Are THINX the Next Best Thing for Your Period?

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Are THINX the Next Best Thing for Your Period?

Isn't it great that the government has finally scrapped the tax on tampons? But what if we didn't even need to buy tampons - ever again? Montrealer Miki Agrawal has a vision for your menstrual future and let me tell you, it's bright.

“Women in our culture don’t want to talk about their periods — most still think about it as crass and disgusting,” says the 36 year-old CEO and founder of THINX, which may just be the most revolutionary undies in the world because they double up as sanitary pads.

And not the kind your grandma wears, either. These knickers not only look hot, but you can be comfortable and not worry about leaks during your time of the month. At $34 for the "heaviest" pair, THINX are cute, lace-trimmed, and more importantly, they promise to absorb as much flow as two tampons' worth.

For many women, having a period cramps - sorry - their style. But according to the United Nations, for some 43 per cent in developing nations, menstruating is actually debilitating because a lack of access to feminine products causes them to miss school or work.

That's downright tragic, not to mention the environmental implications of all those tampon applicators and pads piled high in landfills (the US estimate is said to be around 12 billion pads and 7 million tampons.)

That's a reality manufacturers don't want you to think about, yet one which many of us feel powerless to change. Diva cups are great, but for some of us they just aren't an option. I dread to think how much I've spent on sanitary products in one year, let alone over the course of my life. That's got to be enough for a decent all-inclusive somewhere...

But what if there was a cost effective, environmentally friendly alternative that also managed to tick the philanthropic boxes? For every THINX purchased, money goes to Uganda's AFRIPads, the foundation that trains women in developing countries to make and sell reusable pads.

So you can wish along with me that a thoughtful someone had gifted THINX to you this past Mother's Day... Or better still, you can gift them to yourself.

Image Source: SheThinx.com

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The Science Behind Happy Relationships

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The Science Behind Happy Relationships


Want to know the secret to a happy relationship? Get in line and perk up your ears because the experts of all things happy claim have the answer.

The Happify app has created a nifty infographic, "The Science Behind A Happy Relationship," that aims to demystify once and for all this crazy little thing called true love.

As someone who feels like I've lucked out in the soulmate department, I was curious to see whether Happify could tell me something I didn't already know, didn't agree with, or even whether something as complex and wonderful as lasting love could be deconstructed like a science project.

By sifting through and compiling a surveys and stats from real couples, Happify more or less nailed it. 

The foundation of a solid relationship is positivity. Most of the time interactions between couples should be positive, with a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative. Stands to reason if most interactions are negative, your instincts will drive you not to run the hell away from that person. 
Happy couples talk A LOT, as in five hours more than their less satisfied counterparts. See, it's not all about sex, although regular - as in 2-3 times per week - sex is important. But I would add that more or less is fine, provided both partners are singing from the same (bed) sheet.

Novelty is important, too, especially post-kids because it's easy for a routine to turn into a rut. Sharing experiences as basic as an evening walk matter. For the longest time after my son was born, it seemed my husband and I weren't creating new memories so much as drawing on old ones. And the nostalgia bank can only go so far before it bankrupts.
Let's face it, suggestions like cooking together, going to concerts or visiting new restaurants are more attainable than going on trips together. I would totally agree the preschooler years probably cover the all-time low in terms of relationship satisfaction. After all, this is when you have the least amount of time together as a couple and you're over the initial baby high. At least, it was thus in our home.

But probably the biggest takeaway here is the idea of helping your partner become their "ideal" self. Encourage them by giving compliments, showing appreciation and doing something nice for them (in this case, size doesn't mater). Whether I'm winning or losing in life at a given moment, hubs is always there in the stands, shaking his metaphorical pom-poms and cheering me on to become a better person. I'd like to think I do the same for him.



Did "Silent Guardian" Do the Right Thing for Drunk Man?

"You didn't help anyone"

Did "Silent Guardian" Do the Right Thing for Drunk Man?


At first glance, this story is about a good Samaritan doing the right thing. When he stumbled across a man passed out at the wheel of his parked car, Reddit user Krazy_Legs confiscated and hid the keys before penning the following note:

"I found you passed out drunk with your car running, so I hid your keys under the atlas in your back seat. I hope you get home safe,” he wrote. "I’m not your hero. I’m your silent guardian. A watchful protector. -The drunk knight."

The "guardian," believed to be located in Massachusetts, thoughtfully left a bottle of water behind for when the man woke up with a killer hangover and in need of sobering.

The intervention was well-intentioned - no doubt about it - but the stranger has garnered criticism for being too kindly to someone prepared to DUI.

"As someone who has been involved in a hit and run by a drunk driver, you did nothing," wrote user NoisyCabbage. "He's obviously drunk as hell and ready to drive. Once he gets up in an hour and reads your note he's going to get said keys (as you've hid them so well, letting him know exactly where they are in the car) and then drive away!"

"If you wanted to help SOCIETY, you would of [sic] called the cops on this idiot and they could of dealt with it. You didn't help anyone."

As several users point out, there was a strong likelihood that the man would wake up and, possibly still drunk, drive off, risking his life and that of others. Or having been let off the hook on this occasion, he'll be more inclined to get behind the wheel drunk again. Just because he didn't kill anyone or himself that night doesn't mean he won't in future. 
I can see that the stranger was trying to act nobly in this situation. But maybe the only truly heroic act would have been calling the police. 
When I was a growing up, a highly respected teacher at my high school drunkenly killed himself and others in a fatal collision. I wish someone had been around - and done more than hide his keys.
That said, I can only think about all the innocent people on the roads that night...