Lets Talk About Periods Again: Thinx Review Part One
Guest contributor Melody Miller has great tits; and also great bravery as she is the first friend of the Tater-Tits to try and review Thinx Period Panties. Below is part one of her adventure.
As most women in their twenties, I’ve spent a fair share of my adult life with copious amounts of super absorbent material inside and against my lady parts. When my uterus decided to begin it’s monthly expelling party when I was 12, my mom took me shopping and showed me all of my options: maxi pads or tampons. While I selected the safest looking pads on the shelf, my mom regaled me with tales of her own first period, where she attempted to figure out how to strap on some kind of belt contraption that had snaps and a mattress-like pad inside. Oh, the marvels of modern technology.
I was so excited to “become a woman” at that ripe age of 12.
Just one year later, when I was 13, that glow of womanhood was crucified as my boobs busted through shirts and my face looked like pizza. I constantly found myself running down the hallway to the nurse’s office, tying a jacket around my waist as my lady river flowed gracefully down the back of my khaki pants. My adolescent brain barely remembered when my next math test was, much less when my period was expected to come.
It’s not like Aunt Flow even kept to her expected schedule, either. Bitch.
For my 13 year old self, it was a battle between remembering how many days had elapsed and talking myself into shoving a wad of plastic covered cotton into my underwear every month. My friends took pity on me in high school and finally taught me how to use a tampon. Gone were the days of maxi pads! My new best friend came in a slim, plastic applicator.
Last year I had just finished reading an NPR series about teenage women around the world. For most girls in developing countries, school becomes inaccessible once they reach puberty. There is no indoor plumbing in schools and girls are literally “on the rag.” There’s no way to discreetly take care of one’s period, so they drop out, stay home, and miss out on opportunities that their male counterparts receive. A percentage of these girls are also faced with the stigma of being ritually unclean, and their families force them to sleep in huts outside of the house until they are done bleeding.
NPR highlighted ways that women in first world nations are working together to find a way to make feminine products accessible, affordable, and discreet so that these girls can stay in school, receive and education, and be free from social stigma and early marriage, pregnancy, and even death.
That company is called Thinx. They have created the “period panty,” and their business model is similar to that of Toms Shoes: buy one, give one. For each pair of Thinx that is purchased, another pair goes to a girl in a developing country.
Not only did my philanthropic heart leap for joy, but my own uterus rejoiced.
During my early twenties, I learned a significant amount about my body and my health, including the concept of free bleeding. The thought of ditching my plastic applicator friend was liberating. No more dogs dragging my trash around the house. No more plastic going into landfills. No more forgetting tampons and frantically hoping someone walks into the restroom with one.
But my flashbacks of my 8th grade khakis was still extremely vivid in my mind. When I heard about Thinx, a panty that is designed to absorb the blood of your period, it was the exact safety net I was looking for to protect my pants. It took me a year to work up the courage to buy these period panties, and they are here!
Large Hip Hugger, designed for heavy days. I’m going to attempt to wash my Thinx each night of my cycle since they are pricey.
My periods tend to be pretty average and last for a few days. I can usually get away with using one or two super tampons on the first day, and then I switch to regular size the second and third days. If there’s a day four, I free bleed, which is usually just some light spotting.
The technology of the panty is described on their website in an infographic. There are several layers to the panty, including a moisture wicking fabric and an absorbent layer inside.
You can tell by holding the underwear that they aren’t your average undies. They are sleek and shiny on the outside, soft and cozy on the inside. The section that has the absorbent layer goes forward through the crotch, stopping below the pubic bone, and then it goes up the back all the way to the top of the waistband and out to each side.
They felt stiff, so I ran them through the wash like I’m supposed to and they came out much less so.
The main difference besides all the extra layers that I noticed was that there is absolutely no stretch in these. I was scared they wouldn’t fit my abnormally large bum, but they fit perfectly. My assumption is you don’t want them to stretch too much, otherwise they won’t fulfill their promise to contain all the contents safely inside.
They arrived in January and I’ve been waiting for my period to come since then. My doctor prescribed me a hormone to start my cycle this month, and according to the reviews online, I could be facing quite the doozy of a period. I expect these Thinx to be put to the ultimate test.