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Why Period Panties Make the Perfect Present

Laylah Funk

There are a handful of things in life that go way too long without the attention they deserve—and I’ve decided that period panties is one of them. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, your mom, or your annoying little-kid sister that just got her first period even though you could have sworn that yesterday she was only 5, period panties are a forever foolproof gift idea. Here’s why:

  • They really are the comfiest period solution out there.
  • Truthfully, I was hesitant to try period panties because I assumed they’d feel “gross,” and I just didn’t think they would be comfortable. I think everyone is quick to assume they’re going to be bulky or that they won’t feel like normal underwear, but here’s the thing: They feel just like your favorite pair of cotton undies, and you can’t see them under your clothes (especially if you opt for the thong). Plus, you don’t have to worry about whether you remembered to bring a tampon or not. Basically, period panties check all the boxes when it comes to comfort.

    Also—if you have sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs, then you know that pads and liners are notorious for causing irritation to the skin (which is the last thing you want to deal with when you’re on your period—obviously). The super-soft fibers of period panties don’t cause any irritation—because again, they feel like your favorite pair of cotton undies. So yeah, I definitely wouldn’t mind finding a pair of period panties in my stocking this year.

  • It’s a must if you’re shopping for the sustainability guru in your life.
  • Tampons are a weird combination of plastic—and they can take over 400 years to degrade. They come wrapped in plastic, with plastic applicators, with strings that we all thought were cotton but now we’re shocked to find out that they’re actually plastic, and there’s even a layer of thin plastic within the absorbent cotton. For obvious reasons, plastic from tampons can’t be recycled, so after its brief moment of utility, tampons are tossed and sent on their way to the landfill—contributing to the 66 pounds of sanitary waste that accumulates every single year.

    Unfortunately, even for the most eco-conscious of us, tampons and pads can be pretty hard to eliminate—mostly because sustainable period solutions aren’t always the most convenient.

    That’s where zero-waste period panties come in.

    Joyja has four different absorbency levels—even one that holds up to 36ml (!!!)—so you can rest assured that the leak-proof layers will have you covered, even without a tampon. Plus, because they’re washable and reusable, period panties help to reduce all the sanitary waste that ends up in the landfills: every tree hugger’s dream (myself included)!

  • You’d be gifting period panties to more than just one person.
  • Yep! Period-product accessibility is a cause Joyja has always held close to their hearts, so they’re always partnering with some pretty cool organizations that allow them to donate a pair of period panties with every single purchase on the Joyja website. When you gift a pair of Joyja period panties, you’re actually gifting two pairs! ‘Tis the season of giving!

  • You honestly don’t even need to have a period to wear them.
  • Joyja actually has a line of maternity & postpartum panties that were designed specially for the new mama—because gone are the days of disposable diapers. Urinary incontinence is never fun, and no matter why you’re experiencing it (it isn’t always caused by pregnancy!) period panties can be a real lifesaver. 

    Utility aside—and this is like, the third time I’m saying this—they’re comfortable enough to wear on the regular (even when you’re not on your period). That’s pretty much reason enough that period panties will be the best gift you give this year!