The Truth About Thinx Period Panties (Unsponsored Review)

You’ve probably seen their ads all over FB.  “Can these panties disrupt the $15 Billion feminine hygiene market?” Well guess what? I finally ordered four pair and tried them out during my last cycle. You know I’m about to tell you the truth about them.

Before I begin his review, let me just state very clearly, this is NOT a sponsored review of Thinx. Thinx did not send me anything in exchange for this review. I voluntarily parted with $119.30 of my own money for these panties. The opinions and views expressed here are my very own, and I will be VERY candid in this review (blood, tampons, stains, blood art, pads… etc.) so you have been warned.

Alright, let’s go. But first, watch this:

What is it?

Indeed. What the heck are Thinx? That’s what I wanted to know after seeing their FB ad a few times a month. FB advertising works ya’ll. Thinx primed and peaked my curiosity masterfully over 3-4 months via FB. Very well done Thinx. High-Five!

So here’s what their website describes Thinx period panties as:

“The only period proof underwear.”

“Period Panties for Modern Women.”

“Period Proof Underwear that Protects You from Leaks and Keeps You Feeling Dry.”

Thinx Review Screenshot

Thinx Panties Review Screenshot of How it Works Page

Notice the “So, wait… Do these replace tampons and pads?” at the bottom.

 

Thinx Review Screenshot of How Does it Work?

Who is it for?

Thinx are for girls and women who have periods.

How Much Does Thinx Cost?

The price range for Thinx is from $24 up to $38 per pair.

Do they actually work?

Now this is where things get messy (pun intended). If you intend to wear Thinx ONLY during your period, we’re talking free-flowing, then girl no! They don’t work! Do not use Thinx as a tampon replacement or a diva cup replacement. Don’t even buy them if that’s what you intend. Despite the 20+ reviews on Youtube and via random bloggers, whatever you do, don’t free flow with Thinx if your monthly flow has ever stained or leaked during your entire period life. Did you get that? If you have ever had a period accident… Ever… Since having your period, then do not free-flow in Thinx. Regardless of what every youtuber says. There will be blood… visible blood.

Here’s My Own Personal Experience with Thinx

So I ordered four pair of Thinx and I was so excited about them that I announced it on FB in one of my private mommy communities. Seriously, paying $100+ for period underwear is MAJOR, and I was counting down the days until they arrived, hopefully before my period.

I ordered (2) Sports (1) Hip Hugger and (1) Cheeky. I placed my online order on May 23rd and received the package on May 27th. For Hawaii, that is pretty awesome. Oh, and the packaging was really cute.

+1 Point for Delivery and Packaging

Prior to my purchase, I read a few reviews (5-6) and watched a few youtube videos. Here’s the impression I got from these reviews, “Girrrl, you don’t need no pads and tampons. All you need is Thinx! You can free-flow in these panties all damn day and guess what? Not a single leak!” That’s the impression I walked away with after researching Thinx.

First day of period

I put on a pair of the sporty Thinx around 4PM, right before coaching a mommy fitness session. My first day of flow is pretty light, but just to be safe, I wore black fitness pants with them. I mean, Thinx we’re cool, but I don’t know you like that right now to trust you with my white jeans! Although your website says otherwise…

The sporty cut was a little off for me, it felt like they didn’t really fit my butt. They kept riding up. Which was disappointing because the waist was a little big. It seemed as if  perhaps my butt was a little too round for them. And I don’t have a lot of butt either, but the butt that I do have is round. I ordered the small (I wear a size 0-2, XS in clothing normally). I was tempted to snap a photo and show you, but, I don’t want a photo of me in my period panties out on the internet. Suffice it to say, I’m petite, but my butt roundness might have been a little too much for Thinx.

-1 Point for Fit

So I wore them for about four hours. Then I put on another pair to sleep in, because, what I really want to know is, “Will I wake up with blood on my sheets?” I woke up and no blood! Woohooo! So, I was most excited about no more leaks at night. It was a pretty awesome first night of my period with Thinx!

+1 Point for No Night Leaks

Second Day of Period.

