This one is going to be all about blood from the vagina, so if you don’t want to hear about that you can pop off and have a cuppa and a crumpet or something instead 🙂
So you remember a couple of weeks ago I was going on about those period panties… the ones that you wear instead of using sanitary products. There are a few brands out there and I was on this mission of finding out what they are all about. I had reservations about who was running these companies? Do they even work? Are they doing any kind of charitable initiatives for women who don’t have access to sanitary protection? I was on one of my usual rants as I wasn’t getting much info from instagram questions. So I e-mailed all the companies and I got answers from one! This one….
Thanks so much for reaching out! It’s always a good day when we hear from our THINX community at large. I head up our giveback efforts and am happy to give you some more insight into how we pay forward for impact to menstruators in need. (We’re launching a dedicated giveback page on shethinx.com soon — so stay tuned for that!) And I’m CC’ing Amanda, one of our fab CX teammates, to answer your questions about flow.
Giving back to communities around the globe has been at the heart of our mission since day 1. We don’t see our giveback work as merely CSR, rather, it is core to our business and integrated into everything we do because we believe in advancing the place of women in society. We’re fortunate that our community-at-large is active and engaged in the fight for women’s rights.
Our giveback work falls under two main pillars: education (our Global Girls Club program — see more on that in the next paragraph) and empowerment (our work with mission-aligned nonprofits). THINX supports organizations that empower underserved communities, such as homeless women and refugees, and women in crisis. We pay it forward to these groups throughout the year. For our THINXgiving campaign last year, we contributed over $113,000 to Girls, Inc., an organization that inspires girls to be smart, bold, and strong. We also partner with Safe Horizon, a New York-based victim-assistance organization, to sponsor their #putthenailinit campaign to end domestic violence. To date, we’ve donated nearly 6,000 pairs of period-proof underwear to groups around the globe that provide crucial services for underserved communities.
Last year, in 2017, we launched our first education initiative, the Global Girls Club program. In partnership with schools, afterschool programs, and nonprofit organizations, we equip girls ages 10 to 13 with core knowledge about human rights and reproductive health. Part of THINX’s giveback work is in fully funding this programming. We provide all program materials, facilitator training, and ongoing support at no cost to our girls club partners.
Please let me know if you have further questions about our giveback work.
Warmest wishes and happiest periods,
Onya Laura! This is a great answer.
There is also a podcast on Freakanomics, called the Taboo Trifecta with the woman who created Thinxs. (Thanks Bela). She is a very successful business woman (hurrah) who also clearly ‘thinx’ about giving back.
So you know sometimes I go on a big old rant, but I always go to the horses mouth too, message up these people and ask them what the deal is. You usually do get an answer. I e-mail people ALL the time about stuff. Sometimes I even make new friends out of it!
Oh… and about the flow thang…
I’m more than happy to answer your questions to help you get a better idea on how THINX work!
THINX are designed to be a replacement for panty liners and a very helpful backup to either a tampon or menstrual cup. We have 3 levels of absorbency that range from holding 1/2 regular tampons’ worth of blood to 2 regular tampons’ worth (depending on style.) These can definitely be integrated into the lives of women with heavier flows.
Please keep in mind that every body and every period is so different. One person’s heavy day and another’s heavy day are not going to be the same! So, while some (lucky) people have flows light enough to wear THINX alone, most find that they are most useful as a back up. Ie: some women can bleed freely into their THINX throughout their entire cycle while others use them as a backup on day 1 and day 2 and bleed freely into THINX on days 4, 5, and 6.
It’s important to get to “know your flow,” so we always advise first time users, to test them out at home first where they are most comfortable and see what works for them!
After getting to know how much they are bleeding and how much their THINX can handle, they’re good to go 🙂
Please let me know if there’s any area I didn’t touch on and if you have additional concerns.
Fair enough Amanda. I mean I am a hard one to convince. I’d be the sort of person that would want to test them on a postnatal women. Overall it’s such a great product idea. environmentally it’s excellent.
Menstrual cups are also useful environmentally so have at look at those. Apparently tricky to get used to initially, then people rave about them. I wonder if I should try those too? I did once sew a whole heap of cloth sanitary pads. Yup. In very attractive colours. They worked really well and I gave the rinsing water to my plants! There is a bit of hippy in me somewhere.
This new film is one to see too. I haven’t seen it but it looks interesting. have you seen it?
So there’s some answers. You’re welcome!