Thinx Underwear Makes Your Having Period a Party! (Um, No Not Really)

We’ve all heard/seen/experienced that moment of horror when there’s a blood stain on your pants. Whether it happened at the grocery store or in front of your besties, it’s kinda embarrassing. But have no fear, a new line of underwear has been developed to prevent that from ever happening again! Enter Thinx: a “period underwear” company started by 3 young women. The company’s slogan is: “Underwear for the 21st century. No more worries or embarrassment — just full support and style!”. The line of underwear starts at $28 and goes all the way to $78 for the fanciest pair. They range from the every day hip hugger style to special shapewear ones with two mini heating pad inserts. Wait…what?! This pair of panties has a secret compartment for heating pads?! Yes, this $68 “Shapewear Comfy Thinx” design has 2 heating pad compartments.

First things first, yes I use a heating pad once in a while for bad cramps. I’m usually the one who’s lying on the couch having a Laguna Beach marathon with a heating pad on my lower stomach area. I can see how they’ve tried to these period panties as functional as possible, but maybe they’re a bit too complicated. I personally don’t think I’d ever walk around the mall with mini heating pads inserted into my special period underwear. What happens they run out of heat? Then you have 2 cooled off heating pads in your underwear. For those who don’t need heating pads, this style could also work for you. The “Shapewear Comfy Thinx” says you can use the secret compartments as a place to store your cash / ID when you don’t need the heating pads. Can you imagine having to reach into your underwear to grab cash to pay for your groceries? Or if you’re being ID’d at the liquor store? “One second, I just need to reach into my underwear to grab my ID”. It’s like a fanny pack for your vagina!

The other designs from this line don’t have the special heating pad compartments, but they do have their THINX Technology. What’s this special technology you ask? Here’s what they have to say about it:

“THINX is made up of Quad-Dry BreatheTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable┬ámethods on heavier days.”

This THINX technology also has 5 layers: stain resistant, anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorption, and leak-proof. If my math is correct, that’s 6 layers of defense with a tampon / pad. I think it’s fine to use the underwear as a “back up” for your tampons and pads, but to completely replace panty liners kinda grosses me out. Yeah it says it works for “light support” but what if your light day suddenly turns into a monster-heavy flow day? Then you have a puddle of blood soaked into your underwear….yuck. I personally would not shell out $30 for these period panties. I probably wouldn’t even wear them if someone gave me a free pair. I’ll admit, it’s a pretty cool concept and the technology is crazy intense, but I think it’s just a little too much.

What do you think? Would this underwear line revolutionize women’s underwear?

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  1. dr deb says:

    gawd yes! I think they sound amazing.why not have that extra protection? and something you may not know, but for every pair sold, the company gives a girl in africa a set of washable, reusable pads, made locally, so they dont have to miss school…not everyone in the world can AFFORD disposable,you know ( you write SSSOOOOO first world!)..It was time someone came up with something new ,innovative, and sustainable, giving back to others in the meantime.Actually, Im surprised at your attitude. The heating/money compartment wouldnt be for every moment but for when you were traveling and needed a stash, not for a trip to grocery store, you were being silly and trite and really didnt consider the possibilities. You werent funny, you were sarcastic and ,well, a little jealous, that maybe YOU didnt think up something so awesome. Im just saying, you sounded down right catty.

  2. Polly says:

    Pretty sure those other comments are from people super close to the company…

    Danielle, I'm totally with you girl. That's flat out strange. If I need a heating pad for my cramps, I will go old school and lay on the couch hating the world instead of using "mini-heating pads". Also I would feel weird storing crap in my "underwear pockets". How weird does that sound?! Underwear pockets! I am just fine with my period underwear and panty liners. It's probably so much cheaper doing it that way then buying a pair of 30 underwear, let alone a pair that is 78! Girl you wrote an awesome article that had me cracking up! Thanks!

  3. Jacklynn Blanchard says:

    I get that the technology is different than what we are used to but your article makes you sound quite privileged. It must be nice to get to lie on your couch and watch Laguna Beach marathons everytime you have cramps but for those of us who need to work and venture into the outside world this sounds better than the stick on kind currently available. Also, though I am not sure if personally I would feel comfortable using these alone, I do think it would be fantastic as a backup and the fact that the company donates reusable pads to women in the developing world Makes the price totallly worth it to me (hello Toms). Lastly, when traveling it is key to put money in various places and something like this is more convenient than putting money in your shoe. Oh and just FYI I am not affiliated with the company, surprisingly people can have their own opinions.

    1. danielletee says:

      Last time I checked, just because someone has time to watch Laguna Beach when they aren't feeling well doesn't mean they're "quite privileged". I also venture out to the "outside world"…full time school, work, and volunteering. Everyone has their own remedy to feel better and mine just happens to be being lazy for a night. I just personally don't think I'd use this product.

  4. jay says:

    It may not be for you but I've got endometriosis – something like this would be amazing considering I spend nearly a week solid wondering if this is gonna be a super-tampon-lasts-five-hours day or a super-tampon-lasts-two-hours day. And if it has a pocket already I don't feel half as self-conscious on those two hour days if I've left my purse with a friend – there's already a spare tammy in my knickers *shrugs*

    So are these gonna be in NZ anytime soon?

    1. Miki says:

      Yes, go ahead and order them on shethinx dot com xo

  5. Forreal?? says:

    Does anyone else find it weird that the people who run Thinx are posting on this article and being super weirdly defensive about the product? It kind of makes me want to buy this underwear less, because the people running it are immature and totally okay with getting in passive aggressive internet fights! You girls run a wonderful charitable company, you're trying to give back to people in need, why on earth are you writing passive aggressive comments on a webpage only a handful of people will see?!

    on my immature note, who ruins two pairs of underwear per period and just throws them away?! I use the same blood stained pairs of underwear every month when I'm on period, because who cares, who is going to see them?! maybe I'm just more 'green' than this company is trying to present themselves as. :P

    1. Forreal?? says:

      Ha, the Thinx girls deleted their previous comments making me look like I'm talking to myself! Which I'm fine with, its much better for them and the product this way, but I wanted to point out that I'm not crazy, there were other comments here!

  6. Paige S says:

    This sounds like Dear Kate! Same kind of idea I believe. I think Thinx is a great idea; but like all products every person has their own preferences :) I might go for the basic pair but not the heating pad pair!

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