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Today I feel blessed for many reasons. Firstly, I had a period for the first time in months. And secondly, because I was deeply fortunate enough to have been sent some period pants to review from WUKA.
This post is going to be my review of the WUKA Period Pants as well as a day-by-day diary entry of using these period pants whilst living with PCOS.
Some of you might be surprised to hear that I see menstruation as a blessing but I do.
I have a very complicated relationship with menstruation. I never started my period properly and have a triple diagnosis of a Prolactinoma, PCOS and Endometriosis.
Together, these conditions limit my ability to have any sort of menstrual cycle. It’s a physical and emotional wound I am constantly unravelling but one I am starting to lean into more deeply than ever.
On the other hand when I do have a period I want to acknowledge my privilege for being able to access supplies for menstruation as well as medication and security.
I am also immensely privileged to bring you this review today for these WUKA Period Pants that I was so kindly sent and that I have the honour to review for you.
In communities around the world, women and girls are obliged to make do with whatever comes to hand when their period comes. Sometimes this can be scraps of dirty fabric.
Moreover, some cultures treat menstruating women as ‘unclean’ or ‘untouchable’ and force them to live apart from their families for the duration of their period.
Even in the UK, there are women who simply do not have the money to pay for sanitary products. It’s clear we need a more affordable and sustainable solution.
At this point I want to call your loving attention to Freedom 4 Girls, a charity WUKA support, that aims to support those who menstruate by challenging the stigmas, taboos and gender inequalities associated with menstruation.
Freedom 4 Girls work on these issues through education, provision of menstrual health management solutions and actively being at the forefront of the wider campaign against period poverty. The ways you can help can be found here.
If you really love this review of WUKA’s Period Pants, it would be so wonderful to donate any resources and time to help with period poverty all across the world.
Perhaps if you’re been converted to period pants like me, you can donate your other supplies to a donation point or to those in need. You could also purchase a pair of period pants for someone as a gift.
I will soon be uploading a DIY fabric period pads tutorial inspired by Freedom4Girls to donate to those in need.
An Introduction to WUKA Period Pants
WUKA (which stands for Wake Up Kick Ass) period wear was founded by environmental scientist Ruby Raut.
WUKA’s Period Pants are ultra-absorbent, machine-washable underwear that is designed to be worn throughout your period, eliminating the need for disposable sanitary products that has damaging effects on the environment.
Did you know that conventional period products contain plastic? For example, a typical sanitary towel can be up to 90% plastic. What’s more, a standard pack of sanitary towels contains the same amount of plastic as four carrier bags. Yes, that’s FOUR carrier bags. I couldn’t believe this stat!
So enter WUKA’s Period pants.
What I adore about WUKA’s Period pants is that they look and feel like your regular underwear. They are sleek and actually quite stylish.
However, the magic is that these period pants are leakproof underwear, which means you don’t have to wear a pad, a tampon or menstrual cup if you wear them during your period.
How do Period Pants work?
WUKA Period pants come in three flow types: Light, medium and heavy. They cost from £19.99 and come in sizes 4 to 20.
Once on, they feel and act like normal underwear except that they are thicker in the gusset than your normal pants so that you can bleed straight into them, and they won’t leak through to your clothes.
The WUKA Period Pants is made up of four layers of fabric. The inner and outer fabrics are made of soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and luxurious Lenzing ® MicroModal fabric.
The central layers then include an absorbent layer that is uniquely used in WUKA’s underwear that absorbs blood and interlocks its.
The WUKA Light Period pants can hold 1 tampons worth blood (at least). This is around 5-7ml of blood. This is ideal for those with a very light flow, or for those like me that have spotting with PCOS and Endometriosis flow outside of our cycles. It is, of course, also good in the last few days of a normal period.
I have been sent WUKA’s Medium Period pants that can be worn for up to eight hours a day or all night long, and hold the equivalent of three tampons’ worth of menstrual blood.
Finally, there’s the WUKA Heavy Period pants that have anti-bacterial properties and can hold four tampons worth of blood (which is around 20ml.). WUKA are proud to present this product and stat to the market that is more than any other product available today of its kind.
How to take care of your period pants
All WUKA period pants are machine washable. In order to protect them, wash your Period pants on a gentle cycle, cold machine wash and then hang to dry. If at all possible if you can air dry the direct sunlight kills many kinds of bacteria.
You can also give your period pants a quick rinse in the shower as this saves water, or you can hand wash them in a sink.
Two important things to note: Do not use fabric softeners or strong detergents such as stain removers on your period pants. This is because it can break down the absorbency layer in your period pants. Moreover, it can reduce the durability of the fabrics and trims, so they won’t last as long.
In terms of durability, WUKA period pants can last for 2 years and even longer, however, this is dependent on the wash and care of the garments.
As underwear is considered a delicate product, WUKA strongly recommends following the care instructions to ensure you get the most wear out of your underwear.
WUKA Period Pants Review and my experience of a period with PCOs
I’m now going to write in a diary-style how I have used the WUKA Period pants over the past few days and what I think.
I’m also going to touch on a typical menstrual cycle with PCOS and Endometriosis.
My Endometriosis is mild, however, because I live with it alongside a Prolactionoma and PCOS my symptoms can overlap. As a result, we’ll focus on PCOS in this post and other posts in the future can be dedicated to the individual conditions.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects roughly 10 million women around the world. It is often very difficult to diagnose due to its wide variety of symptoms, which can be attributed to any number of health issues.
Some of those symptoms include infertility, cystic acne, hair loss, unwanted hair growth, chronic fatigue, insomnia, ovarian cysts, and, one of the most common, changes in your menstrual cycle.
