This might be a delicate subject for some readers, but it's a fact of life. Women have menstrual cycles.
My Facebook page and a couple of other websites I visit have mentioned a new way to deal with it lately -- Thinx. They're actual underwear that you wear during a cycle. The makers claim they can be used as a backup to tampons or menstrual cups. They also say you can just wear them as is, with nothing else, if you think it's safe. This earned a great big "Hmmm, could it be?" from me when I read that.
From the website: "Every pair of THINX has a top layer that wicks all liquid into the über thin absorption layer right beneath it, so that you feel super dry. This way, you can wear 'em all day long (i.e., no, you don't have to change them during the day, no, they don't feel like diapers, and no, it's not like sitting in your own blood)."
Fascinating. What say ye, fair readers?
I'm guessing they'd be fine if you used them as a backup, and though I'm not convinced you could wear them alone, I am intrigued. There are different styles for different days of your cycle: the Hiphugger for heavy days, the cheeky for medium flow and the thong style for light flow days.
I've read some reviews here and it sounds like the jury is still out. Some ladies love them, others describe them as ill-fitting and not leakproof.
They range in price from $24-$36 which isn't cheap for a single pair of underwear, but if they do work, think of all the money you'd save, plus they're not nearly as big of a bane to the environment.
Let me know if you've tried them and what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org.