Comparing Period Underwear: Knix VS Thinx

December 4, 2017

I LOVE talking about all things period – and I’ve been pretty open about my own period routine. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you know that I switched to a menstrual cup over 2 years ago and have been loving it. But lately, there’s been tons of talk about period underwear. I’m part of a bunch of different women’s group and there’s always questions popping up about if period underwear are worth it, which brand to get, etc. 

Because I want to continue minimizing my carbon footprint, be part of the conversation, and help women make a well-informed purchase – I bought a pair of period underwear from Knix and a pair from Thinx. In this post, I’m comparing the construction and price. My next period isn’t for a couple of weeks, so I’ll be updating this post to focus on the performance of both pairs. 

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Knix Review

Cost: $43 (with tax & shipping)
Construction: Seamless, absorbant gusset
Performance: TBD

Knix is a Toronto-based company, that sells bras, underwear and recently loungewear. I have purchased one of their bras in the past, as well as regular underwear. Their regular underwear is made from nylon and Lycra and is seamless.

Their leakproof line is designed for periods and urinary incontinence (PS. if you do leak while you run/jump/laugh, I would recommend seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist). The bikini underwear can hold up to 2 tampons-worth of fluid, which is roughly 10mL (or 2 tsp), although they have other styles (like thongs) that hold less. 

Their leakproof underwear is designed very similarly to their regular line – both are seamless, the body is made from nylon and Lycra, the only difference is that the leakproof pair has a lined crotch (also known as a gusset). The gusset is 86% cotton. There isn’t any extra support in the front or back area. While I probably won’t wear these overnight on my heavier days (when paired with a menstrual cup), I’m excited to wear them during the day on my lighter days as a replacement for a liner. 

Lastly, taking care of the Knix seems easy, machine wash in cold water and hang to dry! 

Thinx Review

Cost: $53 (with shipping & converted to $CAD)
Construction: Not seamless, fully lined, extra layer from front of the gusset extending to the back
Performance: TBD

Thinx is an American-based company that only sells period-proof underwear – although they do have a sister company called Icon designed for women who experience urinary incontinence. Thinx is moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, absorbent and leakproof. My pair is made with breathable PUL fabric, and the inside layer is 95% cotton (which is great for those who suffer from chronic vaginal infections). I purchased the scarlet hiphuggers, that are designed to hold 2 tampons worth of fluid. Like Knix, they have various styles (like boy shorts) that hold different amounts of liquid. 

I was so pleased when I opened these because they are fully lined (back and front!)! They look and feel completely different than Knix, they would be great for those heavy overnights (as a back up to my menstrual cup). While these are slightly more expensive than a pair of Knix, it feels like you’re getting a more functional product (as they can be used during the day and night) – especially if you’re like me and want to stop relying on pads completely. That said, I haven’t tested them out yet!

Taking care of the Thinx seems incredibly easy – after you’re done using them you simply pre-wash them by hand, machine wash in cold water and hang to dry.

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Final Thoughts

Now that I’ve compared how they look, feel and cost – I still need to put their performance to the test! During my next cycle I’m going to be rocking the Knix during the day and the Thinx at night. 

You can check out Knix’s leakproof line here, and if you want to save $10 on a pair Thinx, use this link!

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Endomentriosis Gift Guide

December 1, 2017
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I love the holidays and love working with women who have endometriosis! So whether you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed or suffering from endo for a long time – I’ve created an endometriosis gift guide that they’ll surely love. 

Because endometriosis is now being considered an inflammatory disease, as well as a disease that involves excess estrogen, I often create treatments focusing on diet and lifestyle. Oftentimes my clients will change aspects of their diet and incorporate more eco-friendly products into their routine. That’s why I’m sharing some of my favourite products that will help make their lives easier, cleaner and less inflammatory (how glamorous is that?). 

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1. THE FIRST MESS / I usually recommend going gluten and dairy-free to most of my endo clients. This is because both gluten and dairy can be quite inflammatory in the body, therefore we want to minimize external sources of inflammation – such as these common foods. I recently purchased this cookbook, and have really enjoyed it so far. While it’s not 100% gluten-free, it’s plant based! This is important because the fibre not only keeps you regular, but helps estrogen leave the body. 

2. ILIA MASCARA / Over the past couple of years, I’ve been slowly transitioning to cleaner beauty products. Because mascara is a product I use almost every day, I knew that I needed to switch up my old favourite to something new. I personally have been using this mascara and have no complaints. Plus, I actually think my lashes have never looked better!  

3. THE 5 MINUTE JOURNAL / A few years ago I came across an article about gratitude, and writing out a few things you were grateful for each day. Because I was experiencing a low mood at the time, I began this practice and after a few weeks I began to notice a shift in perspective. I started looking for the positives in my day (as small as they may be). While you can use any notebook to practice gratitude, I like the 5 minute journal because it helps you identify things you are grateful for, things that would make that day great, and how things that could have made the day better. Practising gratitude can actually help improve mood and decrease stress both of which are critical for someone experiencing endo. 

4. BITE AGAVE LIP MASK /  You’ve probably heard what people say about any lip product – we end up eating it by the end of the day. Because lip gloss and mascara are my everyday essentials (ND’s want to look good too!), I opt for products with clean ingredients. I’ve been using this mask for the last 6 months and not only does it stay on for a long time, a little goes a long way! 