I’m convinced Thinx is the bomb.com (their words on their packaging, not mine). So a sista gets a little bold. I contemplated wearing my precious, coveted, hug me in the all of the right places white jeans to my office, but again, Thinx I don’t know you like that. So I wore some tie-dyed jeans instead (they are cuter than they sound), my thinking behind this was, if I should happen to have a leak, the free form blood spots could potentially blend in with the design, minimizing public embarrassment.

I put on a pair of the Hip Huggers around 8AM, went to my office and did some work in  until 12PM. I returned home and was feeling kind of ‘wet’ as in ‘leaking blood wet’, so I decided to give my precious Thinx a check, and here’s a photo of what I saw.

Thinx Period Panties Leak

Thinx Leaking PantiesOh no!

My free-flow was too much for Thinx to handle. I was deflated. It kinda felt like you’d learned your best friend was talking about you behind your back or something. I felt let down. I had such high hopes for Thinx. (sigh)

So I took off my pants, and in the middle of taking them off, I received a Skype call on my computer from my husband, and a phone call from a mom interested in one of my fitness classes.  So I sat down at my desk chair, took down all of her information, all the while keeping my 18 month old entertained with an orange and a quarter on my desk, with my husband patiently waiting via video for my client call to end on Skype, in leaking period panties. By the end of the phone call plus my Skype video call, I had forgotten about my leaky period panties. But I was quickly reminded when I got up from my chair.

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-3 Points for MAJOR Leaking

Side Note: Did you know there is something called period art, where some women paint with their monthly fluids. (gag) Yes, it’s true. The photo above reminded me of that.

Back to the story, I removed my precious back-stabbing Thinx, found a tampon, and went back to old faithful on my heavy days, the tampon. I put on another pair of Thinx panties because, I realize that perhaps Thinx is more of a ‘panty-liner’ replacement than a tampon replacement. And that’s when I started meticulously reading their website copy because somehow, I felt I had missed something.

What I Like About Thinx

I like that Thinx is trying to solve a BIG problem. What is that? The problem of blood leaks, stained clothing and sheets during your monthly. I also like that they are trying to solve it with a more sustainable product.

+ 1 Point for Mission & Problem Solving

I like Thinx’s branding. I want to meet their marketing team and learn from them. They are the sh*t. They are good. Thinx if you’re reading this, great job on the marketing, branding, and advertising. You guys rock! You know your audience and you woo the heck out of them! Huge fan here in Hawaii.

I LOVE that Thinx is thinking about girls in developing countries and is empowering them to sew reusable cloth pads for their periods. You know what would be even cooler? If Thinx showed them how to sew actual Thinx underwear by themselves. Bam! Then, Thinx would be helping girls in the developing world from leaking just like us in the developed world.

What I Don’t Like About Thinx

I don’t like the cut of their sport panties. And I ordered two. The cut is for flat butts. There, I said it. If you’re butt isn’t flat, don’t get the sport panties. They will annoy you. You’ll be digging them out all day. Trust me.

I don’t like that they leaked during my free-flow. I seriously got the impression from their website and reviews that free-flowing in Thinx was the purpose. The website says, “Thinx definitely eliminates the need for panty-liners.” And that is so true. It does that. Only, it seemed as if they were trying to send the message that they are much more than a panty-liner. To me, I got the impression that one could free-flow like Wyclef in Thinx. They had me really hyped up.

[Cue the Fugees “Fu-gee-la”]

Thus, while I think the marketing team of Thinx are geniuses, I do however, think the overall message of Thinx hypes it up to be a bit more than it really is. Does it replace the panty-liner or does it do more? I guess it depends on your flow, as they say on their site. Hmmmm, maybe I am disappointed with the reviewers? Perhaps I’m simply among the minority of reviewers who just can’t free flow in Thinx? I don’t know. But there is definitely some disappointment with Thinx that exists. Who’s to blame for it? I don’t know.

My Overall Impression of Thinx

Here’s what I know, Thinx has prompted me to really get my stuff together when it comes to my monthly flow. I’m trying out the Diva cup next. I’m going for it. I really like the idea of not using throw-away paper products for my monthly. I also felt liberated, if only for one day, form that freakin’ tampon. Thanks Thinx!

Will I use Thinx again? Yeah, I think i’ll keep them as my night-time leak protection panties. But, since the fit is kind of strange, I doubt I’ll wear them out if it involves a lot of moving around.

Finally, Thinx, we’re cool. But, I’m so so so happy I didn’t mess up my cute, ‘hug me in all of the right places white jeans’, using you. That #4 Lead Resistant claim on your website… I don’t know about all of that…

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Are Thinx Really the Sh*t?
  • Price
    7
  • Style
    10
  • Fit
    5
  • Met My Expectations
    5
The Good

Love their mission

The Bad

It merely replaces the disposable panty-liner.

6.810
Takara Bullock

Takara is a thirty-something wife, mother-of-three sweet girls, web designer, and FIT4MOM Honolulu Owner. Before Hawaii, she resided in Japan for six years where she researched as a Fulbright Fellow and later worked as a headhunter recruiting talent in the tech industry. Fun Little Ohana was created to help families with children have more fun on Oahu. Subscribe to our Oahu with Kids Weekly Email for more family-fun ideas.

30 Comments
  1. Thanks for your entertaining review! I thought about trying Thinx, but I already have some Sckoon organic cotton period panties with a waterproof layer. Thinx makes it sound like they invented period panties, but many of the brands making cloth pads have also been selling panties for years. Sounds like Thinx would work just right paired with a menstrual cup.

  2. Thanks for reviewing these, I’ve been pondering the purchase. I’m a big fan of diva cup, hope it works for you (though I still use a light pad for just in case). Wonder if the two could work together and eliminate all the disposables.

  3. Thanks so much for your honest review! I thought I was the only one who couldn’t “free flow” with Thinx. I guess it is a good back up for tampons or the diva cup, but I definitely agree that all the reviews (and their website) make it seem like you should be able to free flow and be protected. I too ruined a pair of pants!

  4. i tried it today & am so confused! i read great reviews & both the website & packaging says its leak proof. Well, i decided to try them on my last day when my flow is minimal & by minimal i mean that it is scarce! i wore them for 3 hours ( the ones that absorb 1 & a half tampon) & i rubbed a tissue from the outside; it stained bloody! so disappointed & mad actually for wasting my money but more for the fact that i thought they would be like they claim(something great)!

  5. Thanks for your honest and bold response to this. I was wondering if the reviews I was reading were somehow sponsored by Thanx since they were all so positive. I was thinking of experimenting with these since it would in theory save me money in the long run if I’m not constantly spending money on pads (I’m not a tampon girl at all), and it would be more environmentally friendly.
    The other thing I’m concerned about is that I’m a bigger girl, and those models on the site looked like even they were squeezing into them.
    But if I’m going to have to double up potentially on pads and panties, then there’s not much point in trying them out. My funds are pretty slim as I’m just about to move to another country to go to school for the next few years.
    Thank you again for honest review of the product!

  6. I am a Baker and must wear white every day to work and I have heavy periods, like a tampon per hour. I bought some thinx for extra protection and then wore white shorts under my pants. It didn’t even make it to my lunch. It was like my flow came so fast it couldn’t absorb fast enough so it leaked out the sides. Still need to wear a pad.

  7. Thank you do much for your honest review! I have been debating on whether to buy these panties as a replacement for both my pads and tampons, and (like yourself) was convinced by both the website and other reviews that it was intended for that purpose. My flow for the first two or three days is extremely heavy, to the point that I have to lay a towel down on my bed in order to avoid staining my sheets. You have just saved me a world of disappointment, and at least now if I decide to try these, it will be with the understanding that they are simply backup, not replacements.

  8. Love your review – Very funny and informative. I was also under the impression that I could free-flow in these. I’m glad I found your review before spending a bunch of money. I’m curious about what you thought of the Diva cup – I’ve been looking for safer alternatives to stop using tampons and a lot of people tell me about the cup.

