…and they’re worth every penny! $75 may not seem expensive for three pairs of panties, but for me, a self-proclaimed savvy shopper who won’t spend more than $5 for a pair of panties, $75 is a lot of money. So, what is so special about these panties, you ask? Well, they’re THINX Period Panties.
I’d read a couple of articles about this business (and the more recent subway ad “scandal”), was intrigued by what period panties were and, more importantly, what they would look like. I was pleasantly surprised to find that THINX panties looked nothing like the “granny panties” people often refer to. So, why period panties? Well, let me tell you a little tale…
I began my menstrual cycle when I was eleven years old, like, literally on my eleventh birthday right before three of my girlfriends arrived for a sleepover (joy). Thankfully, my first cycle was more like spotting, so nothing crazy. The next month, however, my period came in full force while I was away spending a week out-of-state with my 70-something grandmother.
I was mortified. Cramps, heavy flow, I had no idea what to do because I was completely unprepared, and the last time my grandmother had a period she likely wore a sanitary belt (the kind we read about in Judy Blume books). I did what any 11 year old girl would do. I called my mom from my grandmother’s rotary phone, whispering my predicament. My mother chuckled and then told me that she’d call my college-aged cousin to see if she could help (my grandmother didn’t drive, so I was literally stranded without sanitary napkins). I headed to the bathroom to, again, accordian-fold my fixed-income grandmother’s tissue paper-thin toilet paper. As I got myself together and headed out from the bathroom, my mom called back to tell me that my cousin would be heading over with supplies. She arrived a little later with a brown paper lunch bag [full of pads] and a smirk.
As if an out-of-state call and phone chain wasn’t bad enough, I was blessed with a ridiculously heavy menstrual period from the start. Middle school was a nightmare, my purse packed tight with heavy pads and embarrassingly asking to use the restroom, with said purse, each class period. I quickly learned to wear dark pants and a dark sweater to school that time of the month, so that I could tie my sweater around my waist when I had an accident (and I had many). The school nurse knew me well because I often had to go down there due to heavy cramps, accidents and reinforcements when my menstrual pad stash ran out. It flat out sucked to be me on my cycle in middle school.
So, of course I was curious when I heard about THINX period panties! I’ve tried many different menstrual products, including a menstrual cup (which I really do like), so period panties were a given. THINX’s website is hip and easy to navigate when you’re new to the world of period panties. I ordered one of each design available in July (Hiphugger, Cheeky and Thong), though they’ve recently added a new design called Sport. Here’s the thing — THINX period panties are in high demand, as in three-month wait demand! I ordered in July and received my panties at the beginning of October. But ladies, let me tell you, THINX are well worth the wait.
The timing of my THINX panties arrival couldn’t have been better, as they arrived on the first day of my cycle…three days after I had a cast put on my dominant hand (I broke my wrist at the end of September). Think about that for a moment. Menstrual period, loss of use of dominant hand. Let’s just say that there was NO way I was going to be able to use my menstrual cup, and using tampons would be tricky, at best.
With THINX period panties, you don’t need to mess with other menstrual products. THINX Hiphuggers are designed for heavy days and hold up to two tampons worth of menstrual blood. With designs ranging from light (Thong) to heavy days, THINX has your cycle covered. And guess what? THINX period panties are not your mother’s panties! I ordered all of mine in black and they are sexy, silky & comfortable — no more granny-panty-periods! The best part? With THINX, I no longer have to worry about accidents during my cycle, especially if I use THINX as a backup to my menstrual cup or tampon.
When you buy THINX panties, you’re not only making your monthly cycle more manageable, but you’re also helping another woman across the globe with her menstrual period and more. For each pair of THINX panties you purchase, THINX donates to AFRIpads, a non-profit organization teaching women to sew and sell reusable menstrual pads, ensuring affordable menstrual products for Ugandan women, allowing them to go to school and work [while on their periods].
So, yes, I spent $75 on three pairs, and now that I’ve found out for myself that THINX are definitely worth the hype, I’ll be going back to outfit myself with even more period panties (maybe I’ll order them in nude this time).
Since I’ve already tried them out, I have a handy referral link for you to save $10 off of your first order! You can thank me later 🙂