In 2018, I tried my first pair of ‘period proof underwear’. I have no idea where I heard about period underwear. It seemed a little odd to wear what’s essentially a period nappy all day, but somehow I was convinced to buy a pair of THINX’s ‘period-proof underwear that works’.
Was I concerned that they might not work? Yes, I definitely was.
THINX are advertised as a ‘back-up or replacement to traditional period products’, depending on your flow.
I bought a pair of black cheeky underwear, which are designed for lighter days, because I was very nervous and thought I’d try them right at the end of my period. I have white sheets. You understand.
Thinx will set you back around $30USD ($40AUD), depending on which pair you order. I ordered black, but right after I ordered they released a forest green colour.
Below you’ll find my first, pre-period wearing impression.
You’ll notice how surprised I was, to find that the period nappy, is actually a pretty stunning, pretty thin, super soft pair of life changing underwear. And then I actually wore them during my period.
I was a little surprised that I actually went through with it. And my white sheets? Still white. No soaking required. I’ve worn these a few times, and yes, every morning for the first dozen times, I had that have-I-leaked feeling. But every time so far I’m pretty darn pleased.
You know what else I’m pretty darn pleased at? This shirt that I ordered with my cheeky, black period underwear.
I’ve now had these, and two other pairs of THINX underwear for over a year, and WORE THEM OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE. I honestly forgot I was wearing them the first time, instead of a tampon or menstrual cup and left the house.
I’ve slept in them in white sheets and worn them all day. THINX are supposed to be able to ‘hold’ two tampons worth of period. When I say ‘hold’, think literally how a pad holds blood, but less of the bulky feeling you get from a full pad.
I change mine after about 8 hours, but I have never felt like I’ve hit the ‘period limit’ on them.
Want to order a pair? You can find THINX here.