This is what my homemade reusables look like:
clicking this link. I like them and they are SUPER absorbent - but they border a little on too diaper-y for regular use. But damn are they absorbent!
So I bought some Thinx. I have been using them for 9 months. You can read all about how I feel about Thinx here (spoiler - I like them and hate them!) I use both the Thinx and my homemade undies for my periods. I also have a set of reusable pads (for when all my undies are in the wash!) and I still have to use the occasional monster super tampons... I have faucet periods (major TMI) but if you read about my Thinx experience you'll understand why tampons are still part of the drill.
Except, now I may never have to use a tampon again. Why? Because I discovered something better than Thinx and maybe better than my homemade undies.
I discovered bladder control underwear - specifically Confitex. I thought about bladder underwear a few months ago and I ordered a pair of generic bladder control undies on ebay. They turned out to be nothing but a pair of underwear with a pad inside. They were crap.
I gave up on the idea until I decided there HAD to be a better way. I did some digging and found Confitex reusable bladder underwear.
They come in all sorts of styles but two absorbency rates.
Let that sink in for a minute. Remember that 1 regular tampon holds about 5ml, a super holds about 10ml. Thinx maxes out with their hiphuggers at 10ml.
The "light" Confitex hold 25ml and can handle a 5ml "gush."
So I ordered one of those babies. I figured I would start out with the "light" and if I was impressed, I'd spring for the 200mls.
I found that if you head to their website and scroll around a bit, then come back a day or two later, a 15% off coupon will pop up on the screen. Or at least it worked for me!
Before I get to the functional aspects of the underwear, let me just take a second to say that Confitex uses "real women" in their ads. They came under some criticism for not photo shopping and they stood by their right to show women as they really are (and FWIW, the women in their adds look real but beautiful) and I am proud of them for that.
Now on to the goods....
This is how they arrived at my door:
|Underwear look good - normal.|
|Meshy Athletic fabric inside|
|Exact same feel to the outside fabric as the Thinx underwear|
Then I put them through the water test:
|Yes, I own syringes. Don't ask....|
|5ml first - one tampon, and I did it as a "gush." I realize I pulled up 10ml, but I only used 5ml in the gush.|
|5ml "gush" being absorbed. It took a few seconds but it all soaked in. No leaks|
|A few seconds later|
|Then I added 30 more mls for a total of 35mls in the light absorbency Confitex. It took a few seconds for the water to settle in and in fairness, I kind of "gushed" this fluid too. Once it settled, I could pick the underwear up and swing them around and no fluid came out. I even squeezed them and no drips came out.|
|The outside stayed 100% dry. The inside was a wet mess. Not sloshy but definitely "wet" and would probably feel quite wet on the body. The underwear are designed to take 25mls. I used 35mls.|
|In case you were wondering, this is what the Confitex looks like side-by-side with my Thinx. They feel alot the same, but the fabric out of the absorbent area is different for the Confitex. It's softer and less I don't want to say "crunchy" because none of these underwear make plastic noises or feel like plastic but less stiff maybe? And yes, my thinx underwear are "used" I'm sorry, but I am alive and I do use these...|
|Thinx is mostly the same "type" of fabric throughout with more absorbency in the key center and back area.|
|Confitex has softer fabric everywhere that isn't the absorbent area. It's a change that I think will result in less "sweatiness" but I'll have to wear them a while to know for sure.|
I intend to wear these on the first 2 water faucet days and overnight. They should be able to handle the flow. I'm really excited. I should be getting my period any day, and I will update this blog at the end of that experience.
With the addition of this pair of Confitex, I have 5 pairs of period underwear. 1 Confitex, 2 homemade, and 2 Thinx. Based on my laundry habits, I think that would be enough to make it through the whole period! Thinx for light days, Confitex for daytime heavy days and my homemade undies for nights.
I am still very interested in seeing how thick the "moderate" Confitex underwear are. I'd like to see how much volume I could get them to hold (in water!!) They might be the ultimate nighttime underwear.....
I will keep you posted!
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