The following Thinx period panties review was submitted by Caitlin O’Brien.
Periods can be a serious pain, especially on the road. Ever travel to a hot, sweaty place wearing pads? How about running out of tampons only to find there are none where you’re going? How about the insane cost of monthly supplies and the trash produced?!
I believe we’re leaving those days behind! All thanks to innovators producing reusable period products, such as reusable pads and menstrual cups.
For me, my menstrual cup of choice (the Diva Cup) stopped feeling super comfortable after I hit up Planned Parenthood for an IUD. The Mirena effectively solved the complicated (read: extremely volatile) relationship I have had with my period by stopping most of my periods. These days, I don’t bleed as much as I used to, but occasionally get the surprise uterine reminder.
So, what’s a gal to do? Period panties! Period panties are basically underwear that you can bleed into without feeling like you’re wearing a diaper.
Today, I want to tell you specifically what I love about my period panties from THINX.
>>Check out our ultimate guide to managing periods when you travel.
THINX Period Panties
THINX officially started back in 2014 and have shaped their company style around smashing period taboos. While they have drawn some negative attention for not being as feminist as their ideals, their product is undeniably useful.
According to their site, THINX underwear is “antimicrobial cotton, which includes an application of silver. All the other technology is between the cotton interior layer and the nylon/spandex exterior layer (Interior Innermost 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane; Middle breathable PUL, 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane; Outer 89% Nylon, 11% Elastane; Trim 100% Polyester).” Essentially, your blood is absorbed by the under-layer. This leaves you pretty darn dry.
I got my pair of cheeky underwear after recommendations from family members who loved their pairs. Using their $10-off code, I scooped me a pair of drawers for medium days. Typically, I go in for, um, classy granny panties and didn’t trust the cheek cut. However, the comfort won me over. They are a teeny bit thicker than your average underwear, but not noticeably. No problems wearing under skinny jeans or skirts alike. Going on roughly two years with my single pair of underwear and I am super happy that I made the $35 investment!
The Negative Side of THINX Period Underwear?
Actually, I really struggle to come up with a cons list for this product. Nothing in the world can prevent how good it feels to just throw on a pair of sexy underwear and head out for the day. No need to dump blood or change tampons! Just rinse them out at the end of the day and wear a new pair for the evening.
So, what is the negative side?!?
- I haven’t figured out how to really wash these bad boys. By hand? Cycle? I’ve done both. One rubbed off some color on the first go and the other makes them kinda crispy.
THINX site answer:
“We recommend that you rinse them by hand first, and then throw them in the cold wash with the rest of your delicates! DON’T use fabric softener as it prevents the antimicrobial and moisture-wicking treatments from working. Finally, hang dry. (Pro-tip: You should treat the rest of your lingerie like this, too!)”
- Moisture. These suckers are absorbent! You’ll probably still need tampons or Diva Cups for sporadically jumping into lakes. One of my best-worst decisions was spontaneously jumping into a Cambodian river…maybe wouldn’t have been great with absorbent underwear. Plus, I can vouch that getting sweaty isn’t the world’s greatest feeling… though it’s still a far sight better than pads.
- Needing more than one pair. I’d recommend getting 3 to wear, wash, dry, and repeat. That’s a bit pricey but I’m trying to convince myself it’s a good investment. Each pair runs between $20-40 before shipping. Ouch.
- Your comfort with blood. If you’re making THINX your travel underwear, think about whether or not you’re comfortable rinsing blood out in a communal sink. That might be a deterrent for some folks.
>>Read about the best eco-friendly travel products.
In spite of the cons listed, if you’re thinking of buying a pair of period panties for traveling, I would absolutely recommend it. These days, they’re the only menstruation product I use.
Every flow is different, so tune into your body before making a decision that is right for you. At this time, you can only purchase THINX period panties at their online store, but they do offer international shipping! Heeeeeey!
About the author: Caitlin O’Brien is a work in progress, continuously obsessing over communal life, anarchy, and what street food she’ll try next. Follow her on Instagram or check out the blog Back Again Cait for tales of dirt-cheap travel, visiting communes, and whatever else pops into her head.