August 19, 2015

I THINX NOT!





Have you seen these? The latest and greatest in feminine-hygiene-product-free feminine hygiene panties? 

www.shethinx.com
Huh? (My thoughts exactly!) Like a lot of things I think THINX are great in theory--reduce stigma, save the Earth, help girls in underdeveloped countries--all good stuff. Although the concept is not new, I think THINX is making a splash because of its humanitarian efforts on the flip side, but I wouldn't trust it in practical use.  I just can't see this doing the job.

I am a woman. I get my period. I have it now. (Yes, It's probably not helping that I am sitting here writing this while on my period. You're in REAL TIME here people. Real time.)

I have gotten my period for about 29 years now and I have never, ever liked it. This has nothing to do with societal stigmas and EVERYTHING to do with itisamajorinconveneincetogoaboutyoureverydaylifewhileyouareBLEEDINGBLEEDINGBLEEDINGfromyournetherparts. It just fucking sucks. I don't need society to tell me that.

If you think it's a blessing to have a monthly reminder of a physical readiness for something you might not necessarily be otherwise ready for, then feel free to enjoy Aunt Flo's company. And even if you are someone who is hoping to see her period in lieu of being pregnant you're not convincing me that's there's a bright side.

Periods are gross. Maybe this isn't the most PC point of view nowadays but it's a fact. I try to put on a good face for my newly "blessed" teenage daughter, but the fact is there is no upside. What other bodily function requires such time and attention and gear? I have heavy periods and THINX claim that its heaviest pair of panties will "absorb as much as two tampons worth of blood" just doesn't do it for me. I can go through two tampons in TWO HOURS! Then what?

So I'm at the office and I feel the need to "freshen up." Instead of taking a discreet, sanitary, wrapped feminine hygiene product into the bathroom and throwing away the used goods, what would THINX have me do? Go to the bathroom, change into a fresh pair of THINX (are these individually wrapped as well?) and do WHAT EXACTLY with my not-so-fresh pair? Do they come with carry out bags? They are reusable for up to 2 years so I'm certainly not going to throw away any of my $200+ "cycle set."

I just don't get how these can work. If I'm not seeing it, feel free to enlighten me. I'll be sitting here in my pad and granny panties. I may not be helping to reduce any stigma about how annoying and gross the menstrual cycle is, but I'd appreciate it if you can help me find the silver lining. Pun intended.

(panties pictured in title graphic are NOT Thinx brand)

No thanx, THINX! I'll keep my granny panties. @notsosupermom_

11 comments:

  1. I don't think these are intended for everyone, but they are a lifesaver for some of us. I am allergic to most disposable pads and tampons. I use cloth pads for the first 2 days of my period, but after that my flow gets very light and wearing a pad that slides around and feels like a diaper one day longer than I have to is a pain. At that point all I really need is a pantyliner for the next 4 days until it's over, except pantyliners break me out in a rash. This will solve that problem for me.

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    1. I have to admit, the thought of being allergic to feminine hygiene products never crossed my mind. I can see where these would be perfect in that case!

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  2. I love my granny panties too. I'm all about comfort.

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  3. I wish this blogger at least had enough scense to us spaces and punctuation, before writing a review. Did she even try them. I think the idea is amazing! Some people have allergies to pads and the chemicals in them. Not to add the added comfort of not having to worry about having the time to change your pad or tampon thru out the day for active people moms and military women alike can appreciate this.

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  4. I'm sitting in a cafe in Thailand wearing a pair of Thinx right now. I love them. I will say I would never use them as my only option. I use them in place of a pantie liner at the beginning and end of my period and as back-up in combination with a menstrual cup. For these uses they are AMAZING! I agree though, the idea of just straight up bleeding into my underwear does not work for me. So there you have it. That's where I think they shine, as a back-up plan. I'm so sick of ruining $20 pairs of panties not to mention skirts, pants, and furniture.

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    1. I would say that that is probably a good use for them for people (like me) who just could never get away with anything less than a small mattress between my legs for the first three days! Thank you so much for the constructive suggestion!

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  5. I'm sitting in a cafe in Thailand wearing a pair of Thinx right now. I love them. I will say I would never use them as my only option. I use them in place of a pantie liner at the beginning and end of my period and as back-up in combination with a menstrual cup. For these uses they are AMAZING! I agree though, the idea of just straight up bleeding into my underwear does not work for me. So there you have it. That's where I think they shine, as a back-up plan. I'm so sick of ruining $20 pairs of panties not to mention skirts, pants, and furniture.

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  6. They are good for up to 10 hours. So no, you don't change your drawers half way thru your day. And they have different levels of absorbancy. That you'd know....if you'd researched them a little bit. And like any other product out there, they have their limits. So unless the masses plan on resorting back to moon houses, this is a nice option for people who can't use the other ones available.

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    1. I did read about them, but thank you for the tip. You are assuming that the 10-hour "guideline" will work for everyone? Not me, I can assure you. If you understood the type of cycle I have, you'd understand why I am confident these would never last a significant amount of time in my day, for the first 3 days of my cycle. As others have suggested they are probably better suited as a back up maybe or something you would use on lighter days.

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    2. I did read about them, but thank you for the tip. You are assuming that the 10-hour "guideline" will work for everyone? Not me, I can assure you. If you understood the type of cycle I have, you'd understand why I am confident these would never last a significant amount of time in my day, for the first 3 days of my cycle. As others have suggested they are probably better suited as a back up maybe or something you would use on lighter days.

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