Before I begin I should probably warn you that this post contains a lot of period talk. If you don’t want to read about menstruation and its complexities, look away now.
Since the birth of my youngest child, Theo, my periods have been unbearably heavy. For the first few days it is so heavy that I usually have to change my sanitary wear every 2-3 hours. I live in fear of leaking, despite sufficient supplies, and avoid being out of the house for too long. I can’t use tampons, but I struggle with the sheer volume of sanitary pads I get through each month. Sanitary towels are costly and bad for the environment. For a while now I’ve been looking for an alternative, but with such a heavy flow and extreme anxiety I’ve struggled to find something that is right for me. I’ve researched menstrual cups and reusuable sanitary towels, I’ve even considered enquiring about medication to ease my symptoms, but nothing stood out for me until I discovered Modibodi.
As a family we are trying to be more sustainable. Throwing away endless amounts of sanitary towels each month just didn’t feel right. I knew there had to be a better alternative, both for myself and the planet. I was so excited to try Modibodi and reap the benefits.
Modibodi are determined to normalise what they call ‘unmentionables’. They fiercely believe in empowering women and opening up the conversations that many are afraid to have. The founder of Modibodi, Kristy, has worked endlessly to build a brand that makes a genuine difference to both women and our planet. The Modibodi collection includes reusable and sustainable tops, singlets, period and sweat-proof undies and also swimwear.
The Modibodi range provides protection from periods, pee and sweat without compromising on style. The unique Modifier Technology™ featured in the Modibodi period and pee-proof underwear features three innovative layers. The top layer wicks away moisture, fights bacteria and stops odors. The middle layer absorbs fluid and locks it away (up to 20mls) and the third layer offers extra leak-proof protection. These period pants are an innovative alternative to disposable sanitary wear.
I’d initially expected period pants to be bulky and unattractive but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The attention to detail is fantastic, these period pants don’t just feel good, they look good! The material is wonderfully soft and the hi-waist lace trim conceals all of my wobbly bits. I felt really good in them, which is a rare occurence when I’m not on my period let alone when I am!
As I mentioned above, my periods are heavy, especially during the first few days of my period. I couldn’t help but wonder whether my Modibodi sensual hi-waist bikini underwear would be up to the job. With that in mind, I didn’t wear my period pants out of the house at first, just in case. If I’m honest, the thought of leaking in public absolutely terrifies me.
Day one was a success, instead of feeling uncomfortable I felt normal. I didn’t have to put up with an awkward sanitary towel or go back and forth to the bathroom to change it. My period suddenly didn’t seem so daunting any more. I wore my Modibodi underwear until I felt an increase in moisture and realised the Modibodi underwear had reached, for want of a better phrase, maximum capacity.
There are no technical cleaning guidelines for washing Modibodi underwear, simply rinse in cold water and then pop in the wash. DO NOT use fabric softener and do not tumble dry.
Once dry, I put the underwear to the test overnight. Overnight leakage is a big issue for me during my period. I sleep heavily and move around a lot so I nearly always find myself having to strip my bed during my period. Just before I climbed into bed I popped my Modibodi underwear back on. Let me tell you, there is no better combo than period pants and pj’s when your feeling bloated and tired.
Sleeping whilst wearing period pants was an entirely different experience to sleeping whilst wearing a sanitary towel. I didn’t struggle to fall asleep because the anxiety about leaking was non exsistent. In fact, I didn’t leak at all! I woke up 8 hours later to a leak free bed sheet, which is a first for me.
I’ll definitely be investing in some more pairs of Modibodi underwear in time for my next period. I love how secure and confident I feel in them, and I love that I’m reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill. This underwear is a must for women, don’t let heavy periods rule your life, make an investment in the Modibodi range and feel the difference for yourself.