Growing up in the 1980’s, menstruation was a taboo subject. Nobody talked about their period. There wasn’t much in the way of information aside from badly written pamphlets from the tampon/pad companies. Having your period was shrouded in secrecy and for many young girls, shame and embarrassment. There weren’t many options for menstruating women… remember the ridiculous pads with the belt system?
I’m happy to say that times have changed. Tons of options exist for menstruating women and the stigma around periods is disappearing.
I have always tried to be blatantly open and honest about anything related to physiology and sexuality. I want my children to have all the facts and never be afraid to ask questions. I want them to be confident and comfortable in their own skin. My daughter approaches her period with an openness and matter-of-factness that makes me proud. Rather than having a whispered conversation about the options that exist for menstruating women, we can talk openly about tampons, pads, the cup, and now period panties.
Thinx are underwear that are designed to be worn during your period. There is a super absorbant, moisture wicking, anti-microbial lining in the crotch. Depending on the style you choose, the liner will absorb the liquid equivalent of up to 2 tampons worth of blood. You can wear them instead of, or as backup to tampons or the menstrual cup.
Thinx come in variety of styles: thong, hiphugger, sport, boyshort, highwaist and cheeky. Although Thinx are relatively pricey, you wash and reuse them so in the long run, they are fairly cost efficient and environmentally friendly. The average woman will spend thousands of dollars on disposable menstrual products in her lifetime.
Both my daughter and myself have been trying out different styles of Thinx over the last couple of months and our verdict is: We both love them!!! We have had a great experience test driving these period underwear and would highly recommend them. We have tried them on heavy days and light days and have had zero problems with leaks.
They are incredibly comfortable; barely thicker than regular underwear. Between the two of us we have tried: hiphugger, boyshort, sport, and cheeky. Thinx are true to size. If you choose your measurements from the sizing chart, you will have a pretty great fit.
These period panties are fairly user friendly. Wear em. Rinse em. Wash em (cold water in the machine is ok – no fabric softener). Air dry em. Thinx are pretty damn awesome. Depending on how heavy your flow is, you may need a backup pair to get you through a heavier day? They are a great backup option for tampons or the cup and a great safety net on those days where you think your period is coming, but you’re not entirely sure. I think these are a great product for young women who are just beginning their periods, and unsure about using tampons/the cup.
We will definitely be purchasing more Thinx and building ourselves a cycle set.