  9. I find that a pair of hiphuggers fits me nicely and works in place of about one pad before it starts leaking. I wear it on light days when I need a break from chafing with a pad and change at lunchtime when I’m home. The panties start feeling wet before they leak, so that’s a good sign that it’s time to change.

  10. Thank you for reviewing these so honestly. I could never gamble on the $100+ for a starter set, even with all those positive reviews out there. Since turning 35, I bleed for days. And with an IUD it’s very heavy. No way would these work at all. I agree that the mission is great but as other comments have said, there are many affordable cloth products out there. I use cloth at night (they are too bulky and wrinkly with daytime clothes) and have only made that purchase once in ten years.

  11. I wanted to love Thinx *so* bad, and at first, I did.

    I’ve been primarily using Thinx for nearly a year. At first, they seemed to work—even with my irregular and sometimes very heavy flow [it used to border on straight-up dangerous: I’d lose six ounces in a single cycle, which I kept track of using a DivaCup, as a result of health complications from a copper IUD which I have obviously since removed], as long as I changed them often enough [up to two or three times in a 24-hour span] they were leak-free and kept me dry.

    I evangelized. So hard. To every woman I knew. I was obsessed.

    Then…I noticed that they kind of stopped working as well after the first couple months, despite my following the care instructions to a tee.

    They started leaking–even after just a little bit of bleeding.

    Moreover, they stopped wicking away the blood and keeping me dry–they’re not breathable [since they’re supposed to be leak-proof] and started to just feel *really* gross…like I had saran-wrapped blood against my business so that it would just fester and stay moist. Yeah. Not pleasant.

    I think they may have an issue with wearing out quickly, but I haven’t read any other reviews so far of women experiencing this. That, or the leak-proof-ness may be contingent on a tight fit, and perhaps the elastic isn’t hugging me as well as it was when they were brand new.

    It is a bummer. I was so in love with this product. I stubbornly held onto my loyalty and hope even after they’d regularly started leaking, for months, before I had to admit to myself the disappointing truth that they just…don’t quite work.

  12. This is a bit hard to read from how heavily negative and bitter it is, that said, I appreciated the pics of your stained clothes/floor(no censoring!) <- that's actually the same ideology behind why women do "period art" and I don't think it's disgusting. Some girls have never seen period blood and most men don't ever. It's the same ideology as you sharing your blood, so there's that.

    That hella bitter thing about helping women in developing countries I could not stand. I have a big pet peeve about people bad mouthing ethical companies/charities for "not doing enough" bc of assumptions.

    They don't randomly give girls expensive panties. They help existing Pad-sewers who ALREADY make pads train local women on how, and they give a girl a set of reusable/cheap pads so they won't miss school. What you stated is exactly what they do: Train women to make pads. On top of that they get to be financially independent and work.

    -1 for making a good company that helps girls get an education & empower Ugandan women/entrepreneurs sound like a greedy villain because of your misinformation. :/

  13. Haha! Sam, I have no idea how you got negative and bitter from this review. Funny, yes. Cheeky, perhaps. But negative and bitter, I don’t see it. I even reread my story in a negative and bitter tone to try and hear it from your perspective, sorry, just doesn’t come off that way because that’s not the tone it was written in.

    Which leads me to to think, you must be a Thinx employee troll disappointed in not drinking the Thinx koolaid?

    I did take a few sips my friend, but… I couldn’t drink the whole cup. All the best to you (you’ll probably interpret that as negative and bitter too)

    1. Hi Takara,
      Thank you for your review! Interesting takes people have, but, I found your review very helpful, so again, thank you. A few quick question since you’ve had Thinx for a bit now? You mentioned fitness– are Thinx particularly hot when working out? Do you still use them? If you are very sweaty do they help/work in conjunction with a tampon (pads seem to come loose with too much activity and sweat)? Lastly, for high impact activity (jumprope, box jumps, etc..) do they help with other mild leaking (okay, just so were clear, urinary leakage).
      Thanks so much for your advice!
      Flavia

  14. This had me ROARING. So funny. Well, probably not as funny to you as you’re sitting in unintentional period art, but thanks for taking one for the team.

