What I Think About THINX Panties
By Helen Nguyen
Ladies, we all have those go-to pairs of underwear that we wear just for that time of the month. The ones that aren’t necessarily cute, but they are practical, not low cut or form fitting, but roomy and comfortable, because I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty bloated during those days and I just don’t care who is looking at me. The underwear that I usually wear for these “special” days have been loved and used for years. You know what I mean; they got stains, holes, discoloration in random spots, and when worn, can be pulled past your belly button and aren’t even remotely sexy. But like a good old pair of jeans, they work.
This got me wondering, what if there was a product out there could be worn like your favorite underwear BUT with a built-in pad like system? You would think by now we would have options that are comfortable and don’t have us constantly going up to other girls and saying “hey, can you check my pants?”. Periods are bad enough as they are, why hasn’t anyone come up with a solution for a problem that’s existed since the beginning of time?
And just like that, because the internet knows everything that I need (being sarcastic here, because its super creepy) I ran across an ad on Facebook for the revolutionary THINX panties. And I immediately got excited. I clicked over to their website with no hesitation to see what these period panties are all about.
Venturing into UnTHINXable Territory
The website uses the typical female-centric, millennial, “everyone love your body” marketing style, making it even more attractive to consumers. You will find catchy slogans like: “let’s period better – together”. You will see pictures of female models of all shapes, colors, and sizes, as well as women that have the talent of contortion (this is to show the underwear being worn in weird positions yet still working). When you click on the “how it works” page, you get a description that pretty much sums up what you’ll get:
“Wear THINX as a replacement or back-up to traditional period products. Depending on your flow… our period-proof undies can replace pads, liners, and tampons, or be worn with tampons and cups for extra protection. Like regular underwear, but so much better.”
I was sold. You mean it could replace my pad or tampon?! What is this sorcery? I dug deeper (by this I meant I watched the video) and found that they created an underwear that has 4 different layers. Each layer acts like a ninja to protect you from leaking, releasing odors, all while providing breathability and the ability to hold up to two tampons worth of flow. Mind blown. It sounded too good to be true, until the price pops up - prices range from $24 - $34, which is pretty hefy for a pair of underwear. I justified forking out the money to feed my addiction of comfortable, leak-free sleep.
I couldn’t wait to open the box to see my new life-saving underwear. They felt like swimsuit bottoms with a mesh-like material and there was definitely a much thicker layer in the crotch area. When I tried them on, I found that the leg openings were a bit tight and the back part felt a little bit like a pad. But overall, pretty darn comfortable. I put them away awaiting the next time mother nature paid me a visit.
The THINX Experience
Fast forward, when the day came, I excitedly (well as excitedly as one can muster when your uterus is raging havoc on your body) put on my new period underwear. I was pretty nervous so I decided to only wear them to sleep first on my second day, to test them out on my heaviest flow day. Here are the pros and cons:
- Pretty comfortable when worn under pjs
- Does what it says with the blocking of odors
- The thick layers make up a large part of the underwear which made it possible for you to sleep on your back without fear.
- The mesh waist lining didn’t make me feel secure, and after several washes, it became loose.
- I DID have to wake up in the middle night because I could feel it about to leak. I was really hoping this would work out, but nope, my flow is heavy and I guess nothing is going to stop it. By the time I woke up and waddled to the bathroom, the underwear was soaked. It was like wearing a giant diaper. I took it and off, half asleep and angry state, accidently dropped in on my bathroom rug and stained it with my period.
- I then had to throw it in my sink to wash it out before putting it in the washer. I totally forgot that these undies had to be rinsed, handled delicately, and then washed again in the machine. I felt that the whole process was unsanitary, time consuming, and lead me to conclude that in order for me to wear these during the day, I would have to buy several pairs, carry them around just in case I needed to change out the used one. And in that case, where would I put the used one? In my purse?! GROSS.
Overall, I am not a fan. I felt cheated. THINX promised me free-bleed underwear that would meet my flow needs and they didn’t deliver. Overpriced and under-performing, it just has me going back to pads and tampons. Why mess with a girl’s hopes and dreams for an underwear she could wear on her most difficult days, THINX? Haven’t we suffered enough? I do appreciate the effort and look forward to one day solving the issues we ladies all face. Here’s looking forward to menopause and all the issues that will come with that stage in my life. But for now, I’ll have to depend on my good ol’ period underwear. I guess there’s nothing quite like those trusty granny panties. They may not be glamorous, but they’re definitely always going to have my back(side).