Period pants have become 2021’s most sought after sanitary products (never thought I’d write that sentence but here we are). Loved for their sustainability and comfort, this year has seen more and more brands creating their own line of menstruation-friendly underwear. Where once you had to drop over £20 to invest in a pair (and without spoiling this post, the seriously brilliant creme-de-la-creme of period pants do still cost more), this year they became cheaper and more accessible to the masses.
The cheapest on the market? Primark’s collection, which launched at the start of the summer. They come in a variety of fits and with two different absorbency options: light to medium (which will hold around three tampons worth) and medium to heavy (which will hold around four tampons worth). Single pairs cost £6, whilst multipacks of three will set you back £16.
I’d been eager to try them the minute I heard they’d launched. Having tried my first period pants earlier in the year (the high waist design by WUKA which were so good, they made me an instant convert to the club), I wanted to see how the budget versions compared.
For a period that lasts 4/5 days I reckon you could rely solely on pants if you had around six pairs and were doing a wash half way through. They’re brilliant because you can wear them longer than other sanitary products, meaning less faffing around with packaging in the office toilets.
It took me a good few months to track down the elusive Primark period pants, I’m guessing because they were slowly rolling them out in stores across the country or because they were just so wildly popular. But back in September I finally spotted them hanging in my local store in Brighton. The only problem? They were all bloody hipster styles and I am a full brief kinda girl, through and through, especially on my period when I want to tuck my bloated stomach right into my pants.
I snapped up two pairs regardless, in the name of research you understand. There were a couple of printed varieties, but I came away with two simple black designs with a kind of linear lace trim on top. One pair in the light to medium absorbency and another in the medium to heavy. Since then, I’ve worn them for two periods, and this is the feedback I have.
The comfort is great, they feel like decent quality pants. They’re light, they wash well and you’d want to wear them. But I don’t love the hipster fit, although that’s not really a surprise there. I’m also not sure they’d quite do the job on the heaviest days of my cycle (but since having kids those first 48 hours are like an actual scene from a horror film so I don’t know there’s in fact very little that would do the job in a leak-free manner), but, for the more regular days, they’re excellent.
I did manage to leak through the lighter pair overnight, but not fully, they were just damp on the outside. But I felt fresh, smelled fresh (or as fresh as one can smell when on their period), and will be going back to them again and again. For me, they were especially great on the days when you’re running up to your period and you’re unsure if it’s about to arrive or not, as well as the days when your period tricks you into thinking it’s finished when LOL surprise it hasn’t!
I think if you can afford it, it’s best to buy a couple of the higher priced pairs to really see you through the heavy days, and then to reply on high street versions to keep you covered for the entirety of your period.
Now I’m off to continue my hunt for Primark’s high waisted version, they must exist out there somewhere…