Are these the ultimate ‘period panties’? New stain-resistant and anti-bacterial underwear can absorb up to six teaspoons of liquid
A new brand of stain-resistant underwear made with anti-microbial fibers is set to change the way women deal with their periods.
With an absorbent layer that can hold up to six teaspoons of liquid, Thinx wants to stop women from wasting money on throw-away ‘period panties’ and instead invest in its ‘thoughtful underwear with hidden powers’.
There are four styles of underwear that range from thongs ($24) to hiphuggers ($34), created to not only catch any spillover from tampons, but replace tampons altogether if you have a lighter flow.
The underwear features four layers of protection: a ‘refreshing’ moisture-wicking technology, fibers coated with silver to make it resistant to bacteria and stains, a third that’s able to collect up to six teaspoons of fluid, and lastly, one that makes it leak-proof.
Most importantly, they’re totally leak-proof when used correctly — making them a welcome replacement for pads and tampons. They can save women thousands of dollars per year in disposable feminine care products.
Refinery 29 tested Thinx underwear and concluded that ‘while the crotch is definitely thicker than your average pair of underwear, they feel a lot more comfortable than a maxi pad or even a panty liner.’
The site also said there is ‘zero “plastic swishing” noise’ one might expect from ‘something this absorbent’.
I want to change the culture around women’s most normal time of month — and not while wearing grandma panties or pads that feel like a diaper.
The founders hope to help women in the developing world who may not otherwise have access to feminine care products. So, they teamed up with Ugandan nonprofit AFRIpads, and for every pair of THINX sold, they’ll donate enough money to the organization for seven pads, each time allowing one female to attend school while menstruating.
The company is, in a word, genius.
Tampons were invented in 1931 and aside from adhesive strips and wings on pads there hasn’t been any major innovation in 85 years. It’s time to change that — and to change the taboo.
As far as I’m concerned, THINX may just revolutionize menstruation entirely.