5. MUSE / If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, then you know that meditation can do wonders for the brain. I’ve had this meditation headband for over a year now, and I love it because it can sense your brain during mediation and provides instant feedback (though calm waves, or busy winds), that help guide you to a zen state of mind. 

6. BODY BLITZ WATERS / If I can’t get out of the city, enjoying the waters at Body Blitz is one of my favourite things to do for an adrenal reset. While you can also enjoy massage treatments and cool offerings like body scrubs (which are my absolute favourite), I like the waters because it’s affordable and you’re still getting a great treatment. If you’ve never done a water circuit before, cycle through a dead sea salt pool, eucalyptus steam room, infrared sauna, epsom salt pool and a cold plunge pool. The cold plunge is the hardest part – but you can do it (even if you’re just cold water stomping!). 

7. TURMERIC WINTER TEA / This turmeric and ginger tea has two key ingredients that have been shown to be helpful for both inflammation and dysmenorrhea. While you’re not getting therapeutic doses of curcumin (active compound in turmeric) or ginger, this tea will keep you nice and toasty and help liver detoxification (which is great for estrogen!). 

PS. If you’re using for the first time, get $10 your first order using the code: DRALEXSIA

8. THINX PERIOD UNDERWEAR / While you might not be getting a pair of period underwear for your bff, they might be great for you! If you menstruate and are hoping not to ruin another pair of your favourite underwear, think about switching to a pair designed for you to bleed. These heavy duty underwear can absorb up to 2 tampons worth of fluid (about 10mL), or be paired with a menstrual cup, tampon, etc. I just ordered a pair a few weeks ago and am eagerly awaiting them and my period!

PS. Get $10 off your first order using this link

9. SWELL COFFEE TUMBLER / I ask all my clients about their plastic usage – from the products that are being reheated at lunch to what they’re drinking out of! I have every one switch over to glass or stainless steel bottles/containers to not only decrease their environmental footprint, but to minimize their toxic exposure. So many environmental toxins are endocrine disruptors (and mimic estrogen!), so making the switch is a no-brainer. I’ve been using a Swell water bottle since 2015 and it’s travelled everywhere with me (including overseas!). It keeps my drinks at it’s desired temperature, so I got really excited once they added a new coffee tumbler to their product lineup!

PS. If you’re using for the first time, get $10 your first order using the code: DRALEXSI

10. THE FOUR TENDENCIES / I love this book because it’s all about improving your life based on your personality. For people who have endometriosis, they will likely have to incorporate some new habits in their lives – and may have trouble doing so. Knowing your tendency can guide you in forming those sustainable habits, and seek help from others if that’s something you need! Her other book Better than Before is also fantastic for creating habits, but isn’t as in depth. You can check out my review here

PS. Why wait for the book? Find out about your tendency here!

11. AROMAOM / While I love candles, it can be difficult finding one that’s not burning toxic ingredients (did you know that ‘fragrance’ can actually be 200 different chemicals?). That’s why I often choose to diffuse essential oils instead. If I’m craving a sense of calm and peace (when stress is at an all-time high), I’ll add in a couple drops of lavender essential oil because lavender is a powerful anti-anxiety herb (in some studies, encapsulated lavender essential oil can be as effective as an SSRI – but talk to your doc about that) and when you’re smelling it it actually crosses the blood-brain barrier rather quickly and leads to automatic zen. 

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Mood Disorders and Your Period

December 11, 2017
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We all have those days on our cycle where we just want to curl up in bed and hibernate – which after doing some research, is pretty common during menstruation. Because it’s considered a ‘yin’ time in traditional Chinese medicine, rest and relaxation during your period is essential. Nevertheless, if you’re experiencing up and downs in your mood as well as particular physical symptoms, it could signify something greater at play. 


We’ve all heard of PMS, but what exactly is it? It’s an mix of psychological and physical symptoms including: depression, anxiety, irritability, bloatedness and mastalgia (painful breasts). In order to be diagnosed as PMS, these symptoms should be occurring in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (read – 7 to 10 days before your period begins) and can continue into the first couple days.

PMS can occur for many reasons, some of them including: 

  • Nutrient deficiencies (like vitamins B6, E and A, calcium, and magnesium)

  • Blood sugar imbalance

  • Environmental factors, such as exogenous estrogen from plastics and other chemical exposures

  • Stress 


Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is thought to be an extreme form of PMS. Similar to PMS it consists of a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, however PMDD will cause extreme shifts in mood that can disrupt work and damage relationships. 

Symptoms also begin right before your period starts, and may continue into your cycle. Both PMDD and PMS may also cause bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue, and changes in sleep and eating habits. In PMDD, however, at least one of these emotional and behavioral symptoms stands out:

  • Sadness or hopelessness

  • Anxiety or tension

  • Extreme moodiness

  • Marked irritability or anger

Final Thoughts

While we all commonly experience symptoms of PMS, in order to ‘diagnose’ it we should be recording our symptoms for at least 2 cycles using a symptom chart. Similar to all treatments with your Naturopathic Doctor we work on discovering why this is happening and work on correcting any deficiencies. If you notice that you’re beginning to observe some of these symptoms, track it on paper or a period app so you can relay you findings to your ND. 

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, first line treatment of these disorders don’t require any pharmaceuticals. Depending on the severity of PMS, treatment options can include exercise, vitamins and cognitive behavioural therapy.

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