Is there a possibility that the future of menstruation is sustainable and environmentally friendly? Yes. Period panties, menstrual cups, and reusable pads are revolutionizing the menstruation market. For the longest time, pads and tampons were the only choices that females had when it came to periods. We also eventually realized that the materials used in pads and tampons (chemicals, bleach, plastic to mention a few)bring about a huge cost to the environment.
By now, many of us are well aware of the benefits of menstrual cups and reusable pads. But there is curiosity about period panties. “Will I feel wet and uncomfortable wearing them?”, “Will it stain my clothes?”, “Should I wear it as a back up with my pads or tampons or menstrual cups?’ etc etc.
Natalie Hobbs from Modibodi UAE clears all our doubts. Modibodi is the original period and leak-proof underwear. Hobbs took the responsibility to bring this brand to the region in 2018. “Having used pads and tampons for almost 30 years, I was very intrigued to learn about the underwear you could wear when having your period without a pad or tampon. They sounded too good to be true! After a lot of research, it became apparent that Modibodi was the leader in period-proof underwear.”
Underwear for women with periods
The technology was developed over several years, many prototypes, almost 1,000 scientific experiments, and consulting with almost 100 textile engineers and fiber companies in Australia and the US. The result is a range of underwear that is comfortable, better for the environment, cheaper in the long-run, safer, looks great, and works. “In my experience over the last two years, once ladies discover Modibodi and try it out, they quickly become converts! They choose to make the switch from pads and tampons to period-proof underwear and are often eager to get their friends and family onboard,” says Natalie.
For females who work out daily – tampons, pads, and menstrual cups are not extremely comfortable on period days. Natalie says that period pants are sufficient on their own for a few hours of workout even on heavy days. “The heavy/overnight absorbency holds 20ml (the equivalent of 3-4 pads or tampons). Not only is the underwear absorbent for periods and light bladder leaks, but it’s also moisture-wicking so will leave you feeling dryer than regular underwear.”
If you’re looking for more information on period panties, Hobbs answered few questions for Story of Fitness.
What are period panties and how do they work?
Modibodi’s period-proof underwear is underwear you can wear when you have your period, without having to use pads or tampons. The underwear has a thin (3mm) padded gusset and is made from 3 layers of material. There are 3 styles of absorbency, with the heavy/overnight absorbency holding the equivalent of 3-4 pads or tampons.
After wearing you simply rinse in cold water till the water runs clear, and then include in your next machine wash of dedicates. Period under wears will last 2-3 years, if washed correctly.
Do we still need to wear pads or tampons with period panties?
For many, the underwear can be worn as a complete replacement. Those with very heavy flows may need to use the underwear as a back-up, change the underwear more frequently, or save for their lighter days. I have some customers who love using the Modibodi as a back-up with their pads, tampons, or moon cups. We also have swimmers that provide protection on light/moderate days, meaning you can swim without having to wear a tampon or cup.
Do you feel that it is the need of the hour for more and more industries to advance sustainable sources?
I do. I believe real progress was being made in 2020. Whilst we’ve seen some positive environmental effects of Covid-19 (fewer emissions, less pollution) we’ve seen a massive increase in the use and disposal of single-use plastics. Billions of people around the world, on a daily basis, are using gloves and masks. Also, we are using extra plastics in an attempt to keep things clean and people healthy.
The world cannot continue to exist as we know it long-term if we don’t make big changes. We have to make a massive shift to sustainable resources, and soon. For the sake of our children and our planet.
More about Modibodi – Prices range from 89-119AED. You can purchase online at www.modibodi.ae . Delivery is next business day for Dubai, and 1-2 business days for other emirates. You will also find a range of Modibodi for sale at Eggs&Soldiers in Times Square, Dubai.
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