Periods have been a constant worry for all the 800 million menstruating women. Every four days a month, periods shoot a whammy on them. Due to the heavy flow, many still remain confined in home and prefer prolonged and sit-fast sittings. Neither can they take sound sleep like other normal days, they lay on bed in a manner no less than a lying immovable dead body. And some who step out from home keep fretting about ‘what if the tampon’s threshold limit exceeds and stain their hip-hugging jeans’. Well, their uneasiness is quite palpable. Taking these periods-nuisances into account, THINX has come up with ‘PERIOD-PROOF PANTS’.
What are ‘PERIOD-PROOF PANTS’?
Newly fabricated underwear designed by New York women, Miki Agarwal, twin sister Radha, and friend Antonia Dunbar is supposed to deliver the same protection, in fact better, as by sanitary pads. The knickers are available in three kinds- Thong, for the lightest flow; Cheeky- for the modertae flow; and hiphugger-for the heaviest flow. They look exactly like normal pants but function above extraordinary. The designers claim it to be washable and hygienic. Starting price for it is £15.
CEO Miki told Forbes: “I want to change the culture around women’s most normal time of month — and not while wearing grandma panties or pads that feel like a diaper.”
The Thinx website adds: “We see a world where no woman is held back by her body. We will work proudly and tirelessly until every single girl has an equal opportunity for the brighter future she deserves.
“By reimagining feminine hygiene products to provide support, comfort, confidence, and peace of mind, we aim to eliminate shame, empowering women and girls around the world.”
Is it promising for India?
India is a country where majority of population falls under rural category with no basic amenities. They anyways can’t afford the expenses of sanitary pads and use rags instead. To top, lack of toilets add on more to their woes. Misery-struck girls can’t even think of going school during this phase of month because neither do the schools have proper sanitation nor can they risk their respect with inefficient adsorbents like cloth and rag.
Period-proof pants still do not sound promising in scenario like India. Whether you talk in terms of infrastructure or expenses, these knickers not yet befit a country like India. But the invention literally comes as a great piece of news for the urban section.
By Prerna Daga