This week I got to try Modibodi period panties, and boy it was an experience.
I have birth control-free periods so let’s just say they can feel a little bit like someone has punched me in the belly for a day or so, and for that day I have a flow like the inside of a melted camembert.
I’d apologise to any male readers, but women need to stop sparing men’s feelings when we talk about periods – deal with it fellas, you’d be childless if it weren’t for us.
Anyway, Modibodi’s period panties are pretty much like a stylish nappy, into which you can bleed freely for a whole day. Yep, no pads, no tampons – and if you’re anything like me, you’re spared the constant fear of dying from toxic shock syndrome. I’d pay the $38 just for that peace of mind, tbh.
The gusset and back of the panties is made from a high-absorbency material, designed to soak up what mother nature gave ya, with no mess and no fuss.
I tried the high absorbency, high waist seam-free panties, as I was most interested in trying them on my heavy day – yep, melted camembert day. I hate spending my heavy day checking I haven’t overflowed into my Zara culottes or having to buy extra pads from a convenience store that’s inflated the price by 60% because I’ve left home without enough to see me through.
I won’t lie – the first couple of hours felt WEIRD. The panties themselves were super comfy, and the high waist style sort of smoothed me out and gave my ovaries a little hug, but the actual padding seemed to feel full much sooner than I thought. In all honesty it felt like I was wearing a pad that needed changing.
But as they day went on, it seemed to er, soak in, if that makes sense – I soon forgot I was on my heavy day, and enjoyed the freedom of not having to take a pad to the bathroom with me every time. I flounced around without the fear of unknowingly sporting a big blood stain on my bum, and toxic shock syndrome didn’t cross my mind once!
Oh, and if you’re wondering how to wash your Modibodi period panties, rinse them in cold water until the water runs clear (I’m guessing this prevents the lining of your uterus spattering itself all over the inside of your washing machine) and then toss them in the machine sans fabric conditioner. Apparently it buggers up the absorbent fibres.
So, me and my uterus are sold, but how do Modibodi fare financially? At The Broke Generation, our motto is #NiftyNotThrifty – and cutting out the price of spensy pads and tampons in favour of care-free, day-long, free bleeding sounds pretty nifty to us!
One pair of the high absorbency/overnight high waist panties that I tried is $38.00, whereas the light-moderate absorbency bikini briefs are just $26.50.
I think to cover me for a full period I’d need 1-2 pairs of higher absorbency, and 2-3 pairs of lower absorbency. That said, if you’re on The Pill or other birth control, or just have a naturally lighter flow, you might need even less than that. Modibodi offers bundles of 5-7 pairs, starting at $110 and going up to $203, so your initial investment is more than a box of tampons, but certainly not a scary amount.
Assuming the average Australian woman spends up to $10 per period on pads and tampons – not forgetting the times you’ve given your last one to a girlfriend, left your bag at home or had to grab some from a service station when an unexpected bleed pops up – at 13 periods per year we’re looking at up to an annual $130 spend on bleeding.
That means around 4-5 pairs of Modibodi period panties will pay for themselves in one year or less – AND you’re helping to save the planet by using less or no tampons or pads. Winning!
Browse the Modibodi range here. Pictured are the Seamfree Full Brief in Heavy/Overnight Absorbency, Black, Size Large. (I went for large so they were super comfy and didn’t make me look like a sausage. I’m a pear-shaped size 12 with a small waist and big bum and thighs. Would recommend sizing up if you too have unruly thick thighs!)
This product was gifted by Modibodi Australia, but all camembert-style bleeding and thigh cellulite my own.