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About a year ago I kept hearing these horror stories about women leaving their tampons in for way too long, only to need their leg amputated.Growing up, I never believed the toxic shock syndrome warnings on Tampon boxes. Tampons have been catching a bad rep for having some harmful toxins in them. One day I came across this Buzzfeed article where this chick tested out these period panties, Thinx. I remember being super skeptical, thinking “EW that is so weird.” Followed by “there’s no way that’ll work!”
My mind flashed back to a middle school nightmare my BFF had in math class where she got up to use the restroom and Aunt Flow had left a little gift on her chair in the front row, I clearly remember the boys next to me snickering, to this day my stomach churns with embarrassment for her. Needless to say after witnessing that experience, I have always been a little anxious anytime I was menstruating. Frequently taking trips to the bathroom to make sure everything was “okay.” Even asking my fiance to “check my butt” when we are hiking.
I read through the Buzzfeed article in disbelief and amazement. My interest had piqued. I headed over to the Thinx website, only to find an amazingly adorable site and totally great customer service policy: your first pair ships free (and returns are free!). They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so at that point it was a no-brainer, I had nothing to lose. Some of the pairs are a little pricey (ranging between $24-34), but not compared to other period panties on the market. Plus you re-use them… just think about all the dollars you’ve thrown away on pads and tampons in your life!
I ordered my first pair, The Cheeky, and eagerly waited. It took like a month or two (this was right after the Buzzfeed article came out in July 2015) for them to arrive off backorder.
Finally, they got here! I took them out of the package and they were thicker than I expected, which provided me with some comfort, “these babies are durable,” I thought.
Two weeks later my period came. That night I excitedly put them on to see how they held up… and I was SO impressed. In the morning, I felt so comfortable and secure. Quickly, I followed the care instructions: rinse in cold water, wash with like colors on the delicate cycle of your washing machine, and hang dry. I wanted them ready on day three of my period. “Impressed” with how clean I felt using these is an understatement. All my concerns, of feeling like I was sitting in a pool or that they would smell, totally disappeared.
After my visit from Aunt Flow ended I ordered another style, The Hip Hugger. I wanted two pairs I could wash and rotate throughout my cycle. These also took a little while to get here. These wear a little tight in the thigh hole for my liking so I wanted to utilize the “free exchange” policy for a larger size. Their customer service team got back to me really quick and told me to keep them and “gift them or just spread the word.” They shipped out a replacement pair. This SOLD me on them! I started telling EVERYBODY about how awesome the undies are and how awesome the entire company/brand is! A few of my friends bought a pair and fell totally in love too.
I remember washing them after my first period and thinking “How is this fabric really going to hold up for the long run?” Fast forward to after my third period where my fiance accidentally put them in the dryer, I totally freaked, “would the magic fabric still work??” I can happily report, as I write this, I have successfully used Thinx for more than 6 cycles, and they are still slaying.
I love the mission behind the company too… “Breaking the taboo surrounding menstruation”… I wish they were around for my BFF and I in middle school!
A wise woman once said: “Here ye, here ye! I’m bleeding!” Well here ye, here ye, indeed, folks because we’ve got some big news for you! Our mini doc is fresh, it’s funky, and it’s flyin onto your web browser (~link in bio~) today! Huge shout out to our friends @sophiabush @jackietohn @joybeezy and everyone else who helped with this incredible project; we couldn’t be more excited to finally share the work we’ve been bustin our lil humps over for the past few months. Love in #periodpower! We hope you learn something and enjoy! #perioddoc #sophiabush #joybryant #jackietohn #doclife #feminist #thinx #theweek #breakthetaboo @mikiagrawal
*If you click any of the above Thinx links, you’ll save $10 and I’ll get $10 towards my next pair! So thank you! Let me know your thoughts on them! I’ve been using these for well over 6 months now and can’t say this enough: