sent me three pairs to try out: the Hiphugger, a low-rise and
full-coverage style for heavy days; the Sport, a classic bikini
style for medium days; and the Cheeky, a skimpier style for light days.
As soon as I took them out of the package, I was skeptical. The panties
felt too … normal. Where was the diaper-like insert? Nowhere to be
found. In fact, the crotch (black, of course) was more like that of
a bathing suit. Plus, they didn’t look like granny panties — they’re
actually pretty cute!
got my period while at the Seventeen.com office late in the
afternoon and didn’t have my Thinx with me. Fail! Luckily, my first day
is often super light. I popped on a panty liner and went about my day
and wore a light-day pad to bed. The true test would have to wait until
tomorrow, aka my heaviest flow day.
leaves it up to you how you want to wear the undies. Basically, the
heavy-day style holds up to two tampons worth of blood. Only you know
your flow, so you can wear them as a backup to pads, tampons, or cups,
or you can wear them on their own. My period can be pretty heavy on the
second day (I change my pad about two to three times), so I decided to
wear the Hiphuggers with a light pad as backup.
A few hours into the day, I decided to go all in
and removed the pad. I was nervous AF, but I was wearing black pants; I
figured the worst that could happen would be I leak a little. But guess
what? NO LEAKS, which is crazy because you still feel the blood coming
out of you, you just don’t see it anywhere.
The crotch wasn’t wet at all, and it didn’t feel full or saggy.
before bed, I followed the directions and rinsed out my Thinx undies.
Weirdly, blood didn’t come rushing out like I was expecting. The water
was a little darker, sure, but nothing too intense. I hand-washed with
Woolite and cold water, hung them to dry, and cried aloud, “WHERE DID
ALL OF THE BLOOD GO? WHERE?”
skies didn’t answer, so I did a little research: There are four
super-thin micro-layers at work to absorb the blood. Thinx’s fancy
technology makes them not only leak-resistant, but
also moisture-wicking and antimicrobial. You feel dry because the top of
the four layers quickly wicks away liquid into the absorption pad
I had days to go and only two dry pairs, so I went to bed in regular
underwear with a pad. This is where it gets a little tricky: You
definitely need a collection of Thinx if you want to wear them every day
like I did, because there’s the daytime, the nighttime, and the rinsing
in between to think about.
had planned on wearing the same Hiphugger pair because my day three
flow is still pretty heavy, but they weren’t dry yet, so I opted for the
Sport style. This was the Saturday before Easter, and I was traveling
to see my family in Philadelphia by train. There was no option to change
my clothes for hours so I crossed my fingers that the panties would
hold up on a day when I usually go through one to two pads. And they
did. Completely! By the time I got to my grandmother’s house a few hours
later, I still felt totally dry. I actually forgot that I had my period
for a few minutes. Crazy!
was a bit of an icky moment though. You know how not everything that
comes out of you is totally liquid? It’s normal to have some clots that
come out, which is why blood sometimes looks clumpy. There was a small
amount of that on the crotch of my underwear so I just wiped it off with
toilet paper. Problem solved.
actually felt like I could wear this pair to bed because they felt so
clean, but … couldn’t. Instead, I washed them, hung them up to dry,
and went to bed wearing my third pair, the Cheeky. I don’t bleed much at
night, but if I did, I would’ve just added a pad.
is my medium-to-light day, so you’d think I’d be super confident by
now, waking up and sticking with my Cheeky pair. But it was Easter, and I
was wearing a pastel-blue dress without tights to brunch with 20 of my
family members and about 100 strangers. There could be no leaks! I went
to the bathroom to check on them more I had on heavier days and was
leak-free each time.
night, I went commando to bed. Call me a risk taker, but like
I said, I don’t bleed much overnight, especially on day four.
was out of underwear so I wore the Hiphuggers again. Though this was my
lightest day, I didn’t mind wearing them at all because they’re so
undiaper-y. My train ride back to NYC was a total success!
officially Thinx-obsessed. They just worked for me. I didn’t have to
stress about having supplies with me or worry that I’d kept a tampon in
for too long. I really only thought about my period in the morning and
before bed, and not much else during the day. I also felt less wasteful
because I wasn’t throwing out pads and tampons. Yay, environment!
undies made me feel more confident too. I’m usually wearing loose
clothes on heavy days since I’m worried you can see the line of a pad.
