Since starting up my new site, Far Kew Reviews, an overwhelming number of you asked me if I could review the “Period Undies” that everyone has been talking about. So here we go.
Modibodi was created by an Aussie mum, Kristy Chong, who after the birth of her second child and the not-so-welcome bladder leaks that can come afterward, decided there needed to be a product to offer more security. You can read the full story here.
I know you want ALL the nitty gritty details, so I won’t hold back. But if you somehow missed the trigger warning, I’ll suggest you stop reading if you dry heave at the mention of vaginas or periods. Specifically bleeding vaginas. OK? Let’s press on.
My first thoughts were that they looked very well made and super soft. Depending on the style, they are made from bamboo, merino wool, and microfibre, so you won’t feel sweaty, smelly or sticky.
I chucked on a pair of the classic bikini undies when I started to feel like shark week was approaching. I think I jumped the gun by a day, but it wasn’t a wasted experience because I got to feel them and was impressed they didn’t feel bulky AT ALL and were just as comfy as my regular everyday undies. In fact, the light-moderate and moderate undies only have a 3mm lining pad. Heavy only being slightly thicker and longer. Read more about HOW IT WORKS.
Modibodi claims to fight bacteria and stop smells. And usually, I don’t spend my time sniffing the crotch of my undies, but in this case, I made an exception. Yes, I know, but it was all in the name of research. And I am happy to report it was all good down on the farm.
Day two was where they really got put to the test. It’s important to tell you that I consider myself to have a light to medium “flow”. God, I hate that word. I have one day in the lead up where I do need some protection, (but not much), followed by one medium day and then another 2 to 3 lighter days.
Since I have had kids, I’ve actually preferred to use pads. Mainly because I cannot guarantee how much I am going to be bleeding, and pulling out a dry tampon is really unpleasant. But no matter what type I try (and I’ve tried ALL of them, including cloth) they always seem to get bunched up and stick to my ass cheeks. Cue unwelcome mini wax. Even the ones with wings try to assault me! And with my passion for skinny jeans, pads are not always the preferred look unless a fat, cotton-padded, camel toe is your thing.
“It’s like someone got a handful of masking tape and shoved it between my butt cheeks. Then ripped it off”
I took the plunge and wore the “moderate absorbency” pair with absolutely nothing else. I was determined to see if these could really replace a tampon, cup or pad. And they can! For me anyway. I wore the same pair for the entire day and I didn’t smell like a rotting carcass in the evening *fist pump*. I did decline the sniff test for day two, but I think I would have known if they were stinky skank pants.
Of course, you could change them during the day, and if you choose to do this and are out and about, I can recommend a wet bag from any cloth nappy manufacturer to store them in your handbag. Personally, I wouldn’t choose to do that, but it’s up to you. I certainly wouldn’t use a plastic snap lock bag, because the lunchroom conversation could take a deadly turn if you took out the wrong thing….just saying.
A couple of things worth mentioning…..
You are going to feel the blood come out.
Yes, you will, unless you are wearing a cup or tampon and are just using them for back up leaky issues. So if you are put off by that and don’t use pads because of this reason, maybe these are not for you. Having said that, the liquid wicks away VERY quickly. You certainly don’t feel like you are sitting in a soggy mess.
You will have to rinse them out.
I’ve used cloth nappies and pads before so this is really not a big deal for me, but if you are not wanting to touch any blood, again, these maybe aren’t for you. I simply rinsed and squeezed mine out in the laundry sink and put them in with the rest of my washing.
Black is the new white.
The lining pad is black, which I consider being a bonus (no stains and bloody bits to look at). But this makes it a bit hard to tell how much is in there, unlike a pad. I personally think you would feel it if it was time to change, but if you have a heavier flow, this may be an issue worth considering. Note that some of the lighter coloured pants have a grey lining pad, specifically the limited edition champagne ones. Did someone say champagne?!
It’s a bit of a hit to the hip pocket.
While there is no denying these pants are not exactly cheap, consider the cost of disposable products for years as well as the huge environmental impact. Did you know a disposable pad takes up to 500 years to break down? Can you even begin to imagine the amount of bloody landfill that is?
“I have always wanted to ride on a white horse with my period. wearing white pants. in the snow.”
While Modibodi claims to stop smells, I am not going to recommend you take these camping for five days and wear the same pair the entire time. Yes, the fabric and the lining are specifically designed to stop odour and have been scientifically proven to do so but use common sense as well.
So what’s the verdict? I have to say I’m kinda amazed. These things have been talked up in a rather big way, and I was not all that convinced I’d be on board. But these undies are not just for periods, they would be brilliant for in-between days, bladder leakage and even during pregnancy when things get a little more….damp. Let’s just say damp.
They even make feeding singlets for leaky boobs. No more cloth pads or disposable pads that get all gross and fall apart.
So go ahead ladies, wear your white jeans, buy that white horse and book yourself a trip to the snow. Or at least buy a white couch, just because you can. And know that you will be helping give back because Modibodi supports several charities including Share The Dignity and Days For Girls. And I think that is super rad.