(These Thinx aren’t my fave. I’m not a fan of buttcheekhangout.)
I’ve been free bleeding.
Confession: I cannot stop singing about this fact to the tune of Tom Petty’s ditty.
I also think here’s where I’m supposed to offer a disclaimer about how, if you’re male, you might want to skip this post.
The thing is I don’t really feel that way.
I believe the world might run more smoothly if we all knew a bit more about each other and how it all works.
Whatever the it is you need to learn more about.
But I digress.
Free Falling Free bleeding.
In 2014, I began to hear friends talk about period panties.
Initially I assumed they meant underpants worn only during that time of the month due to the fact the pairs were old and it didn’t matter if they became irrevocably stained.
I thought they employed the phrase period panties as euphemism for no longer pretty panties.
I was wrong.
I was entering a world I wasn’t aware existed and, initially, wasn’t sure I wanted to know about.
I was a diehard tampon user.
I’d tried the DivaCup and it wasn’t for me (period panties fanatics insist it’s not a great option because it keeps toxic menstrual blood inside a woman, but that wasn’t my reason).
I’d used pads back in the day and they felt bulky and limiting.
I was committed to my tampons, but even though all pediatricians I’d chatted with assured me (with frequent changing) they’d be fine for my Girl to use during swim team or gymnastics I wasn’t convinced.
I thought about how once she wore tampons for those activities she’d never want to return to pads.
I longed for options and period panties arrived in my world right as I’d begun my search.
I love my Hi Waist style.
I was skeptical they’d work as touted (no leaks! all day protection in 1 panty!).
I tried them (I’m Period George Plimpton).
To the shock of myself and my People: I became a convert.
#1. Do they feel icky in the Texas heat?
Here’s the thing: Thinx are not internal like a tampon and I haven’t worn pad in years–wearing them was different but not definitely “icky” or damp.
According to Thinx there are 4 super-thin micro-layers which work to absorb the blood. This technology makes the panties (I’m not a fan of that word for some reason) leak-resistant, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial.
Essentially the panty’s (see above) very top layer swiftly wicks liquid into an absorption pad layer underneath.
The result is I never felt icky or wet–even in the Austin heat.
#2. Does one pair really last all day?
Even a heavy flow day? is typically a follow up to this one.
The Thinx did last all day without leaking, but my first go ’round I was fearful and I used tampons/Thinx-as-back-up on my second (heaviest) day.
In addition, at least I found I needed to help my Thinx along at times. I guess (?) I could have let any clots etc sitting on the surface of the panty (see above and above)—but I didn’t. When I used the restroom I wiped off with toilet paper and flushed.
I own enough hip huggers for my entire cycle. I did buy a pair of the boy shorts and only use those on the laaaaaaast day. Love the look of the boy shorts. Don’t trust ’em entirely.
The best pair I own is the hip hugger. They are technically for heaviest flow days, but Ive discovered I tend to wash and wear and wash and wear them regardless of flow.
#3. Speaking of which–what is washing them like?
I’m a mom. Ive cleaned up after an 160 pound dog. Whether or not Thinx would be “gross to wash” didn’t even occur to me prior to purchasing!
The brand suggests you rinse in sink and then wash with laundry/hand dry. I chose to hand wash/hang. Surprisingly (now that people keep asking and I’ve thought a lot about it) blood doesn’t come rushing out/fill the sink. The water turns a bit darker, I rinse, I repeat, I hang.
#4. So wait, they aren’t like wearing a diaper?!
Here’s the embarrassing thing (actually I think we kinda talked about this before) Thinx are probably more sexy than my usual underwear!
I tend toward plain old cotton thongs (TMI, but so is this entire post). As a result, the first time I yanked a pair from the package I didn’t think diaper I thought Wait what?? Will these pretty, sexy things work?!
What’s the verdict?
I love them.
I love them for sleeping. I love them as back up on heaaaaavy flow days. I love them solo on light days.
I love the fact I can get a pair for my Girl and know there’s only the tiniest of chances she will experience what we all have:
That moment where we’re sitting somewhere in public and think: SH*T, I HAVE STAINED MY PANTS.
If nothing else Thinx eliminates this without being bulky like a pad.
Even I cannot believe I’m
saying typing this, but I’m officially a loud & proud period panty loving free bleeder.
- Have you tried Thinx or another brand of period panty?
- If you’re a New Yorker have you see the enormous Thinx ads in the subway? What are your thoughts?
Disclosure: I reached out to the Thinx eons ago and inquired about partnership. They immediately responded/repitched me on their pee-proof underwear.