SPOILER WARNING: This is an Icon Undies review: the “pee-proof undies.” Some might call this post TMI. If you’d rather not read some personal stuff about me, or women’s issues in general, you have my permission to go ahead and skip this blog post. No harm, no foul.
I’m only 27, and sometimes I unintentionally pee a little in my pants. Don’t get all weird about it—you can pass judgment when you’ve pushed out two babies (one completely unmedicated). Urinary incontinence is something that happens to A LOT of women. It is completely a normal, albeit taboo, occurrence. When I was pregnant, I regularly suffered from the ole “sneeze and pee.” But now there’s no longer a baby bouncing on my bladder, and I still pee in my pants sometimes. I am one of the lucky ones—I only pee in my pants when I jump on the trampoline. I’m here to do two things: end the stigma of occasional urinary incontinence… and review a product that might help you if you have this issue (hint: it’s incredible).
Stella LOVES the trampoline park. She begs me to take her on a weekly basis. If you know me at all, you know I love to join in with fun kid activities. I relish every opportunity to get silly with my girls. I grew up bouncing on a trampoline, even after I broke my both bones in my arm and had to have morphine and surgery. Clay had taken her a couple times, and finally on Stella’s 4th birthday, I decided I would go with her and have mommy daughter trampoline time. It was my first time on a trampoline since I’d had my kids, and the result of vigorous jumping was…unexpected.
I peed my pants almost every time I jumped. At first, I thought “wow, I didn’t think I had to go to the bathroom… I must really have to go!” So I went, and emptied my bladder. But that didn’t help really, I still had little accidents throughout the evening. I was consumed with whether or not my wet pants were obvious to others. I stopped jumping before I wanted to because I didn’t want to aggravate the situation. Most importantly, I missed out on excitement, memories, and bonding with my daughter because I was uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Since that night, we have been back to the trampoline park a handful of times, and I haven’t jumped with Stella again. I felt like I was missing out on time with her, but not on driving home in wet pants and having to launder my jeans the moment I got home.
When I mentioned this problem to a couple of my mom friends, they all shared my frustration.
“Oh yeah, I can’t jump on the trampoline I wear a pad!”
“The same thing happens to me! I never jump with my kids.”
This made me really sad. Part of my goal is to help and encourage moms to be more playful parents, and here we all were, sitting on the sidelines because we were peeing our pants.
I can’t remember how I discovered Icon Undies, but I’m so glad I did.
I was curious about these underwear ever since I first considered they might be able to help me with my little jump-and-pee problem. If I had known about them when I was pregnant, I probably would have worn them all the time… just in case.
Icon is all about celebrating our strength as woman, while chuckling at the ways our beautiful, imperfect, sexy, hilarious, resilient, leaky bodies can go rogue.
Disclosure: Icon did sent me a pair of their bikini cut, beige underwear in exchange for writing a review, but I reached out to them for the partnership, not the other way around, and my words and thoughts are completely my own.
Icon Undies Review
Website User Experience and Customer Service
I love a brand that has consistent branding and a pretty website. Icon Undies has a very simple, clean, and sophisticated aesthetic. If you didn’t know, Icon Undies was started by the same woman also responsible for THINX, the period panties, and Tushy, the bidet attachment for your home toilet (FYI, I would try these products and review them… so, if THINX Inc is reading this, hook me up, gals!).
Admittedly, while some of the visuals weird me out a little (looking at you, leaking conch shell), I LOVE the way women are portrayed—a variety of ages and races, with wrinkles and cellulite and messy hair, one woman is even pictured breastfeeding! I love the casual and quirky tone the company uses, and the puns are fun, too.
The website is really easy to navigate and use.
I had interactions with Icon Undies customer service both via email and over the phone, and both times were great! The customer service representative was attentive, kind and polite, easy to hear and understand, and seemed cheerful and enthusiastic. I spoke to the same person both via email and phone (unplanned, and on two separate days), which I loved because it gave the impression of a small company and felt very personable to me.
Shipping and Packaging
I reached out to Icon Undies on Thursday July 6. The customer service representative put in my order the following day, on Friday July 7. That same day, they were shipped out to me and I received a tracking number. My shipment arrived in a discreet, brown cardboard envelope on Tuesday July 11. VERY fast, considering there was a weekend in between!
Inside the envelope, the packaging was clean and sleek. There was a soft zippered pouch made out of clear frosted plastic and branded with the Icon logo. Inside was a little well-designed information card and the underwear themselves—folded squarely and wrapped with a band of card stock.
Icon Undies: First Impressions
My first impressions of the underwear were that they are a well-made, high-quality product. The fabric is thick and has the right amount of stretch without feeling flimsy. The edges around the waistband and leg holes were smooth and thicker than the rest of the underwear, which gave the impression of durability. The design is simple and unfussy, designed for practicality and comfort. The padded fabric underneath that makes up the “pee-proof” part was soft and secure. It gave me confidence that it would do the intended job without feeling bulky or uncomfortable.
When I tried them on for the first time, I realized I should probably have gone with a size Large instead of Medium, despite following the size chart on the Icon Undies website. (Review suggestion: undies might run small!) Other than that, I loved the way they felt.
Icon Undies: Put to the Test
I guessed I would like the underwear, but honestly I didn’t anticipate how much I would LOVE them! Ladies, Icon is an awesome purchase! I had so much fun at the trampoline park thanks to Icon. I jumped, I sweat, I laughed, I played… and yes, I peed. BUT Icon made me feel clean and dry, and I didn’t think twice about whether or not I was leaking (because I knew I wasn’t). I really can’t rave about them enough.
The Price (and a good cause)
The hi-waist style is $36 a pair, the hiphugger is $34, the bikini is $32, and the thong is $28 (and holds half as much liquid). YES, these prices are the down side of the product, but with their panty pack builder, the more you buy, the more you save.
I only experience incontinence when I jump, so for me, one or two pairs is enough. If I were pregnant, or experienced more-than-infrequent urinary incontinence, the cost would certainly be worth it for peace of mind, comfort, and the money you’d save on other disposable products (like pads).
Through Fistula Foundation, Icon also donates a portion of profits from each sale to help fund life-changing surgeries for women in developing countries who suffer from fistula. Icon Undies is a young company (they’re about 1 1/2), and in their first year, they funded fistula repair surgeries for 71 women. I feel great about that.