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menstruation underwear?
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:57:25 AM »
We've got a couple of threads going re: nondisposable period products.

This one is specific to this question:
What period panties work AWESOME for you?
Which worked like crap?


I 100% loved Thinx in my first trial of those, but to make a good go of it would need to spend another $150 on Thinx or a drying system for them, because my house is cold and for seven months of the year, outdoors is damp.

Some of us are wondering what cheaper ones are just as awesome, if any are.

Your direct experience with specific brands, styles, stores, and costs of period undies?

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 11:22:41 AM »
Thinx: I have hip-huggers. I love the absolute security. I wear them alone on my medium days because I don't like all the rinsing that goes with wearing them alone on a heavy day, and they seem like serious overkill for cup backup.

Downside: The lace top on the hiphuggers gets tiny holes pretty quickly, so I am concerned about long-term longevity. AND it rolls down under my belly into my still-numb c-section divot.

Bloom undergarments: I have briefs, I think, but these are on close-out and you can no longer choose what kind you want. This is what I wear as cup backup. They are SUPER cheap right now!! They come up nice and high but end sub-belly-button, which is what I like. They can go in the dryer.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloomUndergarments

The only downside is that they are very slippery and make me feel like my pants are falling down.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 11:28:49 AM »
For the Bloom Undergarments, are they necessary to be paired with sanitary products, or do you think they'd hold up by themselves (depending on flow, of course)? The product description and reviews make me think they can't be worn all by their lonesome, but I want to double check.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2017, 11:30:17 AM »
I had the same q, missundecided. The blurb makes them sound more like a pantyliner level of protection, whereas the Thinx are like Bring It On! Looking forward to hearing...

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 11:31:59 AM »
For the Bloom Undergarments, are they necessary to be paired with sanitary products, or do you think they'd hold up by themselves (depending on flow, of course)? The product description and reviews make me think they can't be worn all by their lonesome, but I want to double check.

I wear them on spotting or "better be prepared" days in addition to cup backup. Have not tried them with medium to heavy flow. They don't seem like they would hold nearly as much as Thinx. That was why I ordered them. Thinx felt like "too much" for some days.

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 01:24:37 AM »
Anyone else, too?? :)

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2017, 07:07:14 PM »
Love my Thinx :) I got a pair about 18 months ago (hiphuggers) thinking I'd try for a couple months and see if they held up before I dove in. A year later (this Jan) I realized it had been a year and I still enjoyed my Thinx-days so I dove in with 2x "sporty" and 1x"high waisted" (most of my undies are bikini-style). Sadly, I didn't like the "sporty" as much as I'd like. They're fine, but I'm always afraid they'll slide around--maybe they're just sized differently, or maybe it's the style of the cut, but I want my period panties sitting as close as possible for leak prevention! HW is hands down my favorite, esp for heavy days. Yes they look like granny panties but they help smooth over the crampy, bloated belly without pressure points (lines?) so IDGAF. HH are good too; I have the older model with the flowery lace; I think the newer ones are stretchier/softer on the edges and I think I would like those better. My biggest complaint is they are pretty low in the back on my body. As far as leaks in general: they do leak like pads; when they get too full, or if there's a significant gap. But they're less chafey (my primary motivation!) and less wasteful than pads.

They last 8-12 hours even on my heavy flow days (I can soak through a super in about 4 at the worst of it, for reference); to make them last a day I stretch with tampons: one at night, 1-2 during the day if I'm going out/to work in the first 3 days (if I'm not going out, I can just switch Thinx instead). The last 3 days I can wear Thinx alone, and they last a full 24 (esp if I put them on at night).  Sometimes I'm still sorta going on Day 7 (runs in the family, ugh), and I'll just wear black panties. My 4 pairs last me this whole process, but I do live in CA so things dry in 24 hrs in summer and 48 hrs in winter. And of course, I have to wash and re-wear: I rinse the worst of it out, then spray on some diluted detergent I keep under the counter, scrub the relevant bits against each other a bit and smoosh around, then rinse until water runs clear and non-bubbly. Before washing at the end of the week, I try to soak them overnight with some detergent; seems to help keep the stink away. Adding vinegar to the (machine) wash helps, too (although vinegar is supposed to work in a similar way to fabric softener on a microscopic level, and fabric softener is not recommended...but I've been using it on towels without ill effects so I figured I'd risk it, and if I'm reducing their absorbent life, well I'm increasing their *useful* life, since I won't wear something that reeks!)

