THINX Period Panties // The realities of having ‘safe’ sex, and giving girls a fair chance

‘Safe’ sex

I recently started becoming aware of realities of the conventional beauty and feminine hygiene markets, and the negative effects of the ingredients that are used/allowed on and in our bodies.

I’ve started converting my skin care and cosmetics to green-beauty, but haven’t quite made the full shift. I still have a lot of beautiful products in my collection that I’m not ready to let go of. But just like anything, every little change counts.

Over the past few months I’ve stopped buying tampons at the drug store, but at the local CO-OP and Erewhon.

Conventional tampons contain things like chlorine for bleaching purposes, which leads to a carcinogenic toxic byproduct called dioxin. Non-organic cotton is known as one of the most toxic crops on the planet due to the pesticides used and can lead to infertility, hormonal imbalance, and cancer. “Fragrance” on the label could mean up to 3,000 chemical fragrances in us. But they leave that part out. // Here’s a link to learn more

Condoms and lube are another big danger zone containing carcinogenic latex. Many are persevered with methyl and propyl-parabens which are not allowed in the European Union due to potential carcinogenic factor. And because most lubricants are petroleum or silicon based they can cause Bacterial Vaginosis, PH imbalances, and irritation.

I don’t get it.
(I’ll be doing more research on this in the future^)

The only time I stopped walking in the subway

While in the subway during my last trip in New York I saw these ads that made me stop dead in my track. They were minimalist photos of women in tanks,  and turtlenecks, in their underwear with text reading “underwear for women with periods” one after the other.

I thought to myself “I have no idea what this is for, but this is awesome.”

I took a photo and made a note in my phone to check it out when I got back to LA.

When I sat down to look up this company THINX, I was blown away but what I found.

Firstly, in order for them to get the approval of New York’s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) to put the ads up they had to fight really, really hard. The word “period” really threw off the MTA, even though they allow photos of naked women, and controversial ads for breast augmentation.

Think about some of the ads we see on a regular basis of naked women. I have no problems with that at all, in fact, I love it. I do find it fascinating is that there’s an issue talking about periods. Like, why?! Women have periods. Women are sexy. Woman are smart. So why is there such a stigma around vaginas and periods?

I am so proud of Miki Agrawal, the founder of THINX for being so brave and persevering. I truly believe these ads, and THINX are a game changer.

So what are THINX?

They’re washable period panties!! The most amazing things I’ve ever tried. I have never been so excited to get my period! Okay, maybe I have 😉

For whatever reason I’m always getting my period at night and it results in damaged undies every time. Normally, I sleep naked, so for the times I forget to wear underwear I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and have to run to the bathroom, holding myself, trying not to drip.

This is not fun.

So for my last period I only used THINX. I felt so wild and free!

The first day I kept checking to see what was going on making sure I wasn’t leaking through to my pants. Nothing.

I also wore them to bed. I woke up to check my sheets. Nothing.

(Be mindful that you will have to wipe pieces of the uterine lining during your first few days)

They have a few different styles for heavier days, and lighter days.

Hiphugger style is for heavy days holding up to 2 tampon’s worth.

High-waist, and Sport styles hold 1.5 tampon’s worth.

Boyshort, Cheeky, and Thong styles are for light days holding .5- 1 tampon’s worth.

If you’re not comfortable not wearing a tampon but find that you still leak, these will help you a lot.

If you’re already wearing pads this is a no brainer.

The cost & cause

Woman will spend thousands of dollars in feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. On average we spend $120 a year, and take into account the undies that get ruined during our period.

Each pair of Thinx are between $24 and $34. A set of seven will cost you $200 for period week.

Another things that’s really impressive about THINX is their dedication to helping women in Uganda. I am really just so impressed by this company.

Something I learned when reading about THINX is there commitment to help women in Uganda. They partner with AFRIpad which trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads, empowering and employing women. In Uganda, and in many other countries girls are shamed for having their periods and are unable to go to school for the week which naturally makes them fall behind. After the accumulation of all this time off, they can’t keep up with their class, which leads them to leaving school altogether.

The girls are at a disadvantage simply because they get their period. They’re never given a fair shot to find their calling, and follow their dreams.  AFRIpad allows for girls to stay in school every day of the month. Such a beautiful thing!

THINX sends funds to AFRIpads to allow women to have feminine care every month, empowering them to be whatever they want to be!

A gift for you

I’m so impressed by this company and am so proud to be able to offer a reader a pair. I THINX  you’re gonna love them 😉

THINX is generously donating a style of your choice for the launch of my new website on Wednesday April 27th. Take a look at the styles here

Here is the give-away form. Be sure to follow @THINX and @soulwellnessmethod on Instagram. I’ll be choosing the winner on May 4th and announcing it on my snapchat @soulwellnessmtd. Can’t wait!!

(Continental US only)

Subway Ads // Courtesy of THINX

Subway Ads // Courtesy of THINX

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Subway Ads //Courtesy of THINX

 Yup, they said it :) Subway Ads //Courtesy of THINX


Yup, they said it 🙂 Subway Ads //Courtesy of THINX

 

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  • I am so happy that thinx has been invented and that women are being more open and frank about their period conversations. I love your review and i love this company. it is time to change the stigma around periods because lets face it – dealing with getting your period is enough hassle and hardship that we shouldnt be worried about talking, joking and educating about it. Thanks! I just went to buy my first pair

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