I Tried THINX For the First Time ... And Here's What Happened
Once upon a time, back when I first started bleeding from the uterus, I would cringe whenever anyone would even utter the p-word. I distinctly recall my mom telling my hair stylist I'd started my period the summer before fifth grade and I cried real tears because I was so embarrassed.
But once I got to high school, an all-girls Catholic school, I had no shame tossing a tampon across the room. And I've been on a quest to break period taboo ever since.
So when I first heard about THINX, a company with a similar mission and eco-friendly period panties, my curiosity was piqued. But I didn't think their underwear was for me and my heavy periods.
But now that I'm officially fibroid free, I thought I'd give them a try. So when a rep for the company reached out and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a pair, I replied with an enthusiastic YES!
And lo and behold, their popular hip-hugger style in limited edition forest green arrived just in time for my period and in honor of Earth Day!
There are two ways you can wear THINX: 1) on its own or 2) as backup to tampons or a menstrual cup. Following THINX's handy #knowyourflowchart, I decided to try out THINX on its own the first day of my period, which is typically lighter. The hip-hugger style can hold up to two tampons' worth. Admittedly, I didn't entirely trust the technology, so I wore dark pants to work just in case.
It was a little weird at first to feel myself bleeding into my underwear, knowing there wasn't anything there to "catch" it, per se. I was definitely having flashbacks to middle school before I learned how to use tampons.
But when I went to the bathroom just to make sure everything was working properly, I was pleasantly surprised. No leaks. No stains. They survived a full workday, plus a spin class afterward. Oookay ... what kind of period magic is this?
THINX works by absorbing liquid into a thin layer beneath the underwear and keeps you dry (seriously, I thought it would feel like I'm sitting in my own blood and didn't)! THINX undies are anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent, and leak-resistant.
AND they're reusable, which makes them a great eco-friendly option. Simply rinse after use, wash cold and hang dry. The next day, I used THINX as backup as to tampons and it was MUCH better and more comfortable than the pantyliners or pads I'd used on heavy days. I loved the assurance that they're leakproof ... in fact, I felt so confident, I wore yellow pants on my heaviest day. Eek!
To be clear, this would have never happened a year ago. I've had more accidents and have ruined more items of clothing than I care to recall. And I don't even want to think how many tampons and pads I've used.
According to THINX, the average woman uses 17,000 tampons and pads in her lifetime. And I'm pretty sure my number is even higher (at the peak of my fibroid disaster, I was bleeding through ultra tampons every hour ... they're supposed to last for eight). The struggle was REAL.
Will I replace my tampons with THINX? No, but I will use them on light days and as a backup to my tampons for heavy days. And I'm even considering buying more to have enough options for my entire cycle.
I like that using THINX helps me reduce waste and they're "giving back to bleeders around the world." Because 100 million girls around the world are missing school because of their periods. And that is simply unacceptable.
Learn more here and check out THINX for yourself. Now go forth and bleed in peace.