On a different-but-related topic, why are people talking about replacing shorts if they have a leak? Blood stains come out quite well if you prewash with COLD water and soap ASAP, then soap it up to await laundry day. On denim, I've used a brush to get the scrubbing done. I haven't thrown out an article of clothing due to my period...probably ever. (I do understand if the stain is very large it might just not be worth it.)

Aaaand my question: on the subject of cups, what have people heard from their gynos on the topic? I'm concerned about keeping it clean, and haven't really seen solid medical recommendations... my own doc advised vaguely against, but she seems very set in her ways and not very interested in new tech (I would switch but I'm likely moving soon anyway).

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2017, 07:57:27 PM »
For the last two months I have been using luna pads. I have both the pads and the boxer briefs, and will likely be ordering the underwear as well. These may have been covered in the nondesposible period products thread, but I just wanted to put in a good word for the boxers. Even tho they aren't an all in one like thinx are, I really don't mind that. Plus they are super comfortable. I recommend sizing up though!!

https://lunapads.com/underwear

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 10:34:39 PM »
Thanks, folks! Would love to keep this thread to period underwear (vs cloth pads, cups, etc), please :)

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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 11:28:29 PM »
For the last two months I have been using luna pads. I have both the pads and the boxer briefs, and will likely be ordering the underwear as well. These may have been covered in the nondesposible period products thread, but I just wanted to put in a good word for the boxers. Even tho they aren't an all in one like thinx are, I really don't mind that. Plus they are super comfortable. I recommend sizing up though!!

https://lunapads.com/underwear

Those boxers look super comfy, and now I have a gift idea for a transman friend...
(maybe I'll get myself some too)

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2017, 11:08:38 AM »
I can now confirm that the Bloom undies do not stand up to actual flow. I was surprised on a hike on what I thought was a mere preliminary day. I had my cup in my pocket but it was a well-traveled hike and nothing I could do.

Fortunately, soaking my hiking shorts in cold salt water as soon as we got home--hours later--did the trick, and I don't think any strangers noticed.

Still, it was entirely unpleasant and a lot of soaking of things, and face punches to me for not either wearing my Thinx or preemptively using the cup.

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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2017, 11:18:28 AM »
Ack, so sorry you experienced that, FP!!!
I'm glad it wasn't worse for you than it was.

Thanks oodles for letting us know!!

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2017, 02:37:07 PM »
Ack, so sorry you experienced that, FP!!!
I'm glad it wasn't worse for you than it was.

Thanks oodles for letting us know!!

You're welcome.

It happened again today. I think my tiny cup overflowed after like 4 hours of use. I am at work. I had to go out to my car, rummage around for the clean Thinx in the overnight bag I happened to be carrying, and change my undies in the work toilet. Fortunately I am wearing a skirt. Now I have gross undies in my work locker and no chance to rinse them until tomorrow night. WTF? This never happens to me. My habit of packing a bizarre and excessive number of undergarments in my overnight bag finally pays off!

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Re: menstruation underwear?
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2017, 01:00:53 PM »
Are we -collectively- declaring Thinx the ultimate in period undies?
No other (cheaper) brand experienced as as-good-or-better?

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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2017, 01:49:05 PM »
I can't get over the cost of these period panties, but I'm interested in converting some of my own undies to be dedicated absorbent period panties.  I have cloth that works (backup to diva cup) but tends to shift around.  Anyone have luck making their own menstruation underwear?  I'm thinking I'll just sew some sort of barrier material to the outside of the panty- maybe a polyester fleece, and then a couple layers of flannel to the interior, and zig zag stitch it all together.

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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2017, 09:31:00 PM »
I can't get over the cost of these period panties, but I'm interested in converting some of my own undies to be dedicated absorbent period panties.  I have cloth that works (backup to diva cup) but tends to shift around.  Anyone have luck making their own menstruation underwear?  I'm thinking I'll just sew some sort of barrier material to the outside of the panty- maybe a polyester fleece, and then a couple layers of flannel to the interior, and zig zag stitch it all together.

