Anyone who gets a monthly period knows what it’s like to prepare for its arrival. Whether that means frantically running out to buy some tampons or nervously trying out a new menstrual cup, human beings have been (begrudgingly) dealing with periods since the beginning of time.
Of course, there are tons of products out there—including those we just mentioned—that can get the job done. But period panties are emerging as the best and easiest option out there, and we’re here to tell you why. (Warning: You might feel tempted to get rid of your other period products after reading this.)
If you’re not sure how it works, period panties use state-of-the-art, moisture-wicking technology to absorb your flow (plus, they’re pretty stylish too). Still need more convincing? Read on to find more reasons to try out period panties.
- They’re eco-friendly
The average menstruator will use between five thousand to fifteen thousand pads and tampons in their lifetime (yes, that’s a lot). Here’s the kicker: The vast majority of them will end up in landfills and oceans, and won’t degrade for 500 years (you know, because of the plastic and chemicals used in them). That’s a whole lot of waste that can be avoided by switching to reusable period panties.
- They're comfy and cute
While the idea of period panties might sound strange for first timers, we can assure you they’re comfy, clean, and so simple to use. Say “goodbye” to putting your life on pause during your period and sprinting out to the drugstore for pads—and “hello” to simply pulling on a pair of fresh undies to take care of it all. Just slip on a pair and go about your life like any other day of the month—and feel free at last.
- They’re budget-friendly in the long run
Tampons and pads can put a heavy dent in your wallet, too. The average tampon-user will spend close to $1,800 on them in their lifetime, and around $70 or $80 a year on them alone. That’s a lot of cash, and a few pairs of period panties for your monthly cycle will certainly save you money in the long run. (Keep in mind that many people in the world can’t afford period products at all, which is why Joyja donates a pair of panties to someone in need every time you buy one.)
- They’re washable
Period panties are ultra-easy to take care of. After you wear a pair, all you have to do is rinse ‘em out, throw them in the wash with the rest of your laundry, and let them air dry—and they’re ready to wear for the next time you need them. It’s that easy.
- They go with your flow
Of course, everyone’s flow is different, which is why there’s a style of period panties for everyone. Whether you want an absorbent thong for your light days or a high-waisted pair for your heaviest, period panties will have you covered with the perfect pair, no matter what your style or flow is.