Hi there! My name is Lara and I, along with half of the world's population, have a period. I have been experiencing a period pretty much every month since I was around 13 years old. I am now 28 years old. That is around15-plus years of period experience under my belt. I've seen some blood. And some shit. And other stuff.
My period is pretty regular and generally comes every month. It is also literal hell on earth thanks, in large part, to the fact that I have endometriosis. One of the (many) symptoms I experience personally with my endometriosis is pain with insertion due to pelvic floor issues. Because of this, I have long been looking for an alternative to tampons and cups.
Obviously I could use pads, but since the world as we know it continues to slowly disintegrate before our eyes thanks to global warming, I also wanted something that was environmentally friendly! That's why I decided to try Thinx.
Here’s a little diagram from the Thinx website that shows how the fabric absorbs your blood:
When I finally decided to take the plunge and use Thinx a little over a year ago I was very skeptical. It just looked like...underwear? I didn't understand how it was going to hold my blood and clots while also not making me feel as if I was sitting in a pool of my own blood at all times.
The first time I wore them I was uncomfortable, to say the least. I felt like everyone could tell that I was walking around just leaking blood into my underwear. But I was pleasantly surprised by how the fabric really did its best to absorb so much of the wetness (sorry) of my flow that I didn't feel like I was just sitting in a pool of my own blood.
But by my fourth period wearing these things, I was used to it. And in fact, it felt as if my flow started to...change? I felt like I was somehow bleeding less, but it also felt more free. It's hard to explain, but I somehow felt like I was simultaneously leaking less blood while also having a wave of cleaner, less painful blood leave me. It just felt more free.
I also had less pain during my period. That's not to say my cramps changed. They didn't really. But wearing tampons or cups can be so uncomfortable for me internally, and wearing this underwear just isn't, therefore I was more comfortable during my cycle. That's all I can really ask for.