So remember last year when actual period pants were invented and now exist on planet earth? Well now a writer from Seventeen.com tried them out to see if they actually worked - and turns out, they're not actually as grim as you might think.
"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."
"There 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. "
"Right 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?"
The 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 layer underneath."
"I'm 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!"
Alright. So we're not tooootally sure if we could 100% ditch the tampon, but y'know - it's a good option and isn't as gross as we first thought.