How to get started with leakproof underwear

You feel ready to try leakproof underwear, but you’re unsure about how to choose the right absorbency and how many pairs are needed. You’re not alone! These are some of the most common questions we receive about leakproof underwear, so we’ve gathered everything you need to know below.

How to choose?

We've developed 8 different styles - from boxers and full brief comfy styles to more cheeky high-cut styles and thongs. We want as many people as possible to be able to choose a pair of underwear in the style they usually wear, but with the added benefit of leakproof protection.

While style might be easier to choose, questions arise when it comes to which absorbency? Here's an overview:

  1. Super Light has no leakproof layer, but the gusset is designed for the female body (read: varying degrees of discharge throughout the month), and can be used instead of your regular underwear.
  2. Light feels like your regular underwear, but has leakproof protection and is perfect for light bleed or leak days, and for the 'am-l-getting-my-period-today?' and the ‘is-my-period-over?' days. It replaces the panty liner, and is also great to use with the menstrual cup or a tampon!
  3. Moderate is much more absorbent and is actually high enough absorbency for most people during stronger bleed or leak periods. It can hold 10-15ml, the same as 2-3 pads or tampons.
  4. Super is for the heavier bleeding days or light to moderate bladder leaks. It can hold 20-25ml or the equivalent of 4-5 pads or tampons or 1 menstrual cup. Perfect for overnight protection!
  5. Super Plus is for very heavy bleeding and has an extra long gusset back and front to increase protection when lying down overnight. It can hold 30-35ml or the equivalent of 6-7 tampons or pads.

    Find more information on our different absorbency levels here.

How many pairs do you need?

The short answer: Different people, different needs.

Things to consider:

  1. You do not have to do a 100% switch. Some prefer to use the cup, pads or tampons during the day and leakproof underwear overnight. Others prefer to start with light absorbency underwear for the light flow days and later scale up to higher absorbency for heavier flow days also. Go with whatever feels right for you.
  2. Track your current use of period products. How often do you empty a full menstrual cup or how many pads, tampons or liners do you use throughout your monthly cycle? Compare this to our absorbency explanations to help you decide how many pairs you're likely to need.
  3. The heavier your flow, the more often you need to change. If you have a light flow, one pair will most likely last you a full day. With a moderate or heavier flow, you would want to change more often, around every 4-8 hours. A good indication that it is time to change to a new pair is when you notice the seams are getting wet.
  4. Drying time. Light absorbencies dry quickly, while heavier absorbencies can take a day or two to line dry. We do not recommend tumble drying as the heat can ruin the underwear.

In sum: For a full switch to leakproof underwear, a total of 5-8 pairs would be a good average - 2-3 for overnight and 3-5 daytime pairs. A few extra pairs may be handy, if you're behind on washing or if your flow is unpredictable.

Got more questions? Check our FAQ or contact us directly.

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