Let’s get the one con out of the way first: they run small. I got the 3-pack in size Medium and while they fit okay, I feel as though I should have gone with the large for maximum comfort. These kinda grind into the groin skin and the waist band really showcases the period bloat, but the material is soft and the pricing is worth it when you compare it to other brands (the ones I’ve looked into at least).
Now let’s talk blood: I am a woman with regular periods. While I was on the pill, I had an on-time 2-day stint of the palest pink blood/discharge when that time rolled around so I got really comfortable with just wearing dark colored boxer briefs or shorts while I bled. I quit the pill recently (a month off now) and just yesterday a brand new version of my period arrived with a solid, squeezing punch to the uterus. And the bleeding is real ladies- stuck pig style, deep dark red and plentiful. I’ve been able to wear one pair for about 8 hours at work- I had a little staining on the inner crease part of the underwear but I was vigorously roller skating on my lunch break. No leak-throughs though! I think that the minor seepage could be remedied by sizing up as well as taking it easy on the roller skating day 1 of your period... I slept all night in a pair without leaks. Woke up, rinsed them out, wrung them out in the bathtub and laid them to dry. Wearing the third pair as I type this review- still no leaks. No odor either! It doesn’t feel like you’re stewing in a soup of warm blood and the discarded smells from the deepest, darkest recesses of your body remain pleasantly hidden in the magical lining these panties provide. This is definitely a way way better to free bleed! I also give the underwear a complimentary dab dry with some toilet paper as I am sitting down to use the bathroom- depending on how much you bleed or what day of your cycle you are on, you will see/feel a bit of it. I’m not a big clot kinda girl, so I can’t vouch for the level of comfort on that, but a quick dab with some toilet paper removes the little you can see in my personal experience.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not these are for you, I can say that overall it’s a great deal. Whether or not you will still be using a cup or your preferred, period product of choice while you wear these, it’s safe to say that it’s a pretty good investment if you can make the sizing work for you!