Are Period Pants Worth the Money?
11 December 2022
Yes, period pants are worth the money. Period pants can save you at least £120 the year you invest in reusable protection then AT LEAST £240 every year after so they are worth the investment.
That's a huge cost saving over the cost of sanitary towels, pads or tampons.
This is only if you go for a full stash of reusable pants in one go. You can build your washable pants and reusable menstrual products stash up slowly as budget allows and phase out disposables over time.
Most period flows requires at least four changes a day to stay fresh and leak-free in disposable protection and to follow tampon time limit guidelines - at a minimum - see our blog on Toxic shock syndrome.
An average period is five days long, meaning over a calendar year you will menstruate for 60 days minimum. 240 changes a year, 240 tampons or sanitary pads heading to landfill, and costing you money, along with the need to stay constantly supplied.
Eight ultra pads cost £1.80, this would last two days, add in a few tampons when you are worried about leaks - around £1 a day would mean you spend £240 a year on disposable protection for a regular flow, average length menstrual cycle.
For heavy menstrual bleeding where high absorbency or super absorbent products are required the cost rises.
For bladder weakness this cost is astronomical as unpredictable, frequent leaks make sufferers need pee protection all day everyday.
Many women use panty liners daily for this reason. However if the bladder weakness pad stays dry it will still need to be discarded at the end of the day for hygiene reasons.
A packet of eight pads costs on average £2.50 and a pack of twelve disposable pants costs £7.20 - some of our pants are only 30p more and they will wash and be used over and over again, lasting years.
'I have bought numerous pairs of cheeky period underwear over the past 18 months. I originally bought a few to wear at night, but now they are the only period product i use.
Highly worth the money, and still just as perfect as the day i bought them. Have purchased more in their sale this year too.' Trustpilot
How much does period underwear cost?
Period Underwear costs from around £8 to up to £25, depending on period pants brand. However just because some brands of period underwear are more expensive, doesn't necessarily mean better! Read our article to find out why (some) period pants are so expensive!
Cheeky Period pants have absorbency to front and rear waistband as standard and feel just like regular underwear. They have various absorbency levels to cover regular to heavy flow days. We even have a period thong which is suitable for light flow or as a backup to a menstrual cup!
Imagine you took a years worth of the money you would spend on disposables and invested it in reusable, washable period protection?
You can buy 7 pairs of Cheeky period panties for £50 and get a free wetbag, with our cotton and bamboo pads from £2.69. For £240 this would give you twenty eight pairs of pants (including 4 wetbags) along with ten bamboo or cotton pads.
This would be more that enough to kit out TWO menstruating people with enough change to cover washing powder for a year! Because you can wash alongside your other washing it also covers the extra loads!
'I love the ethics and aim of this company. Please try these products! Another bonus to period pants I wasn't expecting; My periods are not regular so I would obv use sanitary products when I was 'supposed' to come on, then waste them because I am late. Or worse get caught out if my period came early. NOW! these products are so comfy I can wear them when I am due on, and if I don't, there is no issues, I just wash them like any normal underwear. I'm also not wasting -one time use products (and money).' Trustpilot
Our whole range of standard reusable underwear are in our 5 pairs of period pants for £49 range. Buy 5 washable pads and get the cheapest free. Cloth Pads also come in multi-packs for £23.
For an average length, regular flow menstrual periods, washing every other day and leaving time for drying we estimate you would need six pairs of pants and four or five pads, for a heavier flow, add a couple of extra pairs.
We recommend you try one pair of pants or one reusable pad to check that reusable undies are for you, testing the water for heavier days. Then once you are committed you can dive right into a five for £49 or seven for £50 along with a few pads.
Some people even report that switching to reusable period pads reduces their bleeding, pain and menstrual blood flow.
Period underwear costs less than £100 for a full monthly stash with spares to cover a rotation of wearing, waiting for the wash and drying.
Building your stash slowly, buying a little bit each month will help to spread the cost.
If you are confused or unsure of what to buy to suit your body or your flow, we have a really handy period and pee protection advice questionnaire that can guide you through all 17 of our styles, to help you choose the best products for you and a pants comparison chart for you to compare our whole range.
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As always, if you're unsure of what you need to make the switch to reusable sanitary products and period pads, please do drop the team a line or use the online chat function. The team all use the products themselves and just LOVE to chat pee poo and periods, all day long, nothing is TMI and we all love to overshare based on our own experiences...
About the Author: Kirstin Scriven is part of the Customer Experience team at Cheeky Wipes, which since 2008 has been selling the original reusable wipes kit. She is mum to 3 and loves the forest, the sea and the hills!
Along with the rest of our crack team, she spends most days talking about poo, pee and periods and loves a chance to overshare. The business was recognised with a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development in 2021, celebrating their hard work over the last 13 years.