How often should you change period pants?

2 Comments14 April 2022

You should change period pants in line with your flow. We estimate our light to moderate flow pants hold up to 2 tampons worth of blood and our heavier flow pants have extra layers of absorbency to last you even longer. With styles to suit all flows, from size 2-24 you will stay leak free and can change underwear when you feel wetness.

For light periods our moderate absorbency pants can be worn from the morning to the evening changing to a fresh pair for bed. For heavier menstrual periods our more absorbent heavy flow pants can be changed if needed in the afternoon and at bedtime. This can be different for each individual and as you did with their disposable counterparts, you will quickly find what works for you!

I love all of our styles of reusable pants and sometimes want to wear a moderate flow pair on a heavier day, this is fine! I just expect to change more often, or double up with a pad that can be whipped out at lunchtime so I can carry on confidently to the afternoon with the pants alone.

At 45, I am now in the throes of perimenopause and have short and sweet (HAH) periods with alot of flooding. I like to wear Feeling Fearless pants and a pad and switch this out when needed, this means I need a few less pants than if I was wearing them on their own. Washable period pants and pads cope with this (and the clots that come with it) far better than disposables!

At 17, my daughter prefers to wear menstrual underwear on their own so wears Feeling Fancy from morning til she is back from college where she changes for the afternoon and then again for the night!

My 51 yr old bestie wears our Feeling Pretty period panties for long walks as she struggles with latch key incontinence, she wears them for peace of mind and makes sure she has enough pairs to cover a walk a day confidently!


How many pairs of period pants will I need?

Now, if you are me - you need every style and colour!! But seriously, to answer how many pairs of period pants you will need depends on:

  1. How heavy your periods are
  2. How often you have a washload on
  3. Whether you want to wear pants alone or marry up with pads
  4. How many days your period lasts
  5. Whether you need day to day protection for incontinence as well as periods
  6. Whether you want to stash spares in your car / work bag / changing bag / if your cycle is unpredictable!

We have a handy period and pee protection questionnaire that will help guide you in how many pairs of pants you might need for your period to suit your needs and flow! Once you have completed a quick questionnaire I can reply with an email you can keep full of advice and links to products.

As an example, for a heavy period, washing frequently, you might need 6 pairs of pants if you are wearing them on their own or 4 pairs if you wanted a couple of pads too!

What period underwear should I go for?

Everyone’s bodies and periods are different, so the period underwear you go for should be tailored to your cycle and personal comfort.


Light flow - If you know your period is on the way or you are heading to the gym and want some backup for a menstrual cup, go for our Feeling limitless thong 

Moderate flow - Most of our styles fall into this absorbency range, for a jersey feel boy short go for Feeling Free, for a sexy satin low rise pair go for Feeling Sassy, or if you need a place for a heat pack to help with cramps, our Feeling Cosy have a pocket!

Heavy flow - Our low rise Feeling Sporty heavy and high waisted Feeling Fearless are perfect to keep you comfortable on your heavier days or if your incontinence is moderate.

Plus size - our range currently covers UK adult sizes 2 to 24 and we have additional sizes due to arrive early Summer. We are super reactive to customers needs and feedback so have listened and extended our size range!

We can take you from a jersey feel thong for under your gym leggings through to pretty satin feel mid rise knickers in teal, almond or berry colours or super soft bamboo low rise underwear to high waisted heavy flow super absorbent undies. We have a style for everyone - from tweens and teens first periods to post menopausal giggle and sneeze moments! With THIRTEEN different styles, mix and match to suit your day!


Our website has all the resources you need to wash and care for your period pants and has a handy size guide with measurements of the unstretched pants for you to compare to a comfortable pair at home. We have combinations of pants, pads, soaking boxes, wetbags and everything else you might need in kits on the site.

We hope you've enjoyed our Cheeky guide on how often you should change your period pants and that if you haven't tried a pair yet, you feel more confident to. We are so sure that you will love our period pants and pads that we have created a 90 day trial scheme for them, so if they don't work for you, we'll refund you in full.

If you enjoyed this we think you would like this blog on Do Period Pants really work? or have a browse of all our blogs!


As always, if you're unsure of what you need to make the switch, 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.

Donna Toy
28 May 2023  |  2:16

I have very very very heavy periods I don't use nothing but over night it's the only thing that barely works. Tampons start leaking in 30min. Pearl over night leaks in 1hr. Over night thick pads leak immediately. Over night thin pads extra exorbitant holds alot they work for 2 hours the only reason the leak is because the wings dont hold as much. What do you recommend? I wear largest size and use 2 over nights. Every 2 hours.

30 May 2023  |  9:18

Hi Donna, thank you for your comment, we have some great overnight pads -

And I think our Feeling Fearless bamboo pants would really suit you for overnight as they have protection from the front to back waistband -

Please email into us at if I can help further, Kirstin

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