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I am here to sing the virtues of Thinx underwear, since I have been using their Hiphuggers ($34) for over a year now and they are truly pulling their weight during lockdown — but first, I'd *love* to overshare about my period.
For context, when it comes to my cycle, my uterus is extremely not here to play. I've heard the words "But how could that HAPPEN?" to more of my period misadventures than I can count, but that chick from Mean Girls with the heavy flow? WE EXIST.
Everybody seems to want to give me advice on how to mitigate this, but no amount of "just sleep on a towel" or "you're using the wrong products" has ever been able to help.
Now that you are somewhat acquainted with the history of my menstrual cycle, I can tell you that it has a semi-happy ending in that Thinx period-proof underwear has solved a large percentage of my period problems.
If you're unfamiliar with Thinx, it's a brand of washable, reusable, moisture-wicking underwear that absorbs period blood to either replace pads and tampons or be used in addition to them.
While they have a lot of underwear shapes, I can only speak to the Hiphuggers — their standard pair — which I primarily love because they stay the heck put.
And that ability to lock in place means they solve a huge issue I have as someone who prefers pads over tampons: when you shift your body just slightly to the left, and before you know it blood is escaping out of the crotch of your undies and onto your unsuspecting jeans.
What I also love about the Hiphuggers is that they are ridiculously comfortable. I am the queen of granny panties and a big diva about being as cozy as possible at all times, so trust that I am difficult to please in this department.
They also have solved my number one period pet nightmare, which is bleeding onto the sheets at night. Annoying at all times, but especially annoying when we are all in various degrees of lockdown and in/around our beds way more often by default.
I don't use them to fully *replace* tampons and pads — like, I can hear my uterus laughing in the distance at the mere thought — but so far they have been fail-proof in catching whatever a tampon or pad doesn't catch (which for some of us, unfortunately, can be ... uh ... a lot).
It's also just nice to have something that helps cut down on pad and tampon use in general — I tried menstrual cups and just can't swing it, but knowing I have these on hand as the way we shop is changing has been kind of a relief.
Which brings me to my next point — Thinx underwear washes and dries really well. They're fully machine washable, but I usually just wring them out and wash them in the sink and hang them up to dry. It really only takes a few hours for them to be ready to rumble again.
The biggest merit to these, though, is that they just plain eliminate a thing I have to worry about. And in a world where there are *gestures vaguely and forever* so many things to worry about, it is really nice to have even a little thing like unnecessary period drama get knocked off the list.