  15. Yo. I still messed up my bed and my boyfriend’s bed with thinx. First time with my boyfriend I thought it was me. Now my second period and I’m alone and I know it’s not.

  16. To add, I wasn’t free flowing. I wear pads at night though. The xs is looser than my typical underwear. I am talking about thinx’ two heavy flow panties. I wonder if the looseness may contribute. At least unlike my usual underwear it doesn’t contribute to my bloating pains. I too made period art. That was the second time in a row I messed up my boyfriend’s bed that morning. He came back from getting a coffee and I was whining like don’t come in here. I spilled my lady ink on your white comforters (just like that art) and was frantically trying to clean it up as he was trying to hold me back and hug me telling me it is ok. Fought for my life to clean it up.

  17. Thank you so much for the honesty! I still will buy a pair or two but now I have realistic expectations! Anywau, thanks so much, have a good one.
    -Mary

  18. I went to a Thinx pop up today–the Thinx rep was very thorough in explaining the materials and ideal use of each style. The styles not only range in cut and coverage–they also have different levels of protection. The two styles that you ordered were definitely on the lighter side–each style holds 1x or 1.5x the fluid that a tampon would hold. You could definitely not use these to wholly replace a tampon for a whole day if you change out your tampon every 4 hours or so. The boyshorts and high waisted styles hold 2 tampons worth of blood–those could maybe get you through a day. The rep was very honest and transparent about the ideal use–to replace pantiliners, to use on light days, or for spotting (as I was when I was recovering from my IUD insertion). I wanted to see them in person–they are absolutely true to size. I have a curvier bottom and hips, I feel comfortable in the small. Overall, I was quite happy with them. My period flow is so light that it is very painful for me to wear tampons–so this is a great product for people with light flows. I could never be happy using pantyliners and I don’t have to suffer through dry uncomfortable tampons. But I can also see how this is a great backup product for those with heavy flows that need extra protection–especially in the high coverage styles.

  19. Thanks for the review. My issue is the opposite. I like how they work as a backup with a menstrual cup, but I can’t stand their message. It’d be a good one if they didn’t go so far left into crazy Town.

  20. Thank you for this review! I was also under the impression that you could free flow. I was looking for something nighttime when things are harder to keep under control. Guess I will have to look elsewhere. Maybe make something on my own for night.

  21. I laughed soooo much! So refreshing. I just saw these on the DC Metro–multiple panels! I see how good their marketing is by your replies. marketing job they

    But seriously, why try this product if you ever bled through unexpectedly (much less on heavy days)? In my 40 years of menstruating I never could rely on any one product during my heavy or unpredictable days. I used those thick post-pregnancy pads; cotton health food store pads; a menstrual cup; my cervical cap; my diaphragm. I only trusted two extra-super tampons at once plus a pad–for hiking, dancing, etc. I could still bleed over the side. This wasn’t hemorrhaging doctors said. Clots were the problem. Normal.

    Anyway, this is a new era where we can discuss being on the rag publicly. I just looked at some menstrual cup advertising and I was impressed by their frankness! Hurrah! Thanks for reading the experience of this menopausal 59 year old.

  22. Thanks for this review, I thought I was the only one who couldn’t free flow in them! I have very light (light tampon on heaviest day light) periods so thought THINX would be a great, sustainable option. I too leaked and ruined my outfit. The cut doesn’t work for my bigger butt as it means the leg holes always end up bloody. I’ve got 4 pairs of thinx, flesh colored hip huggers, same in black and then two thong style. They’re great for when I get my period unexpectedly to buy me 10 minutes to make it to the bathroom. Other than that they only work as a back up to tampons. I feel a bit let down by all the hype, which made it seem like a genuine replacement for pads. I’m also a bit grossed out by the smell, if I put them on at 7am by the time I get home the smell is noticeable. They also stink after a few hours when you visit the bathroom and it can be a bit like sitting in your own blood, forget trying to do any sports in them unless you want to leak and smell. Your review highlighted all of this and was so funny! I wish I’d read this before forking out for these panties!

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