Day 1: Bleeding on the Full Moon
I started to lightly bleed on the Sagittarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 5th. I had been having severe cramps and sickness a few days before however because my body often tricks me like this so often, it cannot be guaranteed a period will arrive.
However, on this night I actually had some bleeding. It always catches me by surprise. This is my first period since February and if I have 3 proper periods a year it’s a rarity and blessing.
I grab my WUKA Period pants in medium and prepare to wear them for the first full night. It’s about 11pm at this point so they should last an 8-hour sleep.
They feel SO comfy with no tightness and nothing that was digging in or clinging to my skin. I feel so comfortable and at ease as I move my body around and feel really content.
As I head to bed with my WUKA period pants I’m also filled with the mysticism that my period is falling on a full moon, especially in Sagittarius my sun sign.
This Sagittarius full-moon period is guiding us to stand our ground, claim our power, and allow the voice of our inner fire to speak.
If you’re a spiritual being like me you might know there’s a deep magical significance to periods that fall on the full moon.
According to The Yoga Goddess, the Red Moon cycle, otherwise known as this bleeding on the full moon, (with the ‘White Moon Cycle’ signifying a New Moon bleed) ‘belonged to the medicine women, to the midwives, the magic-makers and the wisdom keepers of the community.’ I find this wisdom so potent and magical. Definitely head here if you’d like to read more about this.
I have mild pain but I know what my body will be in for tomorrow so I complete my Sagittarius full moon ritual by cleansing my crystals, pulling oracle cards and allow myself to enter this period of surrender willingly with an open heart.
Although my body doesn’t follow a regular cycle, I know that when I am blessed with this sacred phase that I must lean into deep rest, reflecting, releasing, and receiving, intuitive insight and creativity.
Day 2: Bed-Bound
Very early in the morning, about 4am, sharp pains consume my body and I’m also very sick. This is very typical of the conditions I have.
My period pants, however, are still as comfortable as the moment I put them on. My bleed overnight has been heavy however there are no leaks on my bed or any clothing. After taking some medication, I am able to sleep for a few hours longer.
When I eventually wake up, I change into my next pair of period pants and hand wash and set my ones from the night before to dry.
For the rest of the day, I am completely bed-bound and riddled with dysmenorrhea (the name for menstrual cramps). It spreads from my ribcage right down to my knees so I can’t move easily.
Like many, the second day of my period also yields the heaviest flow. My period pants are holding up amazingly and once again: the comfort is extraordinary. No leaks, no stains, no discomfort.
Before I go to sleep, I change into my new pair of period pants.
Day 3: Recovering from the day before
This morning I am extremely weak and tired from the day before. It’s another day in bed and a time that I remind myself how important it is to allow my body to rest and be extra loving to those needs.
I just about manage to have a soothing bath with my beloved Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion and some Epsom Bath Salts. Both help the aches I have throughout my body and calm my nervous system.
I especially love slipping on my WUKA Period pants after a bath or shower. There’s no mess faffing around with other products. It just makes it all so much easier.
Again, no spills, no digging, just pure comfort and ease with these Period Pants.
Day 4: Healing with Nature
This morning I rise still feeling very tired decide to go for a short walk. As I posted about here, I find the healing powers of Nature to be so therapeutic.
This is the first time I have used my period pants for a lot of movement and they don’t move about at all. It’s truly just like wearing normal underwear.
This is my first time leaving the house since my period started so I am wearing black leggings just in case I do leak. I really needn’t have worried because my period pants have me completely protected.
Day 5: Reflections and Setting Intentions
This morning my bleed wasn’t nearly as heavy however I still need the protection of my medium pants. For some, this could be a time to move to the lighter flow pants.
Today I spent time utilising the creativity this bleed phase brings. I write in my journal and reflect on the events of the past month. This helps me create awareness and allows me to set intentions for the month ahead.
I also turn to reading and anything I can do in bed or on the sofa. I love knowing my period pants are so perfect for this.
My period will now continue like this and could go on for several more weeks. I’ll be sure to purchase some lighter flow period pants for this.
My final thoughts on Period pants
For me, WUKA’s period pants are a transformative period product. Now I have tried them I could never ever go back to anything else.
They are comfortable, secure, discreet, soft, odourless and did I mention comfy?! Plus, I just love not messing about with tons of other products. And of course a sustainable product to use.
However, our bodies and needs are all inherently different and beautiful. Some will love tampons and menstrual cups. Others will be team pads.
Because I have mild endometriosis alongside PCOs my body can simply not tolerate tampons or menstrual cups.
As a result, the only downside I could see is that if you are a fan of the above products, some may dislike the feeling of blood coming out of their body.
Personally, I feel more comfortable when I can feel my body bleeding. This should be the first consideration as to whether Period pants are right for you.
Secondly, the other factor to consider is the initial investment. I would suggest you have at least three-period pants on rotation. At £19.99 and above for a pair this is something to consider.
However, it does work out much cheaper in the long run as you can reuse them. As discussed above, they are also an extremely sustainable option of preventing tons of plastic waste. I’m also looking forward to slipping these in an overnight bag or for travel.
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How many of you have tried period pants? Or do you use them already? What are your preferred ways to protect yourself on your period? Finally, if you have PCOS I would love to hear how you manage that too.
If you’d like me to go into more detail about my prolactinoma, PCOS and endometriosis experience please leave any questions in the comments.
Before you go, if you would like to purchase a pair of period pants for yourself or a friend WUKA have kindly given me a discount code you can use.
Simply enter WUKA-GEORGIEXOXO at checkout for 10% for orders of £23.99 or more. This is an affiliate link however all opinions and thoughts in this post are, as always, 110% my own passionate thoughts and beliefs.