Period Pants Basics

Period pants look and feel like normal underwear, except you can bleed in them. Trust your pants to deal with whatever flows your vagina throws at them, without any unexpected surprises.

intimawear by Bodyform® is a range of pants designed for any flows your vagina throws at them. There's no need for any other period products as the built-in absorbent gusset is there to lock everything snugly in. However, disposable period products can be used alongside period pants for additional support, if that makes you feel more comfortable. They're also a more sustainable option for your period - just bleed, wash and repeat, wear after wear.

Given all bodies are different, we recommend following the hip measurements for each pair of pants to find the most accurate size, and the best fit. Be sure to measure your hips at their widest point.  

Check the fit details of each pants' style via our size chart. The pants should fit snugly but not so tight that they become uncomfortable –– like a lovely firm hug. 

If you order from us for the first time and are not satisfied with your size, you are very welcome to benefit from our 60-day money back guarantee.  

Yes, the pricing shown on our website for all Bodyform Period Pants has now been adjusted to reflect the removal of VAT.

Using Your Period Pants

You do you. Some people like to wear period underwear as a backup, like a soft-to-the-touch insurance policy, along with tampons or a menstrual cup.  

But please know that, with our Tri-Tech technology, our pants are designed to be fully relied on –– as long as you choose the absorbency level that best works for you. There is no 'need' to wear a pad or tampon with your period pants, but if it helps make you feel comfortable, then go for it. 

We tested it and there are no concerns about any issues like infections arising from wearing intimawear by Bodyform® for up to 12 hours, no matter the temperature or climate. The underwear has a breathable layer that allows the skin to breathe throughout the day, whatever you're up to.

No, it's just like wearing normal underwear.

intimawear by Bodyform® has been designed with real people’s needs in mind as we know that periods aren’t always simple or predictable. Over an average use of 12 hours, consumer tests (in France, the UK, and Colombia) showed that 90% of women did not have any accidents, spillage or leaks. 

Thanks for asking! Your body and the pants will let you know when it's time for a change. You might feel it's wet or that you've used it for a long time –– but keep in mind that our pants are designed to last for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow. Every flow is different, so you do you.

Don't worry! The pants have a specialised wicking and absorbent layer that is treated with an antimicrobial odour control system - which sounds technical but basically means it prevents any smells, even if it's hot and sweaty.

Whatever your vagina throws at them – blood, discharge, after-sex flows, the in-between, the was-that-sweat? Finally, we have pants that are designed for our physiology. So, pop them on, let your body flow and let your pants do the rest. 😎

We don’t recommend swimming in your intimawear by Bodyform® pants. It won't affect the performance of the pants, but they're not designed for swimming, and would just absorb the water of the pool. Not ideal, really. Sorry to disappoint.

Our period pants for teens are definitely a great introduction to the world of period care, as they can be worn just like your regular underwear choose the perfect period pants for your teen.

Environmental Impact

Climate change is something we take very seriously, and we know that it is also important to you, our customers. 🌎 

Our washable pants offer a sustainable choice of period care that has 62% less impact on the environment** - just wear, wash and repeat.  

intimawear by Bodyform® reduces the carbon footprint to approximately one third that of a disposable towel and 82% less waste is produced, versus using a pair of underwear and two Ultra Towels (compared to 1 Bodyform Ultra Normal, 1 Bodyform Ultra Night and a panty made out of 50% cotton / 50% nylon). 

In principle our products don’t contain substances that directly originate from animals. However, we can’t really make the claim of “vegan” for our products. This is because the supply chain for our products is very complex, and we can’t guarantee that others further up the chain haven’t come into contact with animal-based materials.

For All Kinds of Flows

Hey, our pants are designed for all kinds of flows. Here are our pants' Top Trump cards:  

  • Light Flow: Takes up to 1 towel or tampon's worth. Can handle: spotting or some continuous light flow.  
  • Moderate Flow: Takes up to 3 towels or tampons' worth. Can handle a steady flow with occasional gushes (emotional or otherwise –– we get it, we're all hormonal).  
  • Heavy Flow: Takes up to 6 towels or tampons' worth. Can handle highs and lows of abundant flow with some gushes (about our product or otherwise –– we get it, when a product is this absorbent, you want to gush about it on the internet). 
  • Overnight Flow: Features the same gusset as Heavy Flow, but extended in the back and front to keep flows in place while you enjoy some well-deserved rest. 
  • All Intimate Fluids: Wicks in intimate fluids (discharge, urine and sweat), including small amounts of blood, better than your pad or liner. 

Every flow is different, as is every person. So, what works best for you might not work best for someone else. How many pants you need depends on a few variables like:  

  1. How long does your period usually last?  
  2. Do you want to wear the pants day and night?  
  3. Do you want to combine the pants with other products or have a period-pants-only type period?  

