Ultimate Guide to the best plus size period pants UK

11 October 2021  |  Admin

If you're plus-size and thinking of making the switch to reusable period pants, then you've come to the right place. At Team Cheeky we've been delivering 'Simple Reusables' to our fantastic customers over the last 13 years so have got heaps of experience, which is recognised by our customers.

Our reusable period products were all designed and tested by the team in the UK and have been best-sellers since we launched way back in 2014!

We pride ourselves on our sustainable development and have a small female-led management team, so we completely get that periods can be a pain in the bum. Literally. That's why our range of moisture wicking period pants goes to size 22 to 24 as standard across most of our range, suitable for all menstrual cycles, even heavy flow!

In addition, unlike other big brands, most of our period pants have layers of protection and absorbency right the way from the front to the rear waistband. 

Here's our ultimate guide on why Cheeky Pants are the best plus size period pants in the UK:

'I ordered the cheeky period pants and oh my god, I wish I had done it sooner. I’m allergic to standard pads, I can’t stand tampons and I find that reusable pads end up slipping far more often than I liked.

So the pants! Tight enough that I don’t fear leaking, the absorbent lining doesn’t irritate(apart from the seams I forgot they were period pants)....

Highly recommend if standard pads and tampons etc make you shy away from menstrual products I’m a size 22 but the 22/24 fit me just fine' Sarah via Trustpilot


Plus-size period pants - shorts

Period shorts to help you sleep better

Our plus size period pants range includes the cosy bamboo period shorts (above) which are just brilliant for a good nights sleep even when you're on as they have absorbency to the front and rear waistband as standard. 

Lots of customers have told us that switching to period pants have really helped them sleep better as they're not worried about waking up in a puddle of blood.

'The most comfortable period pants I own! These are just so soft and fit so well… I’m a 14 -16 and went for the 12-14 as was advised to go smaller - they are perfect. I use them overnight and because they have front to back protection - I’ve had no leaks. Been through the wash a few times now and they have washed really well. Very impressed.' Claire, Trustpilot Product Review

Cheeky Period Shorts - available in plus-sizes up to size 22 and size 24

Shapewear period pants in sizes 22 and 24

If you like period pants with a bit of control top to them to give you a sleek shape under fitted dresses, then look no further than our fantastic shapewear period pants which are also amazing as postpartum and maternity pants. 

We like to think that they give that Marilyn Monroe style shape, giving you confidence even when you've got your menstrual period. We absolutely LOVE how they look.

'I wanted BIG pants to cover me fully in the heavy days. They do this and I felt secure just wearing the pants for my last period.' Dany, Product review via Trustpilot

Period Pants in size 22 and 24 - fantastic shapewear

Affordable plus-size period pants

But if it's more everyday affordable plus size period pants you're looking for, you can't go wrong with our Sassy Pants which aren't just available in functional yet dull black. They're also available in gorgeous teal or berry colours, again to size 22 to 24. At the time of writing (January 2023) they're also a bargain at just £7.49 per pair!

'I've used a cup for over 15 years but decided to give period pants a try instead for several reasons. It was something that I had originally through very off-putting, and did a lot of searching before deciding to give them a try. I loved the colours and design of these, and rather than just buying a couple to try I bought a full set to cover that time of the month and just went for it - no backup! No mess, no leaks. They washed brilliantly. Very happy with the switch! ' Product Review via Trustpilot


Sassy berry coloured plus size period pants - available in sizes 22 and 24

Our lovely 'Feeling Pretty' lace topped period pants which also come in berry and teal are also available in sizes 22 and 24.

Pretty Lace-topped period pants - available in sizes 22 & 24

Our range of plus size period pants also includes our Sporty, cotton period pants which are perfect for teens and tweens and in sizes 22 to 24.

Plus size period pants for heavy periods

If you suffer with heavy menstrual bleeding, we completely understand how debilitating it can be for that week of the month. How you need to feel confident that you won't leak and just be able to go about your day, without the embarrassment of chafing from uncomfortable disposable pads or having to change tampons every hour.

That's why we've got five heavy flow plus size period pants which have got an extra layer of absorbency to make sure that your period pants are anti-leak and will hold up to 6 tampons worth of menstrual flow. Firstly there's the extra absorbency version of our cotton 'sporty' style as mentioned above.  

'My friend recommended these knickers to me because I was struggling to sleep for worrying when on my period. Having used these once, I can honestly say I had the best nights sleep while wearing them. No leakage at all!' Product Review via Trustpilot

But we've also got an extra absorbent version of our best-selling high-waisted 'Comfy' period pants, called Fearless:

Fearless Period Pants in sizes 22 to 24 for heavy periods

In addition, our boybrief style period pants are available up to size 22.

How to wash period pants

Remember all period pants should be washed in cold water, maximum 30c as blood is a protein stain which means it 'sets' when heat is applied to it. For more details check out how to wash period pants article.

Risk-Free Money Back Trial

We appreciate that making the switch to period pants or reusable sanitary pads might seem like a leap of faith. That's why we're willing to put our money where our mouth is with our 90 day trial - LOVE them or your money back!

Try our questionnaire for tailored advice

Not sure where to start? Try our quick quiz to give you an idea of what you need, or if you can wait for a response, fill out our period protection questionnaire and one of our team will get back to you within a couple of days with a completely tailored recommendation. Alternatively, please do drop us an email, or use the chat function available on the site from Monday to Friday. The team love to chat pee, poo and periods and consider themselves the queens of over sharing so don't be embarrassed!

About the author: Helen Rankin is a Mum of 4, who founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. She went on to develop their range of 'Simple Reusables' to include period pants and reusable sanitary pads. Her customer services team pride themselves on providing relatable friendly advice and just LOVE to chat pee, poo and periods all day long! The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.  


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