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Like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with painful, heavy periods for years, so I was a little sceptical about reusable period underwear and pads, and whether they would really work.
But in the name of attempting to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and of course, save money, I’ve been experimenting with reusable options over the last few months, so when WUKA reached out and offered to send some of their products to review I was excited to give them a go.
Who are WUKA?
WUKA stands for Wake Up, Kick Ass. They’re a female-led brand with a mission to make affordable underwear for periods and everyday made from sustainable materials.
Check out their instagram to learn more and see their products.
Why choose a sustainable period with WUKA?
Did you know that about 200,000 tonnes of tampons and pads are sent to landfill every single year? Making the switch to reusable period wear, like WUKA’s period pants and pads can save hundreds of disposable pads and tampons from making their way to landfill.
Making this one easy switch is a great step towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Reusable period wear is free from chemicals and toxins and you can wear for up to 8 hours leak free.
How does it work?
Period pants and pads are made with an absorbent gusset that has lots of layers. The middle layers absorb and hold in the blood and the outer layers are moisture wicking, which keeps you feeling dry.
You simply wear them like normal underwear, or clip a pad over your pants and then go about your day as normal.
When you need to change you just give them a quick rinse, then pop in the washing machine – don’t use fabric conditioner though, as it can lower the absorbency.
I tried out a pair of WUKA period pants, and some reusable pads and have been really pleased with them.
The pads come with a cute little laundry bag so you can keep them in it while not in use but also pop them in once used and straight into the washing machine and keep them safe throughout the wash. Once washed you can air dry them pretty quickly on the line.
I found them quite soft and comfortable and they lasted quite a long time before needing to be changed. The only thing I noticed was that you do need to use them with well fitting underwear to make sure they stay in place.
They are great to use along with the reusable pants, as you can just remove the pad and the pants will keep protecting you from leaks, which saves having to switch out pants during the day.
WUKA period pads are the world’s first pads to be made from period pants offcuts, so you can also feel good about doing your part to help reduce factory waste and keep disposables out of the ocean.
They cost £15 for a set of 2 pads and you get the laundry bag free.
The pants themselves are super comfy and really absorbent, genuinely the best period pants I’ve tried so far, and I’ll be ordering myself some more pairs for sure.
If you want to try them out, they come in all sorts of styles, so you can choose the fit you prefer and they also come in ranges to suit different levels of flow, from light to super heavy. I tried the medium flow bikini style.
Is it worth it?
Honestly, despite my scepticism at the beginning of the year when I first tried reusables, I’m a total convert now. They’re surprisingly comfortable, you don’t worry so much about leaks, and while it’s a bigger upfront cost, you don’t have to spend out every month, so will save money in the long run. And that’s before you add in the feel good factor about using a sustainable product and leaving a lower carbon footprint. Win-win!