Do Period Pants Actually work? Our Verdict

2 December 2021  |  Admin

Yes, period pants do actually work. Period pants are just like regular knickers, except they contain an absorbent layer plus a waterproof layer to keep you secure and dry. It almost seems like magic or science fiction doesn't it?

You've got your period. But instead of bulky, irritating plasticky sanitary pads, or intrusive tampons or menstrual cups, you're just wearing what look like regular underwear.

And you aren't leaking.  

You don't smell bad.

You're just comfortable and going about your day. The only time you really remember you're 'on' is when you wipe at the loo and it comes away bloody.

Seriously seems like magic. 'Game-changing'.

At Team Cheeky, we've been doing 'Simple Reusables' for 13 years now so we're well versed in helping people ditch disposable, single use plastic-laden period products such as pads or tampons and make the switch to reusable period pads and period pants. Here we're also answering a couple of the questions we get asked often:


How do reusable period pants work?


How do period pants work? Find out here.

Here's how Reusable Period Pants work:

  • inner moisture wicking layer against your skin, normally cotton or bamboo which leavs you feeling dry
  • absorbent layer or layers which can be cotton, bamboo, microfibre or even wool and will absorb up to 4 tampons worth of blood
  • waterproof layer - to prevent leaks
  • outer layer which often contains lycra or elastane for a good stretchy yet snug fit, which is important

It's important to know that period pants should always be washed in cool or cold water to avoid 'setting' the stains. There's more info in our period pants washing & care instructions.

High-Waisted Extra Asorbency Period Pants for Heavy Flow

Can you leak through period pants?

No, you shouldn't leak through period pants because the absorbent and waterproof layers trap and hold the blood. The only reason you can sometimes get leaks is if you're:

  • wearing them for too long
  • wearing regular absorbency pants when you need heavy flow period pants
  • got the wrong fit. Period underwear needs to be snug fitting. Baggy pants = leaks

At Cheeky Pants, it's reassuring to know that if you have any problems with your period pants, our team of experts are on hand to help resolve your issues - we LOVE to chat pee, poo and periods!

'Was quite happy to be ordering period pants that looked normal.  When they arrived I opened them up was a little disappointed in the fact they looked a little bulkier compared to how they look online and also a little rustly, however once I had tried them on I realised they don't actually feel bulky on and under clothes you honestly can't tell the difference and you don't hear the rustle once there one either.

I usually use period pants with a liner or tampon in the day and pad at night as extra protection but I decided to give these a try without anything else as i was home all day. I choice the teal in the feeling sassy to wear in the morning and I had no problems with them absorbing etc I wore these for around 9 hours before they had just started to leak through at the seam (heavy flow) so all in all I found them pretty effective. So whether they are being used on their own or with other products I would definitely say you could go out for the day and feel sure that you won't have any leakage.' Jade, via Trustpilot

Recommended Period Pants to Try:

3 for 30
5 for 45
7 for 56
Feeling Cosy - Bamboo Period Shorts

Why buy Cheeky Pants?

At Cheeky, we've been doing 'Simple Reusables' for the last 13 years, being recognised with the Queens Award in Enterprise in Sustainable Development this year as a result.  

Our pants have absorbency to the front and rear waistband as standard across most of our product range, so you can relax knowing that they're leak-free.

What you get also from us is expertise!

We've got helpful questionnaires which will give you a tailored recommendation as to what you need.  Our Customer Services team all use our period pants and pads themselves so are well versed to answer any questions you might have and hold your hand to help you or your child make the switch. 

Drop us a line today, we're happy to help!


About the Author:  Helen Rankin is a Mum of 4 who founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit, back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. She went on to develop their range of 'Simple Reusables' to include reusable period pants & pads in the UK and reusable makeup removing pads. Her customer services team pride themselves on providing relatable friendly advice and just LOVE to chat pee, poo and periods all day long! The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.



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