I’ve written before about my difficult relationship with my periods… I have heavy bleeding, struggle with period pains, can’t use contraception to stop my periods and due to my disability have very limited options in terms of how I cope with the bleeding. I can’t use a moon cup or tampons (I have vaginismus so nothing goes up there), my hand pain can make using sanitary towels difficult so my carers have to get involved and I’m also actually allergic to them… I have tried reusable sanitary towels which overcome the allergy but not the hand side of things…
Aside, this isn’t a sponsored post.
I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about period knickers and when they first came on my radar they were expensive and reviews didn’t seem great. At that point, I wasn’t having to ask my carers for much help so the idea of asking them to rinse blood stained underwear just didn’t feel great. Since then, my periods have got heavier so carers have had to rinse knickers, pj bottoms and bedding on a monthly basis. I’ve also had to ask carers to help me take off and put on my sanitary towels more often. With this in mind, I revisited period knickers and found that the market had increased and with this, reviews had been more favourable.
So I ordered a pair of Modibodi heavy absorbency pants. I was reassured that they offer a refund if you buy a pair and they are faulty, they offer a sixty day replacement. I was cautious but hopeful. The first time I wore them I waited until a couple of days into my cycle and wore them during the day. And it all went really well!
I think the only way to explain is a bit graphic but it does illustrate things better… So that first day I tested the absorbency by wiping the gusset with toilet roll and… nothing! Well, there was a teeny tiny smear of very little blood once, such a different picture to when I use sanitary towels. I was so impressed I actually wore them that night as well with no leakage!
But what about day one of a period? Well, that has now been tested. And it’s all been great! When we rinsed them there was so much blood and yet, no blood on my clothes, pjs or bedding! The only blood that’s been on the knickers themselves is clots and that just sits on top of sanitary towels anyway. As I said, when it came to rinsing them there was a lot of blood but once rinsed and left to dry, they get chucked in the washing basket. And it is just rinsing, you don’t need to hand wash them properly, no need for washing powder or kneading, just rinse in cold water!
I am still very early on in my journey with period pants but I am impressed so far. After the first test I was so impressed that I went ahead and got enough for a full cycle. I would recommend them and, whilst I know that different things work for different disabilities, I do think they are going to be a very helpful tool in the disabled persons toolkit.