PERIODS can cost women thousands of pounds over a lifetime.

Spending almost £5 on towels or tampons each month adds up to £60 a year alone.

By ditching the throwaway sanitary products and investing in period underwear, big savings can be made . . . 

MAKE THE SWITCH: Like a towel, period pants absorb flow through a built-in absorbent layer. But instead of binning them, wash the underwear and it’s ready to use again.

As with normal underwear, there are a range of colours and styles.

Primark currently sells a three-pack of period pants for £13, working out as £4.33 each.


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Even if you spend a conservative £2 a month on towels or tampons, the underwear would pay off within seven months.

AXE THAT TAX: The Government abolished VAT on sanitary items such as tampons and towels in 2021. But period underwear counts as garments so women pay VAT at a rate of 20 per cent on the items.

A petition to get the tax removed is backed by Marks & Spencer and period underwear brand Wuka. You can sign at

Some retailers have cut prices on period underwear by 20 per cent, in effect taking on the tax for customers.

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For example, M&S is offering 20 per cent off, taking a three-pack of knickers down from £20 to £16. And John Lewis has cut the price of selected period underwear brands, including Love Luna and Sloggi, by 20 per cent.

REAL DEALS: As with shopping for anything, it’s worth looking around for the best value and reading reviews before you buy.

Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all sell period underwear, helping you collect loyalty points when buying.

And until September 10, brand Modibodi is offering shoppers a free pair of leak-proof pants when they buy two. There is also £10 off every Modibodi order between September 11 and 20.

  • All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

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