Sometime last year, I told everyone about the wonderful world that exists outside of traditional pads and tampons with my guide to Alternative Feminine Products.
Now, I hadn’t tried the newest additional to the market, leak-proof period panties. I decided to put it to the test and ordered a pair from the popular THINX brand. There’s an array of options when it comes to styles of underwear but I went for the hip huggers which are for “Heavy Day” use.
They arrived at my home in a cute little brown cardboard envelope on Monday.
Wednesday, I started my period. (Despite the fact that my Clue app said my cycle was due a few days later but that’s another story about my slightly unpredictable cycle, Hey Girl!)
I’ve never been so hype to see my monthly visitor, because I had my fancy THINX panties on deck and I just knew I was gonna stunt so hard!
So I take a shower and quickly put on my hiphugger THINX immediately after. This was around 10AM. The mail comes and I get the new pair of jeans I’ve been longing for. I put I them on too. (Why am I telling you this? This is important. “Follow me camera.”) I continue to work until about noon and I realize all this time…on my heaviest day.…
…I am completely dry.
At this point, I’m in awe of the sheer magic that is the technology of the THINX brand. I begin to wonder how could I live so long without this in my life and if I could build a time machine to go back into the early 2000s to gift this to my former self during my high school cheerleading practice. No More, I say! No more!
Things are going awesomely well so at 12:30PM (who am I kidding, it was really 12:55PM) I head to my 1PM orthodontist appointment because…Invisalign is life.
I’m still pretty chill and loving my life, so I then take my puppy, Patti Labelle, to a dog training class for 2PM.
.…and that’s where the game changed.
I get out of the car and notice that my new jeans were now ruined. What happened to the leak-proof, “you can wear them all day long” promises, huh? Remember that, THINX?
I haven’t experienced a mess up that bad, while being completely awake, since maybe middle school. I ended up reverting back to my soft cups as soon as I got home. THINX boasts their underwear can hold up to 2 tampons worth of fluid. That’s about 8–16 hours of use if you’re adhering to the proper tampon instructions of changing every 4–8 hours. However, since I use either Diva Cups or soft cups and haven’t worn tampons for years, I don’t think I properly calculated the analogy.
To be fair, the website does suggest that you make a decision on whether to wear THINX based on your knowledge of your own flow. I’ve been menstruating since I was 12 and I thought I knew myself better than this.
There’s a part of me that wants to give THINX another try or maybe even try out the DearKate brand but there’s another part of me that is just.…
Anybody else tried out what could’ve been potentially awesome THINX?