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I’m a big believer in talking about all the things that affect us as women. I believe so-called unmentionables, women’s unmentionables, should be not only mentioned, they should be talked about loudly and often.
Why? Because women get periods. It’s a fact. It’s also a fact that our pelvic floors don’t always do the job they were designed to do. And we might also experience discharge. Fact.
There is a substantial section of each supermarket dedicated to disposable products created to deal with each of those three female facts. But what if there was an alternative? A fashionable and sustainable alternative that helped women skip that supermarket aisle altogether, or at the very least, buy fewer items from that aisle?
That was just the thought that Modibodi creator Kristy Chong had when she experienced light bladder leakage following the birth of her second child. She thought, what if there was an underwear range that could absorb any leakage and draw it away without the need for a pad.
Lucky for us, not only did she just not think about it, she acted on those thoughts and Modibodi began about this time four years ago.
The product continues to be refined and improved. And the range continues to grow, and even includes period-and-leak-proof swimwear, perfect for the Aussie summer.
Modibodi Swim One Piece (I’m in size 16)
In this post, I’m going to share some of my favourite Modibodi pieces, how they work, as well as some personal “unmentionable” stories, in the hope that if we all start mentioning our “lady leak” stories more often, it will normalise what is common in a women’s life.
The unmentionable mentioned
I may be 50 but my periods still come thick and fast every month. Like really thick and really fast. On Day 2, there isn’t a tampon out there that will keep me dry. I need reinforcement and insurance because all it takes is going from standing to sitting for there to be an almighty gush. According to my GP, this fast and furious flow situation is normal. As we get older, apparently our uterus sheds at a faster rate. Thanks uterus.
Pre-Modibodi, I’d pad the problem, particularly on that day and overnight on Day 1 and Day 2. To be frank, wearing a pad is not comfortable. Wearing a light-moderate or heavy absorbency pair of Modibodi pants in black has been a superior option. I’ve saved money and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a pad. Comfort levels are high and they work a treat.
My other unmentionable? Bladder leakage.
This one came as a bit of a surprise to me as I thought I had it under control through some pretty consistent kegel work. But then, I started to learn to run, didn’t I? It was like I was back to square one.
There I was, shuffling along on my first run training session. About half-way in, I went up a very slight incline and low and behold, a sneaky wee came out. Wowzers, way to make a girl feel out of control.
The leakage situation has improved as my running has improved but I don’t risk it any longer. I wear the active brief light-moderate absorbency. They feel really comfortable on, sit well under my tights or shorts and I just relax a bit more, knowing that if the unmentionable that I’ve just mentioned happens, I’ll be dry.
Modibodi Active Brief (I’m in size 14)
How it works
There are two types of technology behind the Modibodi range.
The first is Modifier technology, which features a super-slim, 3mm-thick liner in the gusset of the pants. The three layers in the liner work together to keep you dry. The top layer wicks away the moisture, fights bacteria and stops smells; the middle layer safely absorbs fluid (2.5-15mls) and locks it away; the bottom layer is extra waterproof protection.
The second is Modifier Air technology. The underwear in this collection feature the moisture-wicking layer, which combined with moisture-wicking fabrics, keeps you feeling fresh and sweat-free all day.
Deciding which Modibodi underwear is right for you comes down to what absorbency you require.
If you’re simply looking for breathability, then the Modifier Air technology brief are for you. If you’re looking for full support in a period or bladder leakage situations, then go for light-moderate or heavy absorbency. For period backup to a tampon, then super light or light-moderate absorbency will work for you.
Whatever the absorbency, the brilliant thing is how they feel when they’re on. It doesn’t feel like there is a massive, thick pad between your legs. You know the ones? The ones you need in hospital after giving birth? The ones that feel like there’s a mattress between your legs? URRGHH.
They don’t even feel like a regular, ultra-thin pad. They feel like a panty liner but more comfortable because the liner is built into the underwear.
All Modibodi underwear is made from either bamboo, sports merino or microfibre fabrics – these antimicrobobial fibres offer a soft, comfortable fit as well as breathability.
Modibodi Classic brief (I’m in size 14)
You can shop either by collection or by protection, with underwear suitable for wearing under any outfit. Choose from seam-free, classic, lace and activewear styles. I love that practical and useful does not have to mean boring.
Black is the most predominant colour and what you’d be looking for in a period-proof underpant but a nude and other fashion colours (new colours have just been released) make up the rest of the collection for non-period days.
Sizing ranges from pre-teens through to women’s size 8-26 in some styles. Sizing is true to size.
You can buy singly but I love the option of buying in a bundle pack – a great way to get started on the Modibodi train.
There are maternity options and even packs for teen girls. I wish I’d had access to something like this as a teenager. Or had been able to pass on to my own daughter.
Modibodi sensual brief (I’m in size 14)
Modibodi has 2 x $125 prize pack to give away.
To enter, head on over to the Modibodi Facebook page. Look for the link to this blog post on the Modibodi page. Comment on your favourite style for a chance to win.
Entries for Australia only. Ends Friday, November 17.
So, tell me, have you tried Modibodi underwear? Have you got an “unmentionable” story that really should be mentioned to make a sister feel “normal”? Share in the comments below.
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