Thinx | Sport Period Panties | $32
As the photographer in our partnership, I don’t find myself solo reviewing many of our products. It’s just so much easier to photograph Amy, it makes more sense for her to wear and try most things we review here. However, nursing often means additional time without your monthly cycle, a very essential component of reviewing period panties! No big deal, I thought. And then it hit me: I was going to be starring in a series of photographs wearing the equivalent of a swimsuit bottom. NOT something I look forward to under most circumstances. Here I am, 36 years old, having carried and birthed 2 daughters, still weighing about 15-20 lbs more than I did before my youngest, Cecelia, was born. I usually give myself grace, knowing that taking care of myself falls a little lower on the totem pole right now with young children. I want my daughters to know that being healthy and strong is what is most important, and I try never to comment on any “failings” I might have felt about my body condition when I was younger. This week was quite a test, sharing a part of my body I’ve been self-conscious about since I was about 10.
I was an early bloomer, growing quickly to my full height of 5’4½” by that age and hitting puberty not long after. It meant being taller and weighing more than most of my female classmates, and I can’t get rid of the memories of comparing how much slimmer their legs were and how I would wear oversized t-shirts with my swimsuits in an effort to cover my thighs. Mine had stretch marks from growing quickly and (horror) they jiggled. Looking back now, I wish I could have convinced my younger self that someday more of my body would jiggle, and that it was OK. Because the only one really being critical of my body was me. And if anyone else noticed, was it REALLY going to ruin my life? Absolutely not. We are always our own harshest critics, and for what? My body was strong enough to grow and help feed two healthy humans, and I can’t think of a single person I know who would mention my weight, let alone my thighs, if asked simply to describe me. I am more than my weight, more than my shape, and more resilient than I ever imagined I could be when I was that 10 year old girl.
So, world, meet my thighs. Oh, and these pretty amazing panties I tested out.
If you’ve heard of period panties before, you’re one step ahead of where I was just over a month ago when Amy passed along this pair for me to try. Nonetheless, once I read about what they can really do, I anticipated my next period with probably the most excitement I’ve been able to muster since I was 11 waiting for the first one (you know, back in the days where it was just a thing you were supposed to get and all the other girls were getting theirs.) Then you have it and realize what a completely uncomfortable inconvenience it is, at the best of times. 25 years and lots of ups and downs figuring out the best feminine products for my body later, enter THINX.
“THINX is made up of four bits of tech that makes ‘em anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent, and leak-resistant.” Ok, you say, but how are they REALLY? I checked the flow suggestions on the packaging and first used them as a backup on a heavy flow day in lieu of a panty liner along with my regular tampons. All was well! I took it up a notch.
Next, I jumped off the deep end and really put put them to the test. At the heaviest point in my cycle, I wore them for a few hours at the at a birthday party for my cousin’s sweet daughter, and continued to wear them a few more hours while we drove north from Massachusetts to Maine (sleeping children = no bathroom breaks). Maximum leak potential reached! It was the kind of day where you find you’ve bled through every time you use in the bathroom, and THINX stood up to the test. I had already leaked through my tampon once before I began my long drive home, thankfully with no discernible difference in how dry the panties felt. During the car ride, I got that dreaded “I KNOW I’m leaking” feeling, but as any Mama reading this will agree, you DO NOT stop your car for any reason when your kids are actually asleep on a long journey. I reminded myself this style of THINX can hold up to 2 regular tampons of blood and just drove on. They continued to feel comfortable, and I really didn’t notice any difference in the dryness or thickness as they continued to do their absorbing magic. By the end of the day, because of the travel leaking, I would say they were nearing their max volume. They began to feel just a bit damp for the first time all day and I changed over to regular panties with a liner pad. Long day over, I washed them and hung them to dry as recommended, and a few days later wore them again. They washed really well and played backup to tampons during a long work day.
The fit of the Sport cut is a little lower than I usually prefer my panties, so I would buy their high-waisted or hip-hugger style, or perhaps even try out their new Organic cotton brief style for my next pair. I usually buy a medium and these are a large, but the waist was perfectly comfortable and stayed up well, although I do find they have a little bit of extra room in the leg openings in this size. Overall, I have to say I love the comfort and convenience of period panties, and I LOVE that I’m creating less waste during my period by using fewer disposable products. Personally, I think I need 2 or 3 more pairs… or realistically with my laundry routine, 5-6 pairs total so I can just rinse them and not do extra laundry while I have my period 😉
Have you tried Thinx? What has been your experience? We’d love to hear your experiences!