Nothing to Fear: an Environmental and Cost Beneficial Way to have your Period

Emily Cristobal describes and recommends Thinx underwear - the ultra absorbent underwear that means you can go pad- and tampon-free during your period. She makes a strong case for them as replacements for your usual sanitary products.

It is that time of the month again, which is a happy little reminder that you aren’t pregnant! Of course, periods don’t always come so pleasantly: lasting anywhere from three to seven days; cramps that feel as if your uterus is being stabbed; feeling sluggish and just wanting to spend the next couple of days in your bed, eating junk food and watching Netflix; mood swings, crying at every cute dog you come across; and don’t forget headaches, pounding at your forehead and temples. The list goes on and on, but the ever-looming fear of leaking is always at the back of your mind.

As you sit at your desk, whether it be in class or on the job, you can’t help but wonder if your tampon or pad is keeping in all that you’re putting out. You feel the natural flow of blood, and the fear of leaking through your underwear and pants and onto the seat is clouding your mind when you should be focusing on your work. 

Furthermore, women often experience period shaming. Menstruation is a natural bodily function, yet women are still judged and looked down upon by others because of it. In a study, commissioned by Thinx, an underwear brand, they found that “58 percent of women have felt a sense of embarrassment because they were on their period” and “73 percent of women have hidden a pad or tampon from view on their way to the bathroom.” [1]

Because leaking and period shaming are real problems that women face daily, Thinx, which was established in 2014, has created a solution. They are here to rescue, as they work to eliminate the fear of leaking and debunk the negative stereotypes associated with periods.

Thinx is proclaimed as a “period-proof underwear that works.” The company has designed nine variations of period-proof underwear, ranging from hiphuggers, boyshorts, and even thongs. On their website, beside each pair, they state approximately how much each underwear can absorb. For example, their hiphuggers can hold up to about two tampons worth, while their cheeky design is equivalent to one tampon. [2]

Their underwear consists of an innovative four-layer design of moisture-wicking cotton, anti-microbial lining, super-absorbent fabric, and a leak resistant barrier. [3] With this protection, women are now able to experience care-free periods without the fear of leakage. Thinx has created an underwear that is comfortable, that fights bad odors and bacteria, and that ensures feeling fresh and dry.

Although Thinx underwear is a bit on the pricey side, (prices range from $24 to $39 for one pair of underwear), the company offers deals to save money. If you buy 3 pairs of underwear or more, you get 10 percent off; 5 pairs or more, 15 percent off; and 7 pairs or more 20 percent off. [4]

With these sales, you would still be paying about $100 or more on underwear, and although that sounds really expensive, if you think about it in the long run, you will actually be saving more money.

In a woman’s lifetime, she spends anywhere from $1000 to $2000 on tampons, pads, and panty liners. [5] There is also the additional cost of buying new underwear due to period stains from leaking. Thus, investing in Thinx and pairing it with reusable menstrual products, such as menstrual cups and cloth pads, women would be saving hundreds of dollars on her period.

By investing in these reusable menstrual products, women will also be helping the environment. Every year, “20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills.” [6] Plastics from these products take years to biodegrade, meaning that most of this plastic waste will outlive us.

Because of these factors, women should make the switch today! Invest in period absorbent underwear, organic and decomposable tampons and pads, and reusable menstrual cups and cloth pads. By using these products, women will not only be able to confidently go about their period without the fear of leakage, but they will also be able to save money and save the earth!



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