First there were Pads. Then their cooler sister Tampon hit the scene, before being followed by her edgier, more daring cousin, Moon Cup.
Now, there are Period Undies, and I think I’m too confused, hormonal and tired to even know what to think. I mean, when did my menstrual cycle become difficult to shop for?
Anyway – back to the period underwear. These bad boys claim to be super absorbent, leak-resistant and washable. While you can’t buy them at your supermarket, you can get your mitts on a pair online, cutting out the perpetual last-minute dash to Woolies forever.
There’s just one problem, though. Do they actually work?
Luckily, CHOICE (the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia) has done all the hard work for us – and got five women to put the superhero undies to the test.
Will they leak?
While one woman said “I didn’t have any leaks and they were pretty comfortable [without a cup or tampon],” not everyone agreed.
Two of the five women had leakage, describing the washable undies as a “great backup”, adding “I would never rely on them as a first line of defence!”
Another agreed - the undies were handy for "another barrier of protection", but should be used in conjunction with other items, like a tampon or a menstrual cup.
"They were a particular success on those last few days that don't warrant a tampon," a trialist said.