Latest obsession: Thinx period panties
"If women ran the world we would not have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days." - Robin Williams
I am going to start this post with a warning: I will be talking about menstruation. I will be talking about bleeding, period products, and my review of Thinx. If you are offended by any of that or pictures of me in my underwear, I would stop reading now. I will take no offense if you skip this post.
This post is for my lady friends! Has anyone else felt super frustrated by their periods and the lack of products for this monthly annoyance? Since period products first started to be distributed in the 1850's until now, I feel like there has been little advancement. (Read more on the history) I mean, there are tons of ways to fix erectile dysfunction by now, so why do we have such few options for dealing with our damn menstrual cycle?
For most of my life, I only knew about tampons and pads. Do you remember the first time using a tampon? I had the instructions and I think I stared at it for about 20 minutes before I took the courage to put the damn thing in. I was probably in junior high.
In college, I learned about period cups. My mind was blown! As a self-proclaimed hippie, I was super impressed by the idea of this reusable product that would reduce the chance of infection and cramps. I wasn't brave enough to use it until years later though.
I felt like I was going through the entire tampon experience again. I watched youtube videos for hours trying to figure out how to insert the damn thing and it took me a few tries to get it in properly. I was super excited about it, but every month I was anxious about inserting the period cup.
When you don't insert a period cup correctly, it hurts! Plus, when you have nails, it is pretty impossible to not scratch your insides in the process. I have a super sensitive vag, so any minor bump could cause an obnoxious infection. I liked the alternative, but I was still looking for something different.
I was very intrigued when I saw the Facebook ads for this company called Thinx. I first saw an interview with the owners, talking about their hunt for the right materials, their charity work, and how cool the products were. However, it took my very honest friend posting her review to really convince me.
I was super psyched. I ordered three pairs and waited patiently for them to arrive. When they did, I waited patiently for my period to come. It took forever for it to arrive (I had gone off BC that month). I was laughing at myself for how excited I was for my menstruation!
I bought three different styles and love them all! I took some pics in each one so you can see how they look on a non-model body. They're all great looking!
Hiphugger: Heaviest Days. Holds 2 tampons of blood
These things are incredible! I've been wearing them for a couple periods now and they're my favorite to sleep in. They're incredibly comfortable and I don't ever feel wet when I have them on.
On accident, I fell asleep in them after wearing them all day. On their website, Thinx suggests using these for twelve hours, but I was in them for twenty four hours. On my heaviest day. In my sister's pajama pants. ZERO LEAKS! Plus, they hardly felt wet in the morning. So much praise for these things!
I will say that I have to be very selective about what clothes I wear with these though, because they do have a strong underwear line underneath pants.
Sport: Medium days. Holds 1 tampon of blood
I don't love these as much, tbh. I think I would enjoy them more if I bought a size bigger. They're just a little tighter than I would like and not as comfortable because of it.
They still work great though! When I first wore them, I wanted to test them out and put on pink yoga pants with them. (Pssstt... I only wore this at home because the undie line is real) I wore them all day and spent a lot of time sitting in funky positions and yoga poses. At the end of the day, there was a small amount of blood on my pants, but it was more like the blood had rubbed on to the edges of the panties from the way I was sitting all day.
They definitely work, but I would be careful about wearing them to yoga class.
Thong: Lightest days. Holds 1/2 a tampon of blood
I love the thong! When you wear yoga pants as often as I do, you need these in your arsenal. They are definitely for the lightest days, but they work well.
I wore them once on day two of my period, which is usually one of my heaviest day, because I was super set on wearing this dress that needed a nude thong underneath. I had no problems at all!
Btw, when you get nude thongs, the inside is still black so you do not need to worry about the thong staining on the outside:
I am actually eager to buy more. Most of the panties come in nude or black and would love to have some nude boyshorts. I think it would be easier to have about 4-5 pairs while on my period so I am not rushing to wash them every day,
Speaking of washing, they are super easy to wash! Simply rinse them out with cold water, wring them out, and throw them in your pamper to wash with them rest of your dark clothes. Wash on cold and hang dry. Crazy easy!
One time, I was staying at a friends house and there was a party going on, so I wasn't exactly comfortable to be washing the panties in the sink. So, I just threw them in a plastic bag and put them back in my duffle. I didn't get to rinse them until the next day, but I didn't notice any problems from doing that.
There are only a few cons I have had with wearing them. Firstly, they definitely have a noticeable panty line under clothing, so I have to be more selective about the clothes I wear. They also make a tiny bit of noise and I was not expecting that. I think the sound is starting to go away each time I wash them though. Lastly, you need to have a plan for what to do if you need to change them out someplace when you can't wash them right away or they have to be stored in your bag wet.
Overall, I am a super happy customer! I still have a few organic pads and tampons in my bag for days just in case or for swimming purposes, but my Thinx panties will definitely continue traveling with me around the world!
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