Period absorbing panties

Panties that absorb your period.

Blushproof are washable, reusable panties designed to replace disposable pads and tampons. They look and feel just like your regular undies.

Blushproof panties: 
absorb up to 6 regular tampons’ worth without feeling bulky;
wick moisture keeping you fresh and dry;
prevent leaks so that clothes stay stain-free;
neutralise smells and control odour.

Our panties feature a super comfy inbuilt pad with three to four layers of protection. See “How they work” for more details.

We recommend you try them at home. This is your ‘experiment’ day when you can learn how your panties work for you.

Remember our blushproof period absorbing panties hold different capacities, Light/Regular; Heavy; and Super but only you know your flow!

If you want to change them less often, then wear them with another sanitary item like a menstrual cup. 

Once you’re comfortable with how they work, you can use them anywhere.

Our panties are really easy to care for and if you look after them properly, they can last for 3+ years. See “Caring for blushproof panties”  for more details.

The Regular absorption holds up to 15 mls or 3 tampons worth.

The Heavy absorption holds up to 25 mls or 5 tampons worth.

The Super absorption holds up to 30 mls or 6 tampons worth.

This really depends on you and your flow.  If you use them exclusively, we would suggest 6 pairs of Blushproof period absorbing panties in a single cycle. If you use them with other sanitary products as back-up then probably 4 pairs will do. Remember, whilst you’re wearing a “set”, the other set is being washed and dried. 

Although we'll definitely be making a bamboo version, we first wanted to make period panties that dry really quickly so that you don't have to buy as many pairs.

Of course! That’s why we love them!

Blushproof is a South African owned business. All our items are designed and manufactured in South Africa. Love local!

If you follow all care instructions, during and after you use them, they will last at least 3 years.  Just remember, rinse after use, then hand or machine wash. Line dry.  Don’t use bleaches, fabric softener, the iron or the tumble dryer.

Although we haven't tested our period panties for swimming, we know some of happy customers using them for swimming anyway.

Our panties are made with a special design that neutralises bad odours and bacteria. Plus, they are also super-absorbent and sweat-wicking to keep you fresh and dry. Yay!

The wicking layer of our period-absorbing technology has an application of non-migratory silver, commonly used in performance wear to control odour and the spread of bacteria. “Non-migratory” means it won’t come off your panties and that it only responds to bacteria on the fabric, not on your skin (so your vaginal microbiome stays fresh and balanced!). The waterproof layer has this same non-migratory silver giving you complete protection.

If cared for properly blushproof panties should not retain a scent — but if you think they need it, try a vinegar soak. Rinse your panties then soak them in a clean basin or sink with one cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Soak for about 10 minutes, then wash them as usual.

Note: If your period begins to smell different (especially fishy), that might mean something is wrong and it might be a good idea to check in with your doctor.

Yes they absolutely can!

Many new moms love using blushproof panties in the weeks after giving birth and when their periods start to return. 

They make an unexpected but well-needed baby shower gift too!

Sustainable periods

Periods are a normal part of our lives so it's important that we try to period sustainably.

80% of women have had leaks during their period which causes them anxiety. This is why changing to period absorbing panties can alleviate this stress.

According to an article in National Geographic, more than 17,4 billion tampons were sold in 2018.

The average person with a period uses 14,400 disposable pads, tampons, and panty liners in their lifetime — that’s a lot of landfill!

In fact, that equates to 559 kilotons (that’s the same as the weight of 150 000 female elephants) for the South African population menstruating over their lifetime. 

It takes at least 6 months for a tampon to biodegrade. Pads and applicators sit in landfills for centuries!

Using blushproof panties will greatly reduce how much waste goes into the landfills. In fact, you’ll be saving the planet from 43kgs of non-biodegradable waste. Just imagine, if everyone made the change, what a difference it would make!

First period

When puberty begins, your brain signals your body to produce hormones. Some of these hormones prepare your body each month for a possible pregnancy. This is called the menstrual cycle. Hormones cause the lining of the uterus to become thicker with extra blood and tissue. One of your ovaries then releases an egg. This is called ovulation. The egg moves down one of the two fallopian tubes toward the uterus. If the egg is not fertilised with a man’s sperm, pregnancy does not occur. The lining of the uterus breaks down and flows out of the body through your vagina. The release of blood and tissue from the lining of your uterus is your menstrual period (also called “your period”).

Most girls start their periods between the ages of 11 years and 13 years, but some start earlier or later.

When you first start having your period, it may last only a few days. Your first few periods may be very light. You may only see a few spots of reddish brown blood. Anywhere from 2 to 7 days is normal.

A menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of bleeding in one month to the first day of bleeding in the next month. The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days, but cycles that are 21–45 days are also normal. It may take 6 years or more after your period starts for your cycle to become regular.

If you track your period every month, you may notice a pattern. It may become easier to tell when you will get your next period. Check online or on your smart phone for apps that can help you track your period. An amazing app for Apple products (like iPads and iPhones) is called My Calendar - Period tracker by SimpleInnovation. Tracking your period means you’ll have your blushproof panties ready so that you don’t get caught by surprise!

Some people have a cramping pain in the lower abdomen or back or breast tenderness just before and during their periods. Others get headaches or feel dizzy. Some get nauseous or have diarrhoea. Every person is different.

If you are bleeding so much that you need to change your blushproof panties every 1–2 hours or if your period lasts for more than 7 days, you should see your doctor. See your doctor right away if you are light-headed, dizzy, or have a racing pulse.

You should tell your doctor if your periods are usually regular but then become irregular for several months. You also should see your doctor if your period comes more often than every 21 days or less often than every 45 days.