**This review is the blogger's opinion only!! This does not reflect the opinion of Bobo Academy!! Also, this post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way- I just think they're great!**
I have never been on great terms with my period. I bleed a lot, and I have intense and painful cramps. So when I heard about Thinx, the period underwear, I thought that it would definitely not work for me. I figured it was for girls who bleed jut a little for a day or two, and then they're done.
Boy, was I wrong.
THINX ARE MAGIC.
I'll begin with the company. Thinx is amazing. They support people with periods (yeah, not just women! Anyone who menstruates can use Thinx- they even have support specifically for trans people with periods that need something more discreet. Not only that, but for every pair of Thinx purchased, the company provides part of the funding to someone who needs it in the developing world (through a company that works, employs, and helps in Uganda, AFRIpads- it's not just the Super Americans sending over money). According to their website,
"AFRIpads trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads, turning local women into entrepreneurs.
A girl is able to purchase an affordable and sustainable pack of pads, keeping them in school every day of the month."
Incredible, right? But do they work?
They absolutely do.
I bought three pairs (two that are advertised as being for "medium days", or 1.5 tampons, and one that is advertised as being for heavy days, or 2 tampons). Since it's April and online shopping is not extremely high at the moment, my Thinx arrived in three days, which was perfect, because my period started the day after they arrived.
I know it's sort of an odd concept, but bear with me. You wear them in place of pads, or in addition to a tampon or cup. I chose to trust them 100% and use absolutely nothing else. The minute I put them on, they felt like normal underwear, which surprised me. I instantly forgot about them, going about my day. Every so often, I would check to make sure they weren't leaking, and no, 100% dry throughout the day.
Then, it was night time. This is where I was the most concerned about Thinx. You have to wash them out in the sink, and then put them in the washing machine. Washing them out in the sink was a little gross, but I don't really care about blood, and it only took me a couple of minutes. Then, they went in to the washing machine with the rest of my clothes, and hung to dry, ready for use the next day.
I then wore a fresh pair to sleep. This is where I was the most concerned, because I can never find a good enough pad to prevent my sheets from being a mess the next day. So, I put on a pair of Thinx, extremely wary of what was to happen: and magically, the next morning, my sheets were fine. I was so impressed.
Pros: Dryness feeling, not having to wear a pad, feeling safe and comfortable, pads for people in the developing world, supporting an awesome company!
Cons: The only one that I can think of off the top of my head is this: Thinx are pretty expensive. Not prohibitively so, but most are in the neighborhood of $30USD. They recommend you buy 2-3 pairs so you don't have to wash them every night, so that's almost $100USD- but think about how much money you're saving on menstrual products for the future! Thinx are a smart investment.
I will definitely be wearing Thinx on every one of my period days from now on!
**All photos courtesy of Thinx!**