Today I'm going to review a product that is a revolution and a total "duh" moment all rolled into one. I'll give a disclaimer though: this post is about a product for people with periods, so if that's not a topic you'd like to read about, stop right here!
I came across the Thinx lingerie brand through this review and I knew it was something I wanted to try. I was beyond thrilled to hear about an option for dealing with my cycle that didn't make me feel like I was either corked like a bottle or wearing a diaper. In addition to the irritating aspects of wearing sanitary napkins that everyone deals with - like odor, frequent changes, and the general bleh-ness of having a soggy pad in your pants - I was constantly plagued with incessant itching as a result of sensitive skin. And as an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of person, tampons were a bit dangerous and stressful for me, and I still had to wear a panty liner in case of leaks (which were even worse for my skin than a pad).
So when I read about the concept of "period panties," my first response was, "Wow, why have I never heard of this before?!" It's underwear that looks and feels like normal underwear but serves the purpose of a sanitary napkin (and does a better job, in my opinion), and which requires no special cleaning treatments other than a rinse with water in order to be completely sustainable and reusable - you just throw them in the washer like regular panties.
Now, this all seemed fabulous, but I'm committed to buying from ethical brands for all my clothing - including underwear - so I really held my breath as I checked out the company's policies and mission.
What I found is that the founders of the company - Miki, Antonia, and Radha - saw a lingerie market that lacked any reasonable solutions for a leak-resistant underwear geared toward the everyday woman, so they decided to create it themselves. While on a trip to Africa, they met a young girl in broad daylight on a weekday. When they asked her why she wasn't in school, she told them it was her "week of shame." They found that about 100,000,000 girls in the developing world miss school one week out of every month, causing many to eventually drop out when they can't make up what they've missed.
As a response to this, they partnered with AFRIpads, an organization that teaches women how to make and sell affordable, reusable pads, turning women into entrepreneurs and providing a real solution for girls everywhere. With every pair of Thinx purchased, seven of these reusable pads are created by women, for women, in the places where they're needed most. As for Thinx panties themselves, they are made in Sri Lanka at "a family-run factory that has an outstanding commitment to providing supplementary education and training to its female employees, empowering them to become leaders in their communities." (source)
Impressed, I ordered a few pair to try them out. I'll never go back.
Thinx provides a simple, dignified, and effective solution for dealing with your period with the moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, leak-resistant layers in every pair of undies while still allowing air to flow through, keeping you feeling dry.
Since I tried them, I've read that many folks use them in conjunction with tampons as a backup. They definitely replace panty liners in that way, but I wore my nude colored Thinx alone during my heaviest days and saw absolutely NO LEAKAGE. I do have a somewhat lighter period on average, and the Thinx website recommends everyone use their discretion and singular knowledge of their own flow to determine what's best. Still, I'm sold. Not to mention, I felt the driest I've ever felt during my period, and there was no bunching, twisting, sticking, sweating, forgetting or worrying.
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