Any woman who has ever had her period knows the struggle of stained underwear, left behind tampons or pads, and forgotten cycle dates. Well, two girls are trying to find a solution to our #periodproblems and the result is THINX. Radha and Miki Agrawi and their friend Antonia Dunbar have created a self-absorbing, washable, leak-proof underwear that supposedly eliminates the need for tampons or pads.
The underwear comes in three different styles: thong, cheeky and hiphugger, and for a technical panty, they are pretty darn stylish! “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,” Miki Agrawal told Forbes. Not only does the THINX team want to chance the culture around menstruation, the company has a philanthropic side to them as well. They’ve teamed up with AFRIpads, a Ugandan NGO that makes and distributes washable, reusable pads to women in need. For every pair of THINX panties sold, THINX will donate funds for seven pads to AFRIpads, which will allow women and girls on their period to go to school and work.
The underwear ranges between $24 and $34 dollars per pair and though some websites are claiming that the underwear could replace tampons and pads entirely, we don’t think that’s the case. The THINX website states that the underwear “are made to be a backup to tampons or menstrual cups, though some opt to use it as a replacement on lighter days.” We would be interested in seeing how the underwear hold up when Aunt Flow’s in town and we wanna know all the dirty deets! How do they feel when they’re wet? Are they heavy? Are they uncomfortable? And will they give you a rash like some pads do? While the concept is interesting, we might stick to tampons and pads for now – especially since they’re no longer taxed in Canada!