Since I started my periods over 10 years ago, I’ve always sat firmly on the side of sanitary towels or ‘pads’. I never got on with tampons and just found them extremely uncomfortable, and so I’ve spent the whole of my adult life in pads when on my period.
I’ve never had a problem with them, but sometimes they can be quite uncomfortable and there have been times where I’ll not realise that I’m running out and then I’ll have to frantically search my bags for a spare towel!
In recent years there’s been more of a focus on reusable and eco friendly period products. While menstrual cups have never appealed to me, I’ve always been interested in reusable period underwear. Of course, when WUKA asked if I’d be interested in trying out some of their period undies, I fully jumped at the chance and was like “uhh YES PLEASE!!!”.
WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass, and their mission is to end period poverty and make sustainable periods products are accessible for everyone. They want to break down the taboo that’s associated with periods, and I absolutely love everything they stand for!
They come in a range of sizes (XS -2XL and light to heavy flow) and in a range of different styles. They also have high waisted pairs, perfect for post c-section Mums!
So I’ve worn them for the full 6 days of my period, and I can honestly say I am a complete convert. WUKA pants are different from other brands because they’re made from organic cotton, which gives them that extra bit of comfort. They are so discreet, and I forgot I was on my period sometimes because it just felt like I was wearing my underwear like I do on any other day.
I’ve had so many messages asking me if they’re sanitary, or about how easy they are to clean. In terms of cleaning, I just rinsed them under warm water until the water was clear and then popped them into the washing machine on a dark wash. Once they were finished, I put them on the radiator and waited for them to dry!
They don’t smell, and the second leak proof layers means that you don’t have to worry about any accidents. I wore them during the day, and at night and I found them brilliant them for both. I think going forward for me personally, I’ll get some heavy flow pairs for the night just because some mornings I did wake up feeling like I needed to change them quite quickly.
I also found a lot of people were asking me about the cost of these Wuka Period Pants, and my main answer was that in the grand scheme of things it’s not a big cost for an extra level of comfort each month. By purchasing a pair of WUKA pants, you also prevent 200 disposable pads and tampons going into the ocean or landfills. Which is absolutely incredible when you think about it!
They also have their basic pairs which are only £10 each, and considering they last for around 2 year – this really isn’t a huge cost.
It’s also worth noting, that they don’t just offer period pants and they have a number of different products. They also have wearable hot water bottles, a bralette and this beautiful wash bag. Other than the period pants, my personal favourite that they have on offer is their My First Period Pack.
I think teaching young people that there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and setting them up with the right tools is so important. I would have appreciated something like this so much when I started my periods, and I think it’s a wonderful pack.
I honestly cannot speak highly enough about the brand or the products they have on offer! If you’ve been considering making the change to period pants, then I would absolutely say to look into WUKA.
Disclaimer – I was gifted these products in return for a review, but all thoughts included are my own. You can read more reviews and opinions here