The answers to these questions should lead you to a good number of pants, but a bit of trial and error, and seeing what works for you might also do the trick. 

Psst…Did you know that it pays off to order more than one pair of period pants? Simply add more period panties to your shopping basket and see how much you can save by stocking up. 

To save some money, you can buy period pants as a full flow set, covering your light, medium and heavy days. Or, if you're feeling super thrifty, you can use the multipacks to stock up, turning your pant drawer into a blood-friendly treasure trove, with everything you need to suit your flow.

We've designed––and continue to design––a wide range of pants so that there's something for everyone. We want it to be like a big all-you-can-eat buffet of period care. So, we have the following for you to choose from: 

  • Bikini: Pants which sit lower on your hips and offer slightly less coverage, but with all the same absorbency. 
  • Hipster: Pants with a wider side length of fabric that sit higher on the hips. 
  • High Waisted: Pants with full fabric coverage. Our preferred pick for those extra-comfy, I'm-not-moving-from-this-sofa days.  
  • High Leg: Pants with soft coverage, a high waisted fit and a high leg hole. High leg is all the rage at the moment, making these very Instagram-friendly. Pap away. 
  • Full Brief: Pants that feature a high waist and a low cut at the legs, this style perfectly combines style and protective coverage. 
  • Brazilian: Pants offering more coverage than a thong, but less than a Hipster, revealing a little more of your…cheeks. They have a high leg cut and sit low across the hips. More flirty and playful than your typical Hipster cut. 
  • Boyleg: Pants with a similar style to boxer briefs that sit lower on your hips, these period pants provide the fullest coverage for ultimate protection. 
  • PJ Pants: Pants that can replace your regular PJ’s, this shorts-like style is the perfect option for containing those overnight flows. 

Everyone feels comfortable in different pants––our pants are just like all your other pants, except you can bleed in them. Just choose the styles that make you feel good, and let your body do its thing. For more info about all of the different styles you can pick from, our period pants style guide is here to help. ❤️ 

The absorbent gusset uses what we call TriTech performance. Comprised of three layers: wicking, absorbent and breathable. The wicking layer is made of modern technical fabrics which draw moisture away from the body – similar to sportswear. These fabrics are made from high-tech polyester which, unlike cotton, quickly transport fluids into the absorption layer to feel as dry as possible on the surface. Additionally, the gusset is sealed around the edges, so you can trust it to keep your fluids in.

Our pants are made with real bodies in mind. They're designed for real life. The gusset is positioned under the vulva –– as it should be! –– providing full coverage. The gusset is widened significantly at the front and rear for absolute leak protection. No blood shall pass here.✋ The gusset's length depends on the absorbency level of the pants. For example, if you've got a heavy flow, your pants will be designed with a longer gusset to make sure you have a worry-free, leak-free period.🩸

Materials We Use

Sensitive skins, rejoice: there are no perfumes or fragrances added to any of our materials. Instead, we use materials with odour-locking technology, avoiding any chemicals or nasties.

Stunning question! The pants are made from a range of polyamide, cotton and the premium material Lyocell by Lenzing, so you can choose the type of fabric and feel that best suits you. Take your pick! 👭👭 All flows are different, so we've created a range to try to suit everyone. The gusset is made from a mix of polyester, polyamide, polyurethane and esathane, depending on its absorbency level. The detailed material composition for each pair of pants can be found in each style/product description. 🔍 Pick your pair and let your body flow.

All of the gussets are designed with our brilliant TriTech technology, for absolutely worry-free flows. But the overnight gusset has been adjusted specifically for sleep, developed with your tossing and turning in mind. It's designed for all the sleep positions you could dream of: from lying on your back, or on your belly to flopping onto your sides. 💤The gusset is adjusted in length to avoid any nighttime leaks, no matter what position you sleep in. So, you can stretch your legs across the entire bed if you like. The pants won't mind, although your partner might. 🛌

Great question! Brace yourself, because this is actually pretty cool. (Or, at least, we think so.) A new material from Lenzing Company, a leading supplier of specialty fibers. TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ Lyocellis made with natural based fibers made from wood pulp derived from sustainable wood sources.

Periods are what we do. We have very high sourcing standards for our pants, and work hard to ensure an ethical and responsible supply chain. Fabric that's going to be that close to your vulva has to be the absolute crème de la crème, obviously. 

The body fabric of our Essentials range of period pants is made from 100% certified organic cotton, for a pair of period pants that offers all the protection you need, with the soft, breathable and comfortable feel of cotton.  

