The phrase “period-proof swimwear” probably seems like an oxymoron, especially for individuals who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or adenomyosis (among other conditions)—but period-friendly separates are becoming quite popular in the fashion industry, and honestly, it’s about time.
How many times have we let Flow ruin our summer vacation, swim meet, or water aerobics class? Having a period shouldn’t stop us from living our lives. Plus, period-proof anything offers us a way to stay confident, clean, and green.
What is period-proof swimwear?
Period-friendly swimwear looks very similar to “normal” swimwear, except the bottom-half contains a hidden (layered) lining designed to combat leakage and offer stain-free comfort. While most period-friendly swimwear is meant to be worn alone, some individuals wear a menstrual cup (i.e. LaliCup, The Hello Cup, or Lily Cup, just to name a few) or tampon, too. You know, just in case.
Period-Proof Apparel Brands Worth Looking Into
Finding high-quality period-friendly swimwear is kind of like an internet scavenger hunt. So, to save you time (and help you choose the best swimwear for your body and individual flow), we’ve rounded up three brands that have racked up quite a few five-star reviews.
Modibodi (pronounced “mah-dee bah-dee”) is an Australian-founded brand of period- and incontinence-proof swimwear, underwear, and activewear. Thanks to the brand’s patented Modifier Technology—which can hold up to 20ml or up to four tampons worth—these pieces are perfect for literally any situation, including discharge, runaway bladders, and leaky life-giving breasts.
Ruby Love isn’t just a swimwear brand, it’s a revolutionary period apparel company on a mission to normalize menstruation and empower girls from a young age. In addition to selling several period-proof swimwear options, founder Crystal Etienne created a “First Period Kit” that includes everything from period-proof underwear to a warming gel pad for cramps.
Thinx is a US-based period-proof underwear brand, so no swimwear yet. But the brand offers an active line that includes a black leotard (for lighter days) and black sleep and training shorts (for heavier days). So, if you’re a lounger, rather than a swimmer, Thinkx might be the perfect period-proof apparel brand for you.