Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Period Proof Panties That May Replace Tampons or Pads

When I think of a period panty, I think of the old briefs that I only wear when I have my period, mostly so if I have an accident I can simply throw them away. The company THINX  may be innovating our old thoughts in relation to what is a period panty. 

Could you wear panties with built in pads, and do away with tampons and pads permanently? That seems to be a new option for menstruation cycles. One particular company  is looking to be that next option.  Founded in 2010, women’s underwear company THINX  is making strides in 2015 with their line of period proof undies. Although  the company’s website offers a disclaimer that the underwear is intended to serve as a back up in the case of leaks while wearing tampons or menstrual cups, it’s also becoming widely known as the alternative to wearing a pad or tampon altogether. Similar to the multiple types of pads and tampons currently on the market to cater to different menstrual cycles, the site offers a variety of different underwear according to your “flow.”

According to the descriptions of each pair on the website, the “thong” underwear holds “up to ½ a tampon’s worth” of liquid, while the cheeky underwear holds “up to a full tampon’s worth” of liquid and finally, the “hip hugger” holds “up to 2 tampon’s worth” of liquid. The underwear prices range from $24-$34 per pair and are machine-washer friendly with instructions to rinse before washing and hang to dry.

The site suggests that these underwear are leak resistant! I am skeptical but would love to be able to not worry about purchasing tampons and pads. I would save money, but I will also be helping eliminate waste. Think about it though, a handful of products a month, 12 months a year, for 30 to 40 years, multiplied by the female half of the population… It really does add up. According to the book Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, the average woman throws away up to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene related products in a lifetime. Image how much waste we'd save if we simply had underwear we may reuse.

I still get skirmish thinking about re wearing something that i've bled in all day, what are your thoughts, about THINX and this new-age approach to dealing with menstrual cycles?

By Queen
Header photo via THINK website   

Queen is a 30 something woman from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. Follower her on twitter  @TheQueenSpeaks_ or instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

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