Good question. Cotton is a natural fibre, with natural features such as moisture management and softness. (Isn't it wonderful what the world produces all by itself?) Polyamide is a synthetic fibre that is already used in clothing that we are familiar with, including sportswear and swimwear. Polyamide is what makes our period pants so durable, fast-drying and contributes to the lack of odour when used. If natural is what you prefer, the body fabric in our Essentials range is made from 100% sustainably sourced organic cotton.

Product safety is a primary focus area for Essity, the company behind Bodyform. We have far-reaching procedures and standards to secure that our products are safe to use and with all relevant legislation Essity never adds PFAS intentionally into our intimawear by Bodyform® period pants products. No PFAS is added when the garments are manufactured, neither during any part of the supply chain. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of chemicals containing thousands of different synthetic molecules. Trace amounts of PFAS are present in the environment around us; in the air, water, and soil, hence we can never role out that small amounts can be detected also in our products. All our intimawear period pants are certified according to Oeko-Tex 100, Appendices 4 & 5, product class II, and/or tested against these criteria. They pass the limit for the PFAS substances included in the tests, see link: Downloads (

Consumers can wear Bodyform period underwear with confidence because they are safe, sustainable and provide superior performance. Our pants contain silver copper zeolite to prevent odor when wearing the pants for up to 12-hours, which our research shows is a key concern for customers. Our collection also includes ranges that are without an antibacterial property for those who prefer an alternative. 

All of our washable underwear is certified according to Oeko-Tex standard 100 which means that every single component has been tested for harmful substances and that the underwear has been designated as harmless for human health. 

Caring for Your Period Pants

We tested intimawear by Bodyform® and we guarantee the same performance in excess of 50 washes for our standard period pants, and 25 washes for our Sleepwear range.

There are a few easy steps to washing your intimawearby Bodyform® period pants. Firstly, rinse them in cold water. Then, pop them in your washing machine at 40 degrees with your usual load (don't use fabric softener or bleach as this can affect the efficiency of the pants). Then simply hang to dry. We wouldn't recommend you dry clean them. For the full low-down, you can read our guide on how to care for your period underwear.

Great question. We guarantee that the pants will still work just fine after 50 washes at 40°C. (All hail mild cycles.) That's over 4 years of periods, if you have a regular flow. However, the pants can be used for much longer even though we can't absolutely guarantee the same performance after that. What we can say is that they're totally safe to use after the 50 washes. So, wash, bleed and rewash away to your heart's content. We recommend washing your period pants before first use.

Great question. If you wash the pants at 40 degrees that won't remove all the microorganisms, sadly – however (here's the good news) a wash time of 90 minutes at 40 degrees has shown a reduction of many pathogens between 99,99% and 99,99999% depending on type of organism. (The stuff you don't want is basically all gone, is what we're trying to say. See ya, organisms!)

The pants will take slightly longer to dry than your usual underwear due to the layers of materials used within the gusset. They need a little rest after all that absorption – after all, they work hard to give you a totally worry-free period. But, not to worry, hang up the pants, put the kettle on, settle into a salacious podcast, and they'll be dry and ready to roll in no time.

Our pants are not fully decomposable. But don't blame us, blame the gusset! Due to how much absorbing we need the gusset to do for us––and how comfy and secure it needs to make you feel––it's too difficult to also make it . Still, you can cut the super-absorbent gusset out, thank it for its service, and drop off the rest of the fabric at your local textile recycling bin. Wave off your fabric scraps, wishing them well for their new lives: they can be repurposed into carpet padding, car filling, insulation and more. 👋👋

Orders, Shipping & Payments

As a first time purchaser, we’re happy to give you your money back or exchange your garment within 60 days of your first purchase. All we ask is that you provide a 15 word statement about why the product wasn’t right for you or why you’d like to exchange. For more information and to apply, please click here.

If you have changed your mind for any reason, you may return products in their original packaging, unopened and undamaged, back to us within 14 days of receipt of goods for store credit or a refund.  We recommend getting in touch before returning any product back by emailing our support team here.

Please note that you must return the goods to us at your cost and risk, and we recommend using a tracked service, as we cannot be held liable if the parcel is lost or damaged in transit. Products that have been opened or damaged will not be refunded. We aim to issue refunds or grant store credits within 14 days of receipt of the returned items. All refunds are made via your original payment or via BACS transfer.

As a first time purchaser, we’re happy to give you your money back or exchange your garment within 60 days of purchase. All we ask is that you provide a 15 word statement about why the product wasn’t right for you or why you’d like to exchange. For more information and to apply, please click here.

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If you've returned your item, but the refund hasn't been processed in a timely manner, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please email us with your order number and we will be happy to look into this further for you.

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If the product that you ordered is no longer available, we may offer you substituted goods of a similar nature and quality. In this case, we will contact you and ask if you wish to proceed.

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