other than your fave pair. The pants for me, as I’m a medium-light bleeder were perfect for a good couple of hours but can be more or less depending on your flow and they were also very quick and simple to clean with no mess. Just take them off, rinse them under cold water until the water runs clear then pop on a low cool wash – a lot less messy than a moon cup and a lot more eco-friendly than the traditional.
The best thing for me apart from the aforementioned world friendly and comfort is the choice of styles ModiBodi offer. When you think of ‘period pants’ Bridget Jone’s Diary is one that quickly springs to mind but with a variety of different cuts and style, with lace, and patterns and in a mix of different colours there is no reason you can’t feel sassy on your period and with the launch of the new RED collection, designed for teenagers, with a hipster bikini and hipster boyshorts no matter your age you can feel secure, comfortable and protected throughout the day regardless of the hell your body is going through.
SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
For me, Period Pants are a resounding yes. Not only do they give you the ability to live fearlessly and comfortably during a truly uncomfortable time but they also help you feel great about doing your bit for the environment as well as saving thousands of pounds over your lifetime.
I would highly recommend purchasing a few different pairs on varied thicknesses and styles to wear throughout your cycle and absorbent to your flow during specific times. For me, I wouldn’t ever go back to the traditional methods unless an unforeseen emergency while unprepared.
ModiBodi is just one of the many different types of Period Pants out there doing their bit for Women and the planet everywhere. So do your research and see what works for you. For me, ModiBodi tick all the boxes I need them too, so wouldn’t sway away unless a pair promised to make me rich and pain-free with every wear.
[I was sent a pair of ModiBodi in exchange for an honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own, photographs of the models, are not my own, because no-one wants to see me in a pair of pants, period or not]