11 Awful Ideas STILL Better Than "Free-Bleeding" During Your Period

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There will be blood. Like, everywhere.

Periods suck. They just do. Aside from cramps, general mopiness, and appearing pregnant if you have one milligram of salt, you're bleeding.

And let's be real, it's a lot harder to get dressed or feel cute when there's blood falling out of your vagina.

Thankfully, there are things like tampons, pads, menstrual sponges and menstrual cups to collect that junk, so we can at least try to go about our daily lives with minimal likelihood of leaving our surroundings looking like the shower scene from Psycho.

Or, maybe not, because "free-bleeding" is now a thing. It's exactly what it sounds like: wearing special underwear and just letting Aunt Flo flow all over the place.

This "special underwear" supposedly lets you go without pads, tampons or anything else, which sounds liberating and great until, like this Cosmopolitan tester found out, they don't f*cking work.

Why? Because it doesn't soak anything up or prevent anything from falling out or spilling. Have fun explaining the spots on your subway seat or coke-fiend-levels of bathroom breaks.

Before you get your period panties in a bunch, I'm not saying anyone should be ashamed of menstruation. It's a natural part of life and a sign that your body is working the way it's supposed to, and that's great.

But you have to honestly ask yourself if you'd be comfortable with the risk of staining your pants and dealing with the paranoia of doing so for an entire week.

Seriously, it's an almost decent idea in theory, but until it shapes up in practice, don't do it. In fact, any and all of the following are better ideas than free-bleeding when you're on your period. That's how bad an idea free-bleeding is.

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