Period Panties – Two Gross Words, One Life Changing Product

OK so the title kinda says it all on this one. When shark week pops up/you’re surfing the crimson wave/Mr. T is in town – whatever you like to call it, it is an overarching taboo subject in our culture and the brand Thinx is trying to change that. Because, let’s face it ladies,  as much as we don’t like chatting about riding the cotton pony, it is a part of our daily (…monthly) existence and it is something we don’t chat about openly enough! To be completely honest, when I first heard about the brand Thinx’s product – underwear so absorbent that you don’t have to use pads or tampons – I had visions of trying to wear your wet bikini bottoms home under your jeans after a pool party because you forgot underwear. EWW GRAHS! Right? WRONG.

To say that Thinx is a life changing product might be the understatement of the century. I received one pair of panties to review for this post, but truth be told, after the first time I wore them I immediately went online and bought three more pairs in varying styles/colors. I loved them so much I tossed my tampons into a bonfire then ran around it chanting “My oven may be in cleaning mode, but at least I am comfortable!”. OK I didn’t really do that because it would be wasteful (another benefit to not needing to buy tampons/pads in the future, much more sustainable!)

To get a little TMI here, my period can be a toughie in terms of blood loss as well as it’s perpetual ability to overstay its welcome. I love running, but I have a great deal of difficulty running for over an hour with just one tampon in. This led to my decision to get the sport cut since it protects from chafing and is super breathable. Not only are these my new best friend for working out, they are also perfect for everyday use. I wore mine all day on my heaviest day while I did tons of activities – picnicking, shopping, hiking and getting drunk on a patio – with no issues.

Oh and I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Thinx functions on a business model similar to that of Tom’s or Warby Parker, the “buy one give some sort” of model. For every pair of panties you purchase, they donate funds to AFRIpads, which is a company in Uganda that not only provides women with reusable cloth pads, it also employs them by teaching them how to make them. I had no idea what a terrible issue periods can be for girls in developing countries and was shocked to learn that it actually forces many girls to drop out of school.

So my verdict is out. These panties are the bomb. Not only are you supporting your fellow women in developing countries, you are finally being granted an effective and sustainable solution to your monthly grievances.

 
Have you tried period panties before?
 
*This post was sponsored by Thinx. All opinions are, and will always be, my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Something Swell going.*


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  1. May 2, 2016 / 11:53 am

    This sounds way up my street! Two weeks before my period comes, I always dread the thought of it coming because that means no flexibility when it comes to sleeping, or doing anything, really. Great review, might give this a go! x

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  2. May 2, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Oh my gosh sleeping is the worst I know! These are great for that too! 🙂 If you try them out let me know what you think!

  3. May 2, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    It is really a wonderful solution! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  4. May 2, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    These sound awesome, but I'm confused. The blood just comes out and the panties absorb all of it? Like you wear them all day and it's fine? HOW CAN THAT BE?!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

  5. May 2, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Ahh! I really want to try these. These seem way more comfortable than tampons and pads that make me feel like I am wearing a diaper. Thanks for being a brave woman and sharing what needs to be talked about! Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

  6. May 3, 2016 / 1:32 am

    these sound like the best undies ever!

  7. May 3, 2016 / 5:48 am

    I'm gonna have to get myself one of these, if it's seriously so good it good make life so much easier! Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful week!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

  8. May 3, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Great questions Colleen! Yes you freely bleed and the panties absorb it in the second layer, while the top layer wicks away the moisture so you are not "sitting in your own blood" so to speak. Additionally the layers are completely anti-microbial so all bacteria is killed. If you want to learn more you can check out their about page http://www.shethinx.com/pages/it-works 🙂

  9. May 3, 2016 / 11:28 am

    I highly recommend them Miriam! Especially for sleeping, I have found them immensely helpful! 🙂

  10. May 3, 2016 / 11:30 am

    So much more comfortable! And aww thanks girl, to be honest I was a little nervous to share this but I am so happy with the positive response! 🙂 Have a great day!

  11. May 3, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Thanks for reading Ester! 🙂 Have a wonderful week yourself!

  12. May 3, 2016 / 11:32 am

    They are a godsend! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  13. May 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    It really is! I cannot urge you to try it enough 🙂

    • Annie
      July 13, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      Right!? The greatest! 🙂

    • Annie
      July 27, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      I have no clue haha they are actually my favorite thing! xx Thanks for commenting 🙂

  14. October 7, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Ummmmm this is blowing my mind right now. Whaaatttt!???! I’m so intrigued I just may have to buy a pair to try!

    xo, Heather

    • Annie
      October 10, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      I highly suggest you do! They are Ah-mazing! Just used them at a music festival and it was a godsend!

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