Are we -collectively- declaring Thinx the ultimate in period undies?
No other (cheaper) brand experienced as as-good-or-better?

I don't think any other brand uses the same (or similar) type of absorbent/leakproof membrane and I doubt even more that it's available on the consumer market. You're looking at a material that wicks several times its weight in liquid and doesn't release it under pressure (from sitting/moving), but rinses clean after. I know they claim to add silver particles for antimicrobial properties.

I feel like trying to make Thinx is like trying to make a Gore-Tex jacket...except harder because I think you might be able to buy Gore-Tex membrane now... but not that much cheaper since the engineered material is such a big part of the functionality, and not cheap.

It's possible I'm wrong on the complexity of the product, in which case I hope someone corrects me. But that's my personal theory on why anything else I've seen come up under "period panties" seems to be strictly for backup and not as absorbent (or bulky, like cloth pads).

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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2017, 10:08:30 PM »
Yeah... I only have cloth pads to compare them with, and Thinx is something crazy magical!

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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2017, 11:05:40 AM »
Waaait...is this maybe why the blooms lady on Etsy is closing her store? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloomsprive/blooms-prive-the-next-evolution-of-underwear?ref=bko25l&utm_source=goldmountainmedia&utm_term=zuszm.gomo.media&utm_content=gomo-ad3a&utm_medium=facebook

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Hmm this looks interesting. I'm not really getting the clasping sides - they claim it's so you can remove your underwear without getting undressed... but if I remove my underwear wouldn't I theoretically want a new pair to put back on (meaning I'd have to get undressed anyway)?

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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2017, 11:27:23 AM »
Waaait...is this maybe why the blooms lady on Etsy is closing her store? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloomsprive/blooms-prive-the-next-evolution-of-underwear?ref=bko25l&utm_source=goldmountainmedia&utm_term=zuszm.gomo.media&utm_content=gomo-ad3a&utm_medium=facebook

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Hmm this looks interesting. I'm not really getting the clasping sides - they claim it's so you can remove your underwear without getting undressed... but if I remove my underwear wouldn't I theoretically want a new pair to put back on (meaning I'd have to get undressed anyway)?

If you had two of them then you could remove the one, clasp on the other, and not get undressed at all.

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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2017, 11:56:50 AM »
Waaait...is this maybe why the blooms lady on Etsy is closing her store? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloomsprive/blooms-prive-the-next-evolution-of-underwear?ref=bko25l&utm_source=goldmountainmedia&utm_term=zuszm.gomo.media&utm_content=gomo-ad3a&utm_medium=facebook

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Hmm this looks interesting. I'm not really getting the clasping sides - they claim it's so you can remove your underwear without getting undressed... but if I remove my underwear wouldn't I theoretically want a new pair to put back on (meaning I'd have to get undressed anyway)?

If you had two of them then you could remove the one, clasp on the other, and not get undressed at all.

Right, but I'm having trouble envisioning that with jeans or other pants. Am I supposed to just fumble around my nether-regions to clasp on another one?

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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2017, 12:13:47 PM »
Waaait...is this maybe why the blooms lady on Etsy is closing her store? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloomsprive/blooms-prive-the-next-evolution-of-underwear?ref=bko25l&utm_source=goldmountainmedia&utm_term=zuszm.gomo.media&utm_content=gomo-ad3a&utm_medium=facebook

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Hmm this looks interesting. I'm not really getting the clasping sides - they claim it's so you can remove your underwear without getting undressed... but if I remove my underwear wouldn't I theoretically want a new pair to put back on (meaning I'd have to get undressed anyway)?

If you had two of them then you could remove the one, clasp on the other, and not get undressed at all.

Right, but I'm having trouble envisioning that with jeans or other pants. Am I supposed to just fumble around my nether-regions to clasp on another one?

Presumably, yes.

I'm not into the idea because my arrangements do not require changing my undies mid-day, and frankly I like a lot of coverage. Why would I want tiny undies during that time?

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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2017, 01:39:52 PM »
I read it like you could just pop your pants down a smidge and change your underwear in a bathroom stall without having to take pant legs off. I would actually see that as more useful for potty training kids/toddler underwear. I agree that I am rarely in a scenario where changing my underwear is necessary where I am not also changing my pants anyway. I'm not tempted.

