I can totally get behind not wanting to ruin your favorite undies during that time of the month. But would I ever want to wear disposable underwear with a maxi pad built in? Well, until this morning when I learned about UndiePads, I didn’t even know that the option existed before me.
So imagine my fascination when I read a review in Cosmo of UndiePads. As I just learned about these, I obviously haven’t tried them out, so I can only judge based on this reviewer’s experience.
Let me begin by saying that on the first read, I totally missed the fact that they are disposable. Even though she said they have a “built-in pad,” I guess in my mind I thought it was maybe like an insert or something, and then the underwear itself was some special absorbent thing that you washed (so like, a cloth pad, but it’s your whole underwear). Guys, it made sense in my mind, okay?! I mean, she described the product as “pink terrycloth-like material,” so naturally, I also just assumed it was like wearing bath towel underwear.
Anyway, while she didn’t really have complaints about their absorbency and ability to do their job, when it came time for the UndiePads disposal, she had a lot to say on the topic of “period smell.” Apparently, these products didn’t mask that unpleasant scent effectively, so much that she had to seal them up and trash them outside immediately.
Well, reading about “period smell” wasn’t how I imagined the first hour of my workday going, but here we are. This article has prompted a lively discussion on the topic here at Gurl today, with some who claim they have no clue what a “period smell” is and others who have had some traumatic experiences regarding it. It’s been a weird day so far.
While I can’t say “period smell” would have ever jumped into my mind when thinking about a product like this, now that Cosmo‘s review went ahead and brought it up, that’s now all I will ever be able to associate with this product. Sorry UndiePads’ testimonials, but the damage has been done. Plus, it’s kind of pricey! It’s like ten bucks for a pack of three. That’ll only last you a day and a half, even if you wear each for the maximum amount of time.
Also, I totally get the author’s choice to not try this product out in public. I can already imagine the disposal issues trying to take off your whole underwear in a super-tiny bathroom stall (which can only get better when experiencing miserable cramps) and trying to shove the panties in those receptacles which a) never seem to be in the stall I am in, and b) never seem to open all the way. And what if you forgot to keep a spare pair in your purse? If you have to throw out the whole underwear, I feel like that could cause some logistical problems about what to do next.
There always is a risk that your lady products slip up and your best undies get stained, but even with that risk (which come on, can be minimized by just wearing some old, boring underwear), I just don’t feel ready to commit to all that is UndiePads.
Had you heard of UndiePads? Would you ever try a product like this? Do you share my same confusion and concerns after reading the Cosmo review? Tell me in the comments.