Warning: This post is geared towards women. If you are a male reader, please feel free to keep reading because you most likely will learn something. But consider this your warning that the information may be a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone.
In 2012 I posted about Periods and Papua New Guinea, although it’s an uncomfortable topic for some, I think it’s important to at least start a discussion. And I do have to say, that because of that post, conversations have been opened with multiple people. Admittedly, with some hesitation and caveats but the conversations still happened. Now, 5 years later I figured it was time to post a little update.
When I first started using a menstrual cup, I was using it because it was practical. I’ve tried both the Moon Cup and the Diva Cup, although there are other brands out there. The shape and flexibility of the cup seem to be the main differences so it’s just a matter of preference. In Papua New Guinea the cup helped because it was expensive to import other products and carrying one item only for an entire period is just easier. But now after using these products for a longer time it’s become about something more. Not only do I appreciate the practicality of a menstrual cup but I love that I don’t have to go out and buy more products every month. I don’t have used products filling up my trash can. And I can feel good about not adding more waste to a world filled with too many disposable items. Why not use something that makes your life easier instead of more complicated?My one complaint about the menstrual cup is that it sometimes leaks. Not all the time, not even a lot of the time but sometimes. After all these years I don’t know how to prevent it completely although I’ve learned some tricks that I think do help. But on really heavy days, overnight or in certain situations it’s sometimes nice to have a little backup. Pads were not an option for me or even panty liners. Nope. So when I saw an ad on Facebook for Thinx and heard a couple of friends tout their praises, I decided to give them a try.
I do not think I will ever use these as advertised for complete period protection, the menstrual cup is just too easy, less messy and practical for me. However, as backup, as caution pre-period or in that post-period transition, I think they are great. And although I have not yet been pregnant, I have heard that these are also great for post birth. If anyone wants to try them out for complete period protection, feel free to report back. I’d love to hear from someone I know instead of just the testimonials (which in general are pretty positive).
I love that there are all different styles of Thinx and they are also pretty. So anyone, regardless of your taste in underwear can find a pair that works. I also like that they are easy to clean and feel like normal underwear. Note: there is a slight thickness to them, there has to be for any protection but way less thickness than even the thinest panty liner. I’ve only tried one style but I’d definitely try others in the future and I’m very happy with how they work for me.
Thinx are not inexpensive but they do offer great deals and in comparison to what you would pay for typical period products or regular underwear, they really aren’t too extremely expensive either. If you would like to try them out and use this link: Buy Thinx, you can get $10 of Thinx credit. This also gives me $10 credit so it’s a win win for everyone. I typically wouldn’t include a link like this but you benefit from it too and it might be the incentive you need to give them a try.
Menstrual cups, Thinx and period talk may not be a glamorous conversation but periods are a monthly reality for most women and anything that can help make that time of the month easier is a positive thing for me.