A group of girls in a school sports room getting ready for a physical education lesson. Some are already in their sportswear, while others are in the process of changing into their sportswear and are wearing period pants.

Your guide to exercising while wearing period pants

Working out while wearing a pad or tampon can be challenging. It can be particularly uncomfortable when moving your body around while exercising – with your pad rubbing and chafing against your skin or your tampon string getting caught between your underwear. If you’ve been there before, you may consider switching to period pants. But will it be enough to keep you protected, even on your heaviest days? Will others be able to notice that you’re wearing them? Let’s find out…

Yes, we understand – exercising while on your period can be tough. It might be the last thing on your mind when you’re already dealing with heavy bleeding, mood swings and period pain. With little to no energy to spare, especially on the first few days of your period – all you might want to do is lay down on your couch with a hot water bottle (and maybe something chocolatey!).

But believe us, there are many benefits to exercising while on your period - from giving you a gentle boost to your mood and energy levels, to relieving your period cramps. However, it’s not always fun when you’re on a run and having to constantly worry about staining your underwear, dealing with discomfort from period products, sweat causing your period pad to become unstuck or needing to make an unplanned stop to change your tampon.

When trying to go that extra mile or achieve your personal best, the last thing you need is anything holding you back – because your period shouldn’t stop you from living fearlessly. This is where period pants come into action...

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Can you exercise in period pants?

The short answer is yes – you can exercise in your period pants. Designed to look and feel just like your normal pair of underwear, you might even forget you’re wearing them!

Period pants such as intimawear by Bodyform® come in various styles and sizes with different levels of absorbency to match your needs. Built with Tri-Tech performance, the products are highly moisture-wicking and absorbent, making them super comfortable to wear (and exercise in) for up to 12 hours.

So whether you decide to get your steps in, complete a high-impact workout or do yoga to work on your mind and body – your period pants have got you covered!

Are period underwear comfortable to wear while exercising?

Period pants are designed to be as comfortable as your regular underwear. What makes them unique is the fact that period pants instantly absorb all kinds of intimate fluids - from blood to discharge, sweat to after-sex fluids, and everything in between. intimawear by Bodyform® has a gentle and breathable top layer which makes them super comfortable to wear even for your most sensitive intimate skin.

They are designed to work with your body, no matter how you move, whether it’s tumbling in gymnastics or scoring the winning goal – period pants allow you to do what you want so no more rubbing or chafing while doing sports. And no matter how much you sweat, they will never move around, come unstuck (like some period pads) or be unable to capture your flow.

They also give you the freedom to work out without worrying about changing products, so they’re perfect for running long distances or hiking through the wilderness. So if your period comes just before a marathon, you’re covered.

What are the best period pants for exercising?

Choosing the best pair of period pants for working out truly depends on what style of period pants you are looking for and how heavy your flow is. Let’s take a further look. 

What period pants can I wear if I’m doing a high-intensity workout and have a heavy flow?

If you’re planning to do a high-intensity workout and have a heavy flow that day, opt for period pants with higher absorbency like our High Waist Heavy period underwear, specially designed for heavy flow. Made with super light and comfortable material, it enables airflow, dries fast and can hold fluid in securely for up to 12 hours. They also come with a unique odour control system that helps neutralise any sweat-induced smells, so you can rest assured that you’re completely protected, whatever your flow.

Do period pants just take care of my period, or can I wear them for other things?

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of sticky, wet discharge distracting you from achieving your new personal best. And sometimes, a few drops of pee can escape, especially when jumping around at a class, or when straining to lift a weight. Our new Multifluid pants are specially designed to absorb all types of fluid – everything from blood, sweat, discharge, after-sex fluids and even little drops of pee. Wear them on any day of your cycle to feel protected, even as you jump!

What are the best period-proof pants to wear with a tight-fitting gym outfit?

If you do sports such as gymnastics, pilates or perhaps a ballet class, you might need to wear certain outfits like a leotard or body-fitting gym wear. You can opt for period pants with a higher cut leg style like our High Leg period pants – made to work with your outfit without compromising comfort.

You may wonder when making the switch to period pants for the first time if they’ll be able to handle your period, especially if you’re used to trusting other methods, but our period pants are designed to be more than enough to take care of your flow.

So, wear your period pants with whatever you usually wear while exercising – whether it’s your yoga pants, leggings, ballet tights or your gymnastics outfit. Throw them on, and you’re good to go!

What are the best period pants to wear at school while doing sports?

Sports class at school isn’t always the highlight of the week (especially if bleep tests are involved), but it can be harder to enjoy if you’re on your period. In the worst cases, some of us may even skip school to avoid doing PE because of worrying about leaks! But it shouldn’t have to be this way.

If you’ve just started your period and are still trying to navigate the world of having a menstrual cycle, the last thing you might probably want is to draw attention to the fact that you’re menstruating. As period pants are designed to look just like a regular pair of underwear, nobody will be able to tell that you’re wearing them. Say goodbye to rustling period pads that rub as you run, or tampon strings escaping your pants in the changing room. Instead, you can opt for period pants such as our Bikini period pants – with their clean and simple look, you can get active while looking and feeling fab.   

At Bodyform®, we understand that nothing should hold you back from exercising, feeling confident and living fearlessly, not even periods. At the end of the day, you don’t have to do crazy workouts while on your period to feel the benefits. Something simple, even a gentle stretch at home is just as effective. Just remember to keep hydrated and be kind to yourself. If all you want to do is lie on your couch, then that’s absolutely fine too.

So, whether you decide to go for a run or do gentle yoga at home – why not choose period pants that work with your body and your period flow like intimawear by Bodyform® ?

Want to learn more? Explore how period pants work and how they are designed for you here at Bodyform®.


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