What’s The Deal With THINX Period-Proof Underwear?

posted: 02/17/16
by: Ashley Lauretta

Most women know the woes of menstruation, and it goes deeper than cramps and some bleeding. Who hasn't had an issue with blood-stained underwear, pads that won't stay put, and the nuisance of predicting the right absorbency? It is all a part of the headache associated with that time of the month--until period-proof underwear hit the shelves.

For anyone that's had a run-in or two with "Aunt Flo," period-proof underwear seems like a solid, though unconventional, idea. "It is freedom from that 'back-of-the-mind' sort of feeling you have when you have your period, when you think, 'Will I leak or have an accident,'" shares Miki Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of THINX, a line of period-proof underwear created to empower women. "The underwear gives women peace of mind and freedom knowing they are covered. It is leak-proof and absorbent--as a backup or a replacement--and it just frees you from anxiety."

THINX has been working to both change the industry and the way women live. It is important to know their underwear is one of two types of period-proof underwear.

"One type of panties helps to hold pads in place while the other has special materials to help absorb and wick away leakage and potentially replace tampons or pads (especially for lighter days)," explains Dr. Laura Borgelt, PharmD, who is the associate dean and professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

The latter is where THINX fits, with its patented technology that includes antimicrobial and wicking material to help keep the blood in the absorption layer. The antimicrobial layer is especially important and is what makes this period-proof underwear hygienic--and should you decided to try out the underwear, is a must for your health.

When menstrual blood leaves the body, it is exposed to the elements, and this exposure may cause plenty of unwanted issues. "When combined with moistness (e.g., sweat) and warmth, bacteria can grow and potentially lead to vaginal infections, urinary tract infections and skin rashes," says Dr. Borgelt.

And though it's easy to dismiss a little period blood as a "first world problem," menstrual issues severely affect women in developing countries. "100 million girls are missing school during their period," notes Agrawal, mainly due to a lack of sanitary items and access to private bathrooms. So for every pair of THINX sold, the company promises to fund reusable menstrual pads in Uganda.

You may be one of the women who thinks period underwear sounds gross--who wants to sit in that all day?--and Agrawal has heard the argument before. But with a pad you face the same issue, in a much less hygienic way.

Now the important question -- do they actually work? We haven't tried them for ourselves, but early reviews have been kind.

Period-proof underwear--though a relatively new product--may just exactly what the modern woman needs.