The 7 Best Underwear For Periods

Ad failed to load

There are no rules when it comes to handling your menstrual periods. Whether you choose to wear tampons, pads, menstrual cups, or nothing at all, there's no shame in our period game. For those of us who want added protection, the best underwear for periods includes everything from organic cotton panties that provide incredible coverage to pairs that you can actually wear in place of a pad or tampon.

With ongoing efforts to erase the stigma of menstruation, there has never been an easier time to deal with your flow — without any stress or embarrassment. The most effective and highly-rated underwear for periods includes those that feature gussets made from anti-bacterial materials like natural bamboo, or pairs that are seamless, tagless, and won't show under clothing. Many boast leak-proof linings that can catch and hold accidental spills so that you don't stain your favorite jeans.

Having your period doesn't have to mean taking a hiatus from comfort and style. These seven great underwear options, below, provide protection and a secure fit, whether your flow is light, medium, or so heavy, there's no pad on earth that can contain it. Where feminine hygiene products fail to come through, these panties get the job done.

Ad failed to load

1Organic Cotton Panties That Provide Full Front And Back Coverage


Hesta Organic Cotton Menstrual Sanitary Protective Panties (XS-4XL), $38-43, Amazon

Made from 100 percent organic cotton, these protective panties are cut so that they provide full coverage, both in the back and front. This design prevents period accidents from happening while you sleep or work out. They come in an incredible range of sizes, are available in black and nude, and are made with a soft fabric that's safe (and comfortable) on sensitive skin.

2Fancy Panty Briefs In Jacquard Designs


Yoyi Fashion Menstrual Period Briefs (XXS-4XL), $9-27, Amazon

Who said period panties have to be old-fashioned or ugly? These adorable jacquard briefs have a leak-proof inner lining to keep leakage from pads or tampons in place. They also come in colors like lotus, red, and purple – and you can choose among value packs of two, three, and four.

3A Four-Pack Of Panties Made From Thick Material That Have An Extended Leak-Proof Lining


Phennie's Menstrual Period Briefs (S-XL), $15 (Pack Of 4), Amazon

It's impossible not to feel well protected in these menstrual brief panties, and that's all thanks to the incredibly thick cotton and spandex material. A water-resistant lining extends from the gusset all the way to the waistline so there's no chance of having to endure spills and leaks. Make sure you only hand wash and air dry them so that they retain their quality.

Ad failed to load

4Seamless Panties Made From Breathable Bamboo


Yoyi Fashion Bamboo Viscose Briefs (XXS-3XL), $9-30, Amazon

Breathable and eco-friendly bamboo fabric is used to make these period panties naturally waterproof and even more comfortable. The seamless style stays hidden under clothing and you can choose among three value packs and a variety of bright and neutral shades. A warning: Though you can wash them in a machine, they can only be air-dried, so as not to damage the special lining.

5High-Waist Panties With A Pocket For Cramp-Relieving Heating Pads


Andyshi Physiological Panties, $14 (3 Pack), Amazon

These period panties boast three layers of leakproof material and a very high waist for the ultimate coverage. But the real star feature here is an ergonomic pocket on the front that can accommodate a small heating pad to relieve cramps. Choose between two three-pack options that come in colors like red, lavender, and grey.

6Panties You Can Wear In Place Of A Pad Or Tampon


Modibodi Period Leak-Proof Panties (4XL-5XL), $33, Amazon

Period panty technology is still a new and growing field. But there are actual pairs of menstrual underwear, including these lace, high-waist panties, that can take the place of your pad or tampon. This underwear is made from sustainable viscose derived from bamboo, spandex, merino wool, and polyester, and is designed with a moderate lining that can be used alone on light period days or as a backup for leakage protection on heavier days.

Ad failed to load

7Tagless, Seamless, No-Show Panties Made From Moisture-Wicking Fabric


Barbra Lingerie Invisible No-Show Seamless Panties (S-4XL), $8-25 (6 Pack), Amazon

Since thongs aren't the most comfortable panties to wear during your period, here's the next best thing: full-coverage, seamless panties that are completely hidden under your clothing, but boast the high waist and bamboo cotton gusset needed for optimum period leakage protection. There are no panty lines to deal with here and the value you get — six pairs in a variety of shades — is nothing short of amazing. Moisture-wicking nylon material keeps you feeling cool and collected throughout your period (or anytime, really), and they dry in a flash after a hand wash or machine spin in a laundry bag.

Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

These Are The Beauty Products That Came Out In May That You DEFINITELY Need On Your Radar

For beauty lovers, months aren't just months: They're 28 to 31 day periods, wherein any and all product and brand launches can happen — and when they do, it feels like your birthday, no matter what time of the year you were actually born. The May 201…
By Amanda Richards

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In June To Help Get Your Summer Started

Summer is right around the corner, and so is another batch of streaming options to get excited about. On Wednesday, everything leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2018 was announced by the streaming platform. And don't worry, there's something for …
By Jamie Primeau

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan