Do Period Pants work for Heavy Periods?

11 October 2021  |  Admin

If you're unlucky enough to suffer from heavy periods or endometriosis, we understand that it can be completely debilitating and leave you feeling rubbish. 

Cheeky Pants are a female-led team and we have had to deal with heavy periods every single month. For years! So that's why we developed period underwear and pads which actually work, no matter how heavy your periods are!

'Simple Reusables' have been our thing for the last 13 years, since we launched with our Cheeky Wipes Reusable Baby Wipes kit back in 2008. We introduced reusable period products, including sanitary pads and period pants a few years later as our bodies changed as we moved towards menopause and disposable period protection just wasn't working for us any more.

We tried menstrual cups, but found that they just weren't for us, which is why we don't stock them.

It's great to see that lots High St & Supermarket brands are jumping on the reusables bandwagon as it raises awareness of reusable alternatives overall. However, without boasting, our 13 years of experience in reusables means that our products are better and we've got amazing customer service too. Read our 5 Star Trustpilot reviews - they speak for themselves.

In this guide we'll look at:


How do heavy periods affect you?

Heavy periods aren't just about the inconvenience of heavy bleeding, pain or cramping. Here's how heavy periods can affect you in a number of ways which you probably haven't even considered:

  • with poor sleep, restless because you're always mindful that you might bleed through onto your bedding or wake up in a puddle of blood
  • waking up in the morning but having to crawl to the toilet to stop blood running down your legs 
  • standing up and realising that you've passed a clot, or flooded your pad or knickers
  • having to wear two forms of period protection at a time, either tampon and pad, or double maxi pads
  • not being able to do sports or activities in case you leak through your protection, or because your period protection chafes or moves about
  • not being able to wear the clothes you want to in case of leaks or because disposable pads are so bulky

We get it.  We've been there.


Why does my period blood leak to the back?

Your period blood leaks to the back because your vagina entrance is towards the rear of your vulva. In addition, sleeping, sitting or lounging can compress your period blood and push the blood flowing towards the back of your knickers. 

If you compare Cheeky Pants to lots of other period pants brands, many of them only have protection in the gusset of their knickers. However we know that when you sleep, you move around from front to rear, so if you've got heavy periods it's really important to have protection to the front and rear waistband of your knickers because it means that you can sleep soundly. That's why our pants have got this protection against period leakage as standard across the range, except on the Cosy Shorts and Limitless Thong.

'I bought the cheeky wipes period pants after seeing an amazing reveiw from Part Time Working Mummy! She said to just buy one pair to try and you will not regret! I bought three! Day one today and I am sold! I suffer with quite heavy periods but I feel so secure and confident wearing these!' March 2021

Do period pants work for heavy periods?

Yes, period pants do work for heavy periods, but it's important to choose period pants with extra protection to cope with clots and flooding:

  • extra absorbency
  • absorbency and waterproof protection to the front and rear waistband
  • potential to increase absorbency with reusable pads

If you're at the clotting / flooding / upper end of the scale with really heavy periods, Cheeky have a couple of period pants options just for you. These have an extra absorbent layer so they are perfect if you work shifts etc or would find it difficult to change your knickers on extra heavy days. Just to be clear, you wouldn't need to change the knickers because they aren't absorbent enough, but because, like any period protection it's good to change them to feel fresh. 

First up with a high-waisted design which will leave you 'Feeling Fearless'. These are the same design as our very popular 'Comfy' High-waisted period pants, but with an extra layer of absorbency, so 5 layers in total, great for even the heaviest periods.

If high-waisted knickers don't really float your boat, or you're looking for period pants for your teen or tween with heavy periods, then our 'Sporty' cotton bikini style knickers also come in an extra absorbency option for heavy flow.

Our boybrief style period knickers and lace topped pretty period knickers for heavy flow are also worth looking at if you prefer those styles.

Cotton Extra Absorbency Period Pants - for Heavy Periods

'I was a bit hesitant about these but OMG it has changed my life. I’m so much more comfortable and happier on my periods, i cannot believe the quality, I have never leaked through (even on heavy days) and always dry. Never going back to pads and tampons I’m so happy ' Jessica, July 2021

Which sanitary pad is best for heavy flow?

We know that some of your have THE most horrendous periods and wearing double maxi pads is a thing.  Which is pretty grim, as wearing one maxi pad alone is like wearing a nappy, never mind two.

Our bamboo / charcoal reusable sanitary pads are the best sanitary pads for heavy flow. They come in liner, day pad or night pad, but if your periods are at the top end of the scale, then bamboo / charcoal day or night pads are your best bet. They're perfect for really heavy periods. Here's what customers have got to say about them:

'Why didn't I switch sooner?! As someone who suffers  periods, I was very reluctant to switch. I would go through about 7 pads a day. Leaking through 3 pairs of trousers. Changing every 2 hours, sometimes more. I read about how much more absorbant reusable pads were so decided to just go for it. After reading reviews, I felt like cheeky pads were the best to get started with. All I can say is, what a life changer. I ordered 3 day pads and 2 night. I got started on my heavy day and used a day pad. Not joking. I wore it for 4 hours before needing to change. That whole day I only used 3 pads!!! And I didn't leak once!!!!!!! The washing didn't bother me. I just soak in cold water for 30mins. Then throw them in the wash with everything else. I've ordered more so I don't have to worry when the others don't dry. Love love love them. Best decision I've ever made!!' Emily, August 2021

'The bamboo period pads are game changing. 1000 x more absorbent than your bog standard (even super) disposable towel. Revisiting my review, after 6 months it’s honestly changed my life at the time of month. I am peri menopausal with a lifetime of heavy periods, not fun. I used to have to wake 2-3 times a night to change but now I can sleep through. There’s no pretty way of explaining how well these work without the detail - but so long I have suffered. These are so comfortable,easy to clean and get more absorbent the more you use them. A very happy customer, thank you cheeky wipes for creating these. I started using them to be more sustainable but didn’t expect for a moment for them to be a really brilliant product, which is exactly what they are'. EA, August 2021

However if you've got REALLY heavy periods, we think a combo of pants and pads will work best for you - and that's based on our personal experience. It's just so much easier to whip out a pad at lunchtime and then just wear your period pants for the remainder of the day.

Charcoal Bamboo Night Pad for Heavy Periods Clots & flooding


We understand that you might still be a bit hesitant about switching to reusables if it's a new concept for you. That's why we're here to offer advice and hold your hand if necessary - we want EVERYONE to feel 100% happy and comfortable on their periods - it's our mission.

Take a look at our reusable period protection questionnaire which will come back with tailored recommendations for you based on the heaviness of your periods, how often your washing machine is on etc. There's a quick quiz which will give you an immediate idea, or if you'd like a more in-depth recommendation, you can fill out our questionnaire and then one of the team will reply to you personally.

Alternatively, drop us an email or use our chat function which is available Monday to Friday during the day.

We hope that helps - there's no need to suffer from heavy periods any longer than you absolutely have to!

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.

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