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Thinx Versus Victoria's Secret Pink Period Panties

Foil cherries added a sensory issue


Women with autism can struggle with their period. Think about the discomfort of cramps and the sensory issue of wearing a pad. Many years ago, I was explaining these challenges to a friend with a neurotypical daughter, and she asked quite innocently, "Maybe she should use tampons?" Sure, for a young lady who can manage her self care independently, tampons are an option. But for a female who needs full, or even hand over hand assistance, a tampon is out of the question for obvious safety reasons.

Five years ago, one of my daughters decided that pads were no longer comfortable, after years of wearing them.  She took her pad off within minutes.  The results were a disaster. I was at a loss to help her through what I hoped was a stage.  I had heard about period panties but was skeptical. I found a review of THINX, from a company right in New York, and ordered 3 pair. They were a Godsend for us. And now, other, less expensive versions have hit the market, including a line from Victoria's Secret's PINK brand.  Below is a review.

SheThinx Brand

Super HipHugger size L: $35.00 with specials and $10 referral coupons offered regularly

I  invested in 3 pair of SheThinx period panties.  They cost $35 per pair and are reusable. They are beautifully made, substantial without being bulky, very pretty,and soft as SILK. No one would know they aren't just lovely underwear.  They are fully lined. Thinx offers  an ORGANIC cotton line and a line for Tweens. They are tagless, which is a huge plus - no scratchy tags. My daughter slipped them on without issue.  They weigh in at a hefty 73 grams and yet are not bulky. AND THEY WORK! They hold several hours worth of the heaviest flow, without a leak.  You can see their line of products at www.shethinx.com

The downside?  You have to rinse them very well before washing. I put them in my laundry sink and it's a messy process. Then you  need to line dry them, which takes some time. I place them on a large fan to dry. Also, you have to change out of them and step into a fresh pair. You need to put the soiled underwear  in a baggie to bring home to wash, so if you are at school, or work, or out for dinner and need a change, it can be awkward. Our original panties have lasted several years. Our newer panties are even higher quality, as THINX has continued to improve them. They are worth every penny. We swear by them!

Absorbency area is much larger on THINX

Victoria's Secret PINK Brand
Size Large: $16.50

One of my home care team staff bought a pair of the VS Pink line of new period panty for us to try. They are quite flimsy compared to SheThinx.  The fabric is thin and unlined. The large foil cherries (ahem) decoration on the back added a sensory layer we did not need. And they have 5, count them, 5 tags that will cause sensory issues.  They weigh 42 grams compared to THINX' 73 grams. That said, they come in lots of fun colors, and patterns that most girls would appreciate. The absorbency fabric covers a much smaller area than the THINX - women move, dance, jump, squat, sit, stand, play sports. I think they would be a great backup panty for a young woman who is wearing a tampon and wants to prevent leak stains. Or on a lighter flow day.  Washing was a similar chore: rinse and line dry. They work, though not as well as the THINX in my opinion, because they have a smaller absorbent material area and they are not lined. But the PINK designs are cuter and more fun, which would matter to most girls, just not mine!

Verdict:  An investment in SheThinx is worth every penny. They beat PINK's version in that they are leak free, almost 40%  heavier and lined fabric, beautiful quality, with several colors, an organic cotton line and athletic pants and more.  Buying the PINK version is also an option, as you can buy 2 for 1, but then you will have more pair of "dirties" to wash and also to store in a bag at your desk, or locker or elsewhere, when you change.



Anita Donnelly

This should be free for every single disabled girl and woman. FREE.

Could we get autism squeaks to pay for it ? I am so angry that well meaning people who met my affected family member gave to them to “help us” and they just do research on anything but the cause .


After watching this pieces where V (the artist formerly known as The Vagina Monologues’ Eve Ensler) briefly laments the plight of nurses having to take care of people whom “won't wear masks or get vaccinated”, and Amy Goodman continues to push the narrative that the immuno-compromised are threatened (which we in the injured community know is code for mandates) it’s pretty clear that not all female bodies will be included with the one billion rising. It seems that V wants everyone to know that, unless it’s to bow down in glory, the V-word is strictly off limits - the V-word that rhymes with blaxinated that is, and, yes, one should always bow down in glory when discussing the other v-word. Do you think anyone will have the decency to ask *why* there are so many immuno-compromised people in the world? I remember the late, great, Dr Tony Bark having the decency to do so at a hearing in WA (I think) a few years back.

Here’s to Dr Bark and all of the beautiful decent people in this community.



A concerned citizen and Autism mom

This is great information and I will share with others (not applicable to my son :) ).

Jeannette Bishop

TY! Appreciate this info and comments.


A really good option as well is a brand called "Bambody". So much cheaper and great quality!
Check out their website or either purchase on Amazon (we buy three hipsters for $23.90)


Seconding the recommendation for ThInx -- a life changer. There is also a brand called Knix. They are high quality and comfortable, but the absorbent area is smaller. The great thing about Thinx is that the lining goes all the way up the back.


Thank you very much for sharing this information. My just-turned-18 young adult on the spectrum has some challenges keeping leaks from happening, pads get skewed, leaks from the back etc. We will try pronto!

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