How Period-Proof Underwear Help Me and the Planet

Learn all about period-proof underwear and pee-proof panties, including how they work as eco-friendly, reusable products for menstruation and bladder leaks.
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As women we learn all too early the indignities of the monthly period. From the teenage years when you are absolutely sure your maxi pad is making a giant bulge in the back of your pants, to the drama of swimming during your period, the fear of leaks, the worry of being unprepared and on and on…..

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Does Your Period Hold You Back?

When I was younger, the fear (and often the pain) of my periods kept me from doing things. The worst was gym class – I skipped that as often as possible. As a young adult, I realized there were no excuses in the real world….so period or not, I’d head out to work, armed with an arsenal of ibuprofen, pads and tampons. But when it came to getting exercise, I’d skip the gym and head home to eat chocolate and sit on the couch. Now, as a mom of two kids and enough years around the sun to make me wise, I know that the worse I feel, the more important it is to exercise. Those endorphins you get from exercise (I like to call them happy hormones) are like nature’s drugs – they are free and have no side effects! So now I prioritize exercise, even when I’m feeling crappy, because it helps me feel happier and healthier in so many ways. Yet there’s still the fear of leaks….that doesn’t go away, no matter what your age.
THINX organic cotton period panties in black and Icon pee-proof undies in blue.
THINX period panties and Icon pee-proof undies are a great backup for those days when you’re just not sure what’s going to happen down there.

How THINX Period-Proof Underwear Can Help

Period products have come a looooong way since I first started menstruating. Now we’ve got so many choices – organic cotton tampons, menstrual cups, reusable pads and more. I almost wish I could do it over again……wait, NO WAY! Actually, my sister gave me some reusable menstrual pads many, many years ago – long before they were popular – and you know what I did with them? Turned them into shoe polishing pads. True story! But the one thing I really wish had been around earlier? Period panties. What are period panties? THINX period-proof panties are washable, reusable underwear that absorb your period flow and are a more sustainable solution than single-use disposable products. Depending on your flow, THINX can replace pads, tampons, liners, and cups, or be worn with tampons and cups for extra protection. Here’s what I like about THINX period-proof panties:
  • Feel – THINX feel just like regular underwear. The signature 4-layer lining is only a little bit thicker than regular undies.
  • Fit – THINX are super comfy and snug where they need to be, but not tight at all. They offer hiphuggers, thongs and everything in between.
  • Material – Love that they have organic cotton options!
  • Use – My heavy days are over (thank goodness!) but THINX are great for light days and as backup on days when I’m not sure what’s going on.
  • Care – They are machine washable and easy to care for (rinse after use, then cold water wash, line drying is recommended.)
  • Sustainability – This is one of my favorite features because you know I love my reusable products! Did you know the average person with a period uses 11,000 pads, tampons, and panty liners in their lifetime? THINX can help cut down that number drastically!
Read more about how THINX work here – they have a very helpful and fun website! Bottom line, I can pull on a pair of THINX and head to my barre, pilates or cycle class and not have to worry about leaks at all!
That’s me at my favorite barre class in Minneapolis!

Icon Pee-Proof Underwear

As if the indignities of the monthly period wasn’t enough…. if you’ve had kids and/or are getting on in years, you may start to experience bladder leaks. Yep, peeing your pants is not just for toddlers anymore. In fact, 1 in 3 women experience occasional urinary incontinence, from younger ladies to grandmas. Speaking from experience here – a few years ago I took my kids to the trampoline park for some much-needed exercise during the winter months. As any good mom would do, I got myself a jumping pass too. I love trampolines!
But much to my surprise, after just a few minutes of jumping, I had a bladder boo-boo and had to run for the bathroom and grab wads of toilet paper to deal with it. Clearly I didn’t do enough kegals! Ever since then, I have always worn pads to the trampoline park. Now I have a better solution. Speax pee-proof undies! Yes! These underwear are very similar to THINX (and made by the same company), but are slightly modified to work better for bladder leaks. Speax undies are so much better than pads or panty liners because they are breathable, naturally anti-microbial and do not contain any fragrances like some pads do. And best of all, they are reusable! Better for you and better for the planet – that’s a win-win for sure! In my experience, THINX period panties and Icon pee-proof undies are a great backup for those days when you’re just not sure what’s going to happen down there. They help me feel comfortable and confident so I can do all the things I love to do! Plus getting me closer to my zero waste goals – gotta love that too! Want to try THINX or ICON undies? Mindful Momma readers get $5 off with the code MICAELA5.

Have you tried period-proof or pee-proof undies? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

     
 

2 Comments

  1. Reusable Menstrual Cups says:

    LOVE using period panties for spotting (others use them for incontinence, back-up to a menstrual cup or tampon, etc). instead of pantyliners. They’re far less irritating, are way cheaper and I feel good about not throwing stuff into the trash. There’s nothing not to love!

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