Disclaimer: In order to facilitate my thoughts on Thinx, I was sent a free pair of Thinx for review.
I must admit, I never thought I would be sharing photos of my underpants. It’s really just not something a lady does. Sometimes though, there are exceptions and today is an exception. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Thinx, underwear specifically designed for menstruation.
Longtime readers will already know that I avoid tampons like the plague. Because tampons are considered “medical devices” the FDA does not require disclosure of ingredients. The mucous membranes around our lady parts are highly absorbent and all the questionable chemicals in tampons enter right into our bodies.
For this reason, I switched to a menstrual cup years ago and haven’t looked back. Since removing tampons from my body and cupboards, my periods have been so much better. My cup and a panty liner became my new routine.
Then I had my first baby. Postpartum bleeding is no joke and obviously, a cup wasn’t an option. However, traditional pads now made me break out in a horrible rash. No detail needed, just know that it wasn’t fun at all!
This led to me realizing most pads had a lot of questionable chemicals in them as well. So I made the switch to momma cloth for postpartum bleeding, light days, and backup for my cup.
Momma cloth, while soft and gentle to my lady parts, along with being natural, has it’s own challenges. The most notorious challenge is the way they slide to the back, failing to fully protect against leaks. After trying several brands and they all slid backward, I just accepted that’s how they are.
I settled for less than perfect because less than perfect is better than toxic chemicals being permitted to enter my body. I made less than perfect work.
Isn’t that what we women have been doing for ages, just dealing with our periods and trying to continue with life as usual?
Nearly a year ago, an ad popped into my Facebook timeline for Thinx. These underwear are boasted to hold 2 tampons worth of blood and are nearly as thin as regular underwear. Intriguing.
Like most new things, Thinx had to grow on me a little. But the more I saw them and the more I learned (I probably visited the site half a dozen times). the more I wanted to try a pair.
Now, I am thrilled to say I own a pair and have a few thoughts on Thinx that I wanted to share!!!
My Thoughts on Thinx
First of all, I realized that these are not full coverage. The Hip Hugger Thinx underwear do not cover my saggy rear and the fit, although nice, isn’t my preference. However, I love how soft and silky the fabric is and the waistband is great!
The arrival of my pair of Thinx was good timing. I washed them and ended up needing them the next day.
A menstrual cup will hold 3x the amount a tampon will and the Thinx Hip Huggers claim to hold 2 tampons worth. I did not insert my cup and relied fully on Thinx, I was a bit nervous but wanted to give it a good trial. Just to be on the safe side, I didn’t plan on leaving the house wearing them!
Thinx lived up to its promise!
The timing for needing to change was about right, and I am amazed at how these thin underwear really held up to a messy job.
Comfort: Aside from disliking the lack of full hiney coverage, I found these very comfortable. They fit me well and felt soft and elegant. Nothing like wearing “fancy pants” on your period! That’s a nice upgrade from “granny panties” right?
I currently own the Hip Huggers and plan to try the Boy Shorts next for fit. Since they have a 60-day guarantee, I’m not too concerned if they don’t fit right. The Hip Huggers were free to review, so I’m happy to stick with them.
Smell: I’ve always been really grossed out by the smell of used disposable pads. Momma cloth had a slight smell but thanks to the antibacterial layer in Thinx I didn’t notice a smell at all wearing them! So thumbs up for feeling/smelling fresh.
Wet: Aside from a few disposable pads marketed as “stay dry”, feeling wet with pads, especially after using the restroom is pretty much the norm. I didn’t notice it with Thinx until about 2 hours before I figured I would need to change them. This is due to a wicking layer of fabric that worked great for me!
Leaks: I didn’t really give them a chance to leak. Once 2/3 of my normal “cup” time had passed, I changed. They felt oddly heavy, but not squishy or diaper-like at all. I never felt like I was sitting in a pool of blood or anything weird at all.
Care: It’s recommended that you rinse right after use, cold wash, and air dry. This is a bit of a challenge for me since I’m not big on “babying” clothes. However, these are quite fantastic and worth the extra bit of work to keep them nice.
How will I use these? Going forward, I do not plan to replace my cup, I love it far too much to replace it. I will completely replace my momma cloth with Thinx though.
My goal is to purchase 5-7 pair of Thinx. One for each day/night I’m on my heavy period as a backup, and then the remaining day or two that is spotty I’ll use just Thinx.
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