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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2017, 02:34:39 PM »
Waaait...is this maybe why the blooms lady on Etsy is closing her store? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloomsprive/blooms-prive-the-next-evolution-of-underwear?ref=bko25l&utm_source=goldmountainmedia&utm_term=zuszm.gomo.media&utm_content=gomo-ad3a&utm_medium=facebook

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Hmm this looks interesting. I'm not really getting the clasping sides - they claim it's so you can remove your underwear without getting undressed... but if I remove my underwear wouldn't I theoretically want a new pair to put back on (meaning I'd have to get undressed anyway)?

If you had two of them then you could remove the one, clasp on the other, and not get undressed at all.

Right, but I'm having trouble envisioning that with jeans or other pants. Am I supposed to just fumble around my nether-regions to clasp on another one?

You'd go to the bathroom, and possibly even put on one before fully taking off the other. Slip between legs, do up left, do up right. Slip down old, undo left, undo right, fold up into pocket. I'm seeing a lot of potential for camping (not necessarily with periods); changing undies while camping is one of my least favorite things. But for periods it seems like it would resolve the cleanliness/freshness issue. You would *have* to change them mid-day though b/c they only supposedly hold 1Tbsp = 15g = just a little more than one super tampon. I dunno if I see $20+ potential though, given I'm already stocked with Thinx...

I read it like you could just pop your pants down a smidge and change your underwear in a bathroom stall without having to take pant legs off. I would actually see that as more useful for potty training kids/toddler underwear. I agree that I am rarely in a scenario where changing my underwear is necessary where I am not also changing my pants anyway. I'm not tempted.

Now THERE's an idea! Maybe with velcro instead of clasps? and of course, Paw-Patrol prints :D (At least, that's what I hear my friends' kids are into these days)

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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2017, 07:18:00 AM »
I can't get over the cost of these period panties, but I'm interested in converting some of my own undies to be dedicated absorbent period panties.  I have cloth that works (backup to diva cup) but tends to shift around.  Anyone have luck making their own menstruation underwear?  I'm thinking I'll just sew some sort of barrier material to the outside of the panty- maybe a polyester fleece, and then a couple layers of flannel to the interior, and zig zag stitch it all together.
I don't think any other brand uses the same (or similar) type of absorbent/leakproof membrane and I doubt even more that it's available on the consumer market. You're looking at a material that wicks several times its weight in liquid and doesn't release it under pressure (from sitting/moving), but rinses clean after. I know they claim to add silver particles for antimicrobial properties.

I feel like trying to make Thinx is like trying to make a Gore-Tex jacket...except harder because I think you might be able to buy Gore-Tex membrane now... but not that much cheaper since the engineered material is such a big part of the functionality, and not cheap.

It's possible I'm wrong on the complexity of the product, in which case I hope someone corrects me. But that's my personal theory on why anything else I've seen come up under "period panties" seems to be strictly for backup and not as absorbent (or bulky, like cloth pads).

I actually live near Gore and have sheets of gore-tex in my house that we use for outdoor blankets (picnic, beach, etc.), but I debate the breathability so I haven't used them in my homemade cloth back up.  I'm basing the period panty build on what I already know about my homemade cloth, which was based on my knowledge of cloth diapering materials.  I'll report back if I try it soon.

On those not understanding the clasp thing, it's pretty much like diapers.  Fasten one side, then the other, no threading feet/legs into hole necessary.

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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2017, 09:11:41 AM »
I just wanted to report back that I bought the Bloom undergarments on closeout based on this and another thread and mostly because $5 was easier to spend than the $30 for thinx.  I am finally able to try to them out this week.  I wore the "full" style to bed at my heaviest flow (which probably isn't that heavy for some of you out there) and woke up with clean sheets even with getting in and out of bed with sick kids all night.  Based on my experiment, I definitely wouldn't wear them alone during the day and sure as hell not to work, but they do offer my skin a reprieve from irritating pads at night.  I foresee me using them at night and on the last day(s) of my period when my uterus sometimes likes to surprise me with a last hoorah.  I'm still pining for thinx.  I'd love to not have to deal with pads.

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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2017, 10:36:32 AM »
Very cool, batemama!!! Thanks so much for the scoop :)