But I felt great in my tight pants and spring dress. Yes, $34 is a lot
for a pair of underwear, but it’s worth it to me because it makes my
period so much less of a hassle. I’ll be buying the thong and
high-waisted styles for sure. Having your period is not fun for anyone,
so #TreatYourself, right?
Our menstrual cycle isn’t designed to be miserable. Periods should be without incident every 28 days without fail, shutting off by day 5, lasting no longer than 6 days, with a peak at day three, with a light to moderate flow. If this isn’t happening to you, then your estrogen is too low and you need to get it up and cycled properly.
PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis are all estrogen deficiency diseases and will go away once the estrogen deficiency issue is addressed. If your practitioner keeps telling you it’s “normal” and prescribes you something to treat the symptoms, find another practitioner who will take this seriously.
PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis may be normal but they don’t have to be.
Ayurveda says that bleeding every month gives us a distinct advantage over men, and it’s probably why we live longer than they do. It sounds weird, I know, but that’s because Ayurveda believes that your monthly is much more than a way to shed the ol’ uterine lining.
Think of it as a built-in detox cleanse that you get to do every 25 to 35 days, one in which all the toxins— the sticky, icky stuff Ayurveda calls ama— that have accumulated during the month get a free ride out. These toxins can come from anything your body hasn’t digested— bad food, stress at work or at home, even any emotions you’ve shoved down.
Of course, if you’ve taken good care of yourself all month long, your body should have a pretty easy time self-cleansing. But if you’ve pigged out on junk food, hit the Red Bull a little too hard, functioned with barely any sleep, skipped out on your usual yoga classes, or failed to deal with hurt or angry feelings that cropped up, guess what? It’ll be a drag later on in the month.
Add these if they speak to you!
1. Focus on your breath on Day 1
While you’re taking it easy on the first day of your period, your body is working really hard to move the menstrual blood (and all the toxins it finds) down and out.
You can help it along by focusing on soothing, conscious breaths, with a special emphasis on the exhale.
This type of breathing will encourage what yogis call the apana vayu— the downward-moving wind energy. Apana vayu (a type of prana, or life force) not only governs menstruation and digestion, but it also allows us to let go of what no longer serves us— destructive thoughts or negative emotions.
2. Be selfish
The first day or two should be a time for reflection. This is a perfect opportunity to do a loving-kindness toward yourself, your family, and your friends. It can really help dislodge you from the poor-me attitude your cycle has unleashed.
Focusing on your basic goodness— after all, you’re beautiful just the way you are— turn it inward and then toward the people you love (even if you’re not feeling all that loving toward them right now!).
Sit down comfortably either on a cushion or in a chair. Close your eyes and allow your breath to find its natural rhythm. And then turn your attention to the area around your heart.
Breathing in and out of your heart space, repeat the following several times to yourself:
May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be free from harm.
And now visualize someone in your family, and repeat
May s/ he be happy, May s/ he be healthy, May s/ he be free from harm.
Repeat the same meditation/ prayer with one of your close friends in your heart.
3. Give yourself an Ayurvedic massage
Begin your massage with a loving attitude— toward your body and your mind— and focus your awareness on the task at hand.
Warm some sesame, almond, or coconut oil and massage a thin coating over your whole body.
Use long strokes on your arms and legs— moving from the tips of the toes and fingers in toward the body— and circular movements on your joints.
Let the oil soak in and then shower in warm water. No need for soap. If you want to feel even more luxurious and rejuvenated, massage some of the warm oil into your scalp, onto your forehead and temples, and the soles of your feet just before bed. Throw on a pair of cotton socks and call it a night.
Sure, I can do a strong practice anytime I like, but I have to say, I love to treat myself to a menstrual sequence at that time of the month.
A truly restorative menstrual practice allows me to feel nurtured and supported and, by the end of it, more focused and energized. What’s not to love?
A moon-time practice includes all kinds of poses— mostly restorative— but what sets it apart is the focus you bring to it: an opportunity to listen deeply, relax completely, and allow your body to work its apana magic.
Choose poses that create space between your rib cage and your abdomen. Pay particular attention to your breathing.
Leave the standing pose sequences until you have more strength and energy.
If your belly feels tight, breathe into that space, softening and releasing. If your chest is constricted, direct your breath there. If you have cramps, allow your breath to flow all the way into your uterus, releasing and relaxing your entire body.
A menstrual practice allows you to open the pelvic area, bring space to your abdomen and reproductive organs, and even has a bit of a drying effect on your uterus.
Create a practice that will make you feel like a princess— cared for and pampered.