**By the way, this post is going to talk a lot about menstrual blood and flow...nothing too icky, but just be forewarned. Although, I'm guessing if you're here, you're not all that squeamish about stuff like that anyway. 😊**
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT EXACTLY ARE THINX?
That's a lot for one pair of panties to live up to! Basically, you can think of them as a wearable, reusable pad or panty liner.
I bought the Hiphugger style (their most absorbent one) in black, since I wanted to have a pair that provided a little more coverage. I'm not gonna lie, they're not as comfortable as I thought they'd be. Not the least comfortable undies I've ever owned, but not amazing either. I'd say a solid B+. Comfy, but nothing to rave about.
My first day wearing Thinx was the day my period was set to arrive. My flow starts light, so I didn't see or feel much. (Also, I made the very lame mistake of only ordering one pair...which means I had to alternate wearing & washing day to day). When I finally did have a day with a heavier flow, I decided to be brave and skip the panty liner that serves as a backup for my tampon. I was too chicken to do a trust fall into my Thinx, partly because I'm still testing the waters and partly because my flow tends to be pretty heavy. They actually held up really well, and did everything they said the would do. I wore Thinx all day without changing my tampon (other than every 8 hours, as recommended). Usually, during the heaviest days, I need to change it every 5 or 6 hours or so, so it was definitely a stretch.
I could tell I was "leaking", and it felt a little unnerving to know there was no pad down there, but the Thinx did a good job. Not a single leak, and the underwear absorbed it. It definitely did not feel like I was sitting in my own mess all day.
I didn't really realize how well they had worked until I went to rinse them out before washing them. I kept rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing, and more kept coming out! It was pleasantly deceptive how much they could really hold without even feeling like it.
PROS & CONS
WHAT I LIKED:
WHAT I DIDN'T:
TL;DR: WOULD I BUY AGAIN?
The biggest downside I can see is the cost. It's a huge up-front investment, but then again, they will last you cycle after cycle, and hopefully be able to replace some (or even all) of your disposable tampons or pads.
To help with the sticker shock, I have a special $10 coupon code for Appleseed Fertility readers! If you're ready to buy your first pair of Thinx, click here, sign up for an account, and they'll email you $10 off your first order.
Any current Thinx users out there? Did I miss anything? Tell me what you thought about them in the comments!
Like seriously....I will NEVER go back to regular pads again. Ho. Lee. CRAP. I can't tell you how liberating it feels.
I'm actually going to try free-flowing in them next cycle, no tampons whatsoever! I'll be sure to update again when I do.