Three feminists have invented a means to change the way women handle that time of the month. Radha and Miki Agrawal who are twin sisters and a friend Antonia Dunbar have designed a self-absorbing underwear called THINX which eliminates the need for tampons or pads.
First is a moisture-removing layer, then a stain-resistant anti-microbial layer, then the equivalent of a pad, which “can hold up to 2 to 6 teaspoons of blood, followed lastly by a leak-resistant layer.
THINX comes in Thong, Cheeky or Hiphugger, ranging from N4,7000 to N5,700. Phew! Butthe good thing is they are reusable. They just have to be, for that amount. They can go into the cold cycle of the washing machine (with a recommended hand-rinse beforehand).
The idea behind the product is to change the way people view and converse about menstruation; and also to provide women in parts of the world who suffer from a lack of access to sanitary products and the shame associated with menstruation.
THINX is working together up with AFRIpads, an NGO in Uganda specializing in distributing washable, reusable pads. The deal is for every pair of period panties sold, THINX donates the money for seven pads to AFRIpads.