Recently I purchased some period undies from shethinx.com. I want to say upfront that I paid for them and have no connection to the company whatsoever.
I’d seen ads for them pop up in social media for over a year and thought, why not give them a try?
What Are Period Undies?
Period undies are absorbent underpants that you wear while menstruating. They replace your pad or tampon and simply absorb your flow right into the material. They come in a range of styles and absorbencies so with the right type, you should be able to wear a single pair for the whole day during your period (change them at night though).
When you’re done you soak them, wash them and they’re ready for next month.
Period Undies from the Chinese Medicine Perspective
I think what Thinx are doing is cool. I like the idea of period-proof underwear because from a Chinese Medicine point of view, it’s better to let it flow than to plug it up. Not needing a tampon promotes free-flowing blood which is always better than stagnant blood.
So I went for it, bought three pairs and here is my two cents on them.
Period Undies: An Honest Review
I like how they look. I chose black ones because I didn’t want to see the blood on nude ones. The black ones are kinda sexy and with their mesh sides and black strip up the middle they feel very nice to wear indeed. So much so that I want to keep wearing them after my period.
Another huge plus is what you save on landfill. Not just the pads and tampons themselves but the plastic packaging they come in too. Some ladies are inclined to flush them down the loo (ladies please, this is a big no-no) so I love that these undies help to minimise the impact of feminine hygiene on our environment.
I didn’t buy enough of them but hey, I wanted to try them and didn’t want to go all out and be disappointed as they weren’t cheap – but they certainly aren’t expensive when you consider all the pads and tampons you buy. I felt it was best to have one pair for the day and one pair for the night time, so washing them was a little hectic but I got there in the end.
On one of my heavier days I used tampons to get me through as I couldn’t deal with the amount of flow sitting there in my undies all day. It still was great not to also have to wear a pad or liner to catch any overflow from the tampon – that was cool.
I’ve since bought four more pairs when they had a free shipping sale which caught my attention as they are shipped from the USA.
Once you’ve finished with them for the day you simply drop them in a bucket of cold water till you’re ready to wash them in your machine on cold. So all in all it was pretty easy and kinda exciting – I know it sounds weird to be excited about having my period and wearing these undies – but it was.
Revolutionising the Period
I like the fact that women are at the helm of this company and are making some headway in period land. I like that they’re changing the face of the period. I feel that menstruation has been given such a bad rap for so long and I don’t think it deserves it.
I know many women experience pain around their period as well as a whole host of other symptoms. But this is simply our body giving us a sign that we are out of balance. This is not how it’s sold to us of course – it’s sold as “the curse”. Personally I don’t plan on selling it that way to my daughter.
In clinic here at the Red Tent Health Centre I have the privilege of helping women get their period back when they lose it (from stress, from mothering, from a whole host of other reasons), I help women reduce the pain of their cycles, clear up PMT, reduce blood flow if there is too much flow. You name it, Chinese medicine can help. It’s very cool that way.
The Final Verdict
I’m a convert! I love period undies. They work, they are comfy and stylish, they make sense, they address a problem that many earth-conscious modern women face (the dilemma of convenience vs consumerism), they are easy to get and they make economic sense too.
Have you tried period undies? Tell us your experience in the comments below. 😊