I can't tell you the amount of times I've leaked through my clothes during that time of the month. It might be TMI, but I'm talking semi-drenched pajamas and vampire-red spots on the bed sheets. RIP to my fitted sheets. As someone with a heavy flow, I've tried thick overnight pads and have even double padded, both of which have been unsuccessful attempts at saving my clothes and bedding. After struggling for years, I finally stumbled upon Modibodi Vegan Full Brief ($34).
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It’s tough enough to hold three to four tampons worth of liquid, so you can wear it by itself. Or, you can wear it along with your tampon for even extra support (like if you’re traveling or know you won’t have many opportunities to change your tampon).
If this brief was a high-tech powered bike, it would be the Peloton of period underwear. The outer layer is made of a bamboo viscose and spandex blend, rendering the underwear breathable, stretchy, and comfortable. The pad itself is built into the brief, so it feels like you're wearing regular underwear, and as someone who has worn pads for years, I can say that this is a much more comfortable alternative (pads move around too much and cause me itchiness).
The pad is constructed out of a wool alternative, giving the brief super absorbency, and it soaks up three to four tampons worth of liquid. What I fancy about this underwear is that it provides me with full booty coverage—which means that the pad extends to the butt cheeks—for days when my flow is extra heavy.
Because the pad is built into the underwear, cleaning is a breeze. I run it under cold water in my sink or bathtub until the water is clear, pour a little bit of detergent on it, and ring it out. While cleaning the brief like this is sufficient, I prefer to throw mine in the wash after rinsing during laundry days. One caveat is that the underwear has to be hung dry. Since I normally hang dry my clothes, I just use a drying rack, but a hanger and door should suffice if you don't have one.
These Modibodi briefs have been a life-saver when it comes to bedtime. I no longer have to worry about leaking through my pajamas or sheets, and can sleep on my side (finally). What's more, I no longer reach for my single-use pads, which I consider a bonus for me and the environment.
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