Hey there! As someone who is passionate about fitness and feminine health, I understand the importance of workout gear that performs well, especially when it comes to managing sweat during intense workouts. Recently, I decided to workout on my period to compare two popular workout shorts - Oya's Happy V Shorts and a leading Amazon booty short - to see which one performs better in terms of moisture management. 

In this blog, I'll share my firsthand experience with both shorts, covering key factors of comparison, including moisture management, fabric quality, compression, price, and ethical considerations. So, if you're looking for sweat-resistant workout shorts, read on to find out which one comes out on top!

As a fitness enthusiast, I'm always on the lookout for high-performing workout gear that can handle intense workouts, especially when it comes to managing sweat and period leaks. That's why I'm excited to share my experience with Oya's Happy V Shorts - premium workout shorts designed specifically for women. Conversely, Amazon has become a popular choice for workout gear, including booty shorts, because they offer affordable and convenient options. So, as someone who values sweat resistance and performance in workout shorts, I decided to put the leading Amazon booty shorts to the test.

Key Factors of Comparison

  1. Moisture Management: Sweat resistance is crucial for comfortable workout gear, and I tested how well each short handled sweat and moisture during my workouts.
  • Oya Shorts: The body fabric of Oya shorts wicked sweat evenly across the shorts, leaving no visible sweat stains. The moisture-wicking properties kept me dry and comfortable during my workouts, even during hot yoga classes. The insert also effectively absorbed my period flow without any leaks, helping me feel fresh and confident.
  • Amazon Shorts: The fabric of the leading Amazon shorts did not manage moisture as effectively, resulting in visible sweat stains on both the front and back of the shorts. I felt less comfortable and confident during my workouts as the sweat lingered on the fabric.
  1. Fabric Quality: The quality of the fabric can greatly impact comfort and performance during a workout.
  • Oya Shorts: The fabric of Oya shorts is of high quality, thicker, and more compressive fabric, which provides a comfortable and supportive fit. The fabric is also hypoallergenic, making it better suited for sensitive skin and comfort.
  • Amazon Shorts: The fabric of the leading Amazon shorts is softer and thinner, which may be preferred by some for its lightweight feel. However, the fabric did not retain its shape well and tended to bunch up during my workouts, affecting both comfort and performance.
  1. Compression: Compression is important for many people in workout gear, as it can provide support and stability during physical activity.
  • Oya Shorts: The Oya shorts offered a higher level of compression due to their thicker fabric, providing excellent support and stability during my workouts. The compression also helps with muscle recovery and reduces muscle soreness after intense workouts.
  • Amazon Shorts: The leading Amazon shorts did not offer the same level of compression as the Oya shorts, which may not be suitable for those who prefer a more compressive fit.

The Verdict 

After careful evaluation, I would give Oya better points on moisture management, sweat reduction, and compression. I would give the leading Amazon shorts better points on a higher waistband, as well as fabric softness and thinness. So, if your goal is to wear leggings while actively working out, Oya is the way to go. 


The last thing that I want to mention is price. Oya shorts retail at about $65 per short because our fabrics are custom made in LA—cut and sewn at a Downtown LA factory. The leading Amazon short came in a pack of three for $16.99. An unheard-of price for the quality — because these are essentially slave labor costs.  


I am aware that a $65 workout short can be cost-prohibitive for some, but investing in apparel that fights feminine health issues greatly decreases the cost that you spend on feminine health issues like the average case of bacterial vaginosis, which takes $100 on average and 3 months to get rid of. When we place this in comparison to the Amazon product—which is most likely sewn by women and children, in a factory overseas, who do not get paid a living wage for their labor so that customers can get cheaply-made shorts in a variety of colors—consumers can trust that they are making an ethical investment with Oya. Fast fashion is not good for our environment and it's not good for your vagina. 

April 17, 2023 — Tanisha Indrayan

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