How do period pants work?

Period Pants: Everything You Need to Know

Looking for a comfortable and discreet alternative to tampons and pads? Then period pants might be perfect for you! Period pants absorb your menstrual blood and provide the freedom and security you deserve during your period. Are you unsure about how period pants work, if they're right for you, or how long you can wear them? Don't worry! In our comprehensive guide, you'll find all the answers to your questions and discover if period pants are the perfect solution for you. Keep reading to learn everything about period pants and uncover the benefits of Hunkemöller's period pants!

What are period pants?

Period pants look like regular underwear but with an extra layer. This layer consists of high-quality, absorbent materials that catch and hold your menstrual blood. Thanks to a leak-proof design, you don't have to worry about accidents. Period pants feel as comfortable as your favorite underwear.

Period underwear is available in various styles, colors, and absorbency levels, so you can find the perfect fit and protection for your needs.

How do period pants work?

Hunkemöller's period underwear offers comfort, discretion, and leak-free protection thanks to innovative three-layer technology. The soft and lightweight fabric feels as comfortable as your favorite underwear:

  • Absorbent layer: The first layer of Hunkemöller's period underwear is made of a soft and absorbent material that comes into direct contact with your skin. This layer quickly absorbs menstrual blood and holds it, keeping you comfortable and dry all day long.
  • Leak-proof layer: The second layer is a waterproof layer that prevents leaks from penetrating to the outside. This layer provides extra protection against accidents and ensures you stay dry and fresh for longer.
  • Breathable membrane: The third layer is made of breathable material that wicks moisture away from your body. This layer keeps you dry and fresh even during long days or light activities. The third layer also helps prevent unpleasant odors.

The combination of these three layers ensures that Hunkemöller's period underwear is comfortable, discreet, and leak-free, allowing you to feel confident all day long.

Benefits of period pants:

Period pants offer numerous benefits compared to tampons and pads:

  • Comfortable: Period pants are soft and comfortable to wear, and you don't feel damp or clammy. Hunkemöller's period pants have a regular waist and leg height for extra wearing comfort. Some models even have a beautiful lace back.
  • Reusable: You can wear period pants over and over again, making them a more environmentally friendly option than tampons and pads.
  • Cost-effective: In the long run, period pants can be a cost-effective solution since you can wash and reuse them multiple times.
  • Leak-proof: The multi-layer absorbent technology ensures you don't have to worry about leaks.
  • Odor-fighting: Many period pants are made of materials that fight odors, so you feel fresh and confident.

Drawbacks of period pants:

In addition to the benefits of period pants, there are also some drawbacks to consider:

  • Can be more expensive: Period pants are often more expensive to purchase initially than tampons and pads, but in the long term, they can be a cost-effective solution.
  • Needs more frequent changing: Although some period pants can last up to 12 hours, you may need to change them more often than tampons or pads in most cases.
  • Less discrete: Period pants may be thicker than regular underwear, so they may be visible under tight clothing.

What to consider when buying period pants?

Are you thinking about buying period pants? Before you make your choice for period pants, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Absorbency level: Choose period pants with the right absorption for your flow. Hunkemöller offers medium absorption that keeps you dry for up to 8 hours (equivalent to 3 tampons or 2 pads).
  • Material: Period underwear comes in various materials, such as cotton, bamboo, and microfiber. Choose a material that feels comfortable and suits your skin well.
  • Price: Prices of period pants vary. Hunkemöller offers affordable options with a basic version for €22.99 and a lace-back panty for €23.99.

How to wash period pants?

Washing Hunkemöller's period pants is very simple, allowing you to reuse them and help the environment. Follow these steps to keep your period pants clean:

  • Rinse: Rinse your pants with cold water after use to remove most of the blood.
  • Wash: Wash your period pants in the washing machine at max. 40 degrees with a mild detergent without fabric softener or bleach.
  • Dry: Let your pants air dry, do not tumble dry them.
  • Care label: Always check the care label for specific instructions.

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How long can you wear period pants?

How long you can wear period pants depends on your flow. Hunkemöller's medium absorbency pants keep you dry for up to 8 hours, but for heavy flow, you may need to change them more frequently.

Different types of menstrual flows:

  • ● Light: 2 tampons per day (up to 6 hours absorption)
  • ● Medium: 3 tampons per day (up to 8 hours absorption)
  • ● Heavy: 4 tampons per day (up to 12 hours absorption)

Discover in our table which absorbency level suits you best, whether you have a light, medium, or heavy period.

Hunkemöller's period pants: stylish & functional

Hunkemöller offers various period pants, so you can choose the style and protection that perfectly suits your period:

Style: Choose from a plain model or a variant with a feminine lace detail on the back. Both models have a comfortable Rio fit.

Absorbency: Hunkemöller's period pants are available for medium absorption. The medium absorbency pants keep you dry for up to 8 hours (equivalent to 3 tampons or 2 pads). If you have a light or medium menstrual flow, Hunkemöller's period pants are perfect for you!

Shop now

As with any product, period pants have both advantages and disadvantages. It's important to choose what feels best for you and what is most comfortable. Are you convinced? Buy your period pants online now at Hunkemöller. And don't forget: at Hunkemöller, you'll find stylish period pants as well as a wide range of seamless panties, bras, and lingerie so you can always feel comfortable and confident.

Frequently Asked Questions about period pants


How does period underwear work?

Period underwear has an absorbent insert that catches and holds menstrual blood. The insert is made of a special material that allows moisture to pass through but prevents leaks.

How long do period pants last?

The lifespan of period pants depends on the quality and how well you maintain them. With normal use, high-quality period pants can last 2 to 3 years.

Can you leak with period pants?

The chance of leaking is small if you choose the right size and absorption. Regularly change your period pants to prevent leakage.

How long can you wear period pants?

How long you can wear period pants depends on your menstrual flow. Hunkemöller's medium absorbency pants keep you dry for up to 8 hours, but for heavy flow, you may need to change them more frequently.

Can I wear period pants while exercising?

For light exercises, period pants are perfectly suitable. For intense workouts, using a backup such as a tampon or pad may be advisable.