It took me so long to be convinced about period pants and now? I’m a convert. Most of my experience has been with the WUKA period pants brand so I’m sharing everything I’ve learnt here. You can check out my entire plastic free period journey or read on for my WUKA period pants review!
I’m gonna start by covering a few questions that came up repeatedly when I asked what people wanted to know on Instagram, then dive into reviews of specific WUKA period pants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I would say no. They don’t have that same plastic feel and are much more secure as the “pad” is sewn into the gusset. They’re softer too so feels more like regular underwear. And nope, no wet feeling (with the exception of going to pee and a brief cold feeling when you pull them back up 👀)
This depends on the capacity of the pants you’re wearing. WUKA have their separated between light, medium (2-3 tampons) and heavy flow (4 tampons). I would think you’d need at minimum to change 1-2 times per day, so a pair for day and for night.
I got more paranoid of smells when I was using flowery smelling sanitary pads! There’s no smell with period pants and I don’t get that nauseousness anymore like I did with pads.
Absolutely! On my heaviest days, I do prefer to use a menstrual cup with the periods pants but you can use them on their own – you just might have to change them more often.
This probably depend son whether you use period pants solely or with other products – like a menstrual cup. I have 11 pairs which has seen me through an entire cycle without the need for using anything else.
When you change your period pants, rinse them in cold water till they run clear. Then chuck them in the washing machine (no fabric softener) on a 30deg wash. The seamless and organic cotton WUKA pants should be washed on cold.
I’m a UK 10 and wear mostly medium in WUKA. I do have one pair in a small. WUKA have a great sizing guide and I’ve included below when you might need to size up.
Well, all brands say they’re leakproof. As far as the product is concerned – yes they are. But, if you sit there for hours and hours and don’t change them they do have a capacity which can be hit. Don’t let laziness make you leak lol
How Do Period Pants Work?
It’s super simple. You wear them just like normal underwear. They can be worn for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. Once it’s time to change them, you give them a rinse until the water runs clear and throw them in the washing machine.
No bad smells, no leaks, no discomfort. They’re a great alternative to sanitary towels, menstrual cups and tampons if those options don’t work for you.
WUKA Period Pants Review
Here are the various WUKA period pants styles I have tried and reviewed below:
- WUKA Swim Bikini Brief – Light Flow
- WUKA Ultimate™ Midi Brief – Heavy Flow
- WUKA Perform™ Seamless Midi Brief – Heavy Flow
- WUKA Ultimate™ High Waist – Heavy Flow
- WUKA Basics™ Hipster – Medium Flow
- WUKA Ultimate™ Boxer Shorts – Medium Flow
- WUKA Ultimate™️ Bikini Medium Flow
WUKA Review | Swim Bikini Brief – Light Flow
One of my most recent pairs, these swim briefs are good for swimming when you have a light flow. The outer fabric is water repellent, they’re thin so you can wear under your swimwear and quick-drying.
They hold around 2 small tampons worth of period flow. These are the only one’s I own which a) are for a light flow and b) I’ve not tested out yet as I’ve not been anywhere near water. I sense a bathtub test coming up!
// Shop WUKA Swim Bikini Brief – Light Flow //
WUKA Review | Ultimate™ Midi Brief – Heavy Flow
These midi briefs are one of my favourites styles because of the fit. When it comes to periods pants, the bigger the better, the more comfortable I feel.
They’re quite high waisted with breathable panels too. They hold 4 tampons worth and on heavy days, WUKA say they can be worn for up to 4-6 hours (8 hours on light days, or all night – you know your flow best).
// Shop WUKA Ultimate™ Midi Brief – Heavy Flow* //
WUKA Review | Perform™ Seamless Midi Brief – Heavy Flow
WUKA launched these seamless period pants not too long ago and the selling points are that a) you don’t get a VPL with them and b) the material is good for exercising / getting sweaty.
A note on sizing; I found sizing down to a Small worked best for me (compared to Medium). I preferred the fit – the medium felt a little too loose fitting.
WUKA Review | Ultimate™ High Waist – Heavy Flow
These are the Bridget Jones of period pants and I love ’em! Typically, the pants are a decent height in the waist but these are super high.
Perfect if you like to keep your tummy covered and to avoid any pressing / digging feeling in your abdomen which might cause you discomfort. I always use these 5 yoga poses to help with discomfort on my period.
As they’re the heavy flow, they hold 4 tampons worth too. They feature a similar breathable mesh design to the Midi Brief.
The Ultimate™ High Waist – Heavy Flow would be my recommendation for post birth bleeding (lochia).
// Shop WUKA Ultimate™ High Waist – Heavy Flow //
WUKA Review | Basics™ Hipster – Medium Flow
The Basics range is the more affordable range but still a decent quality. I stocked up on these when they did an offer. They’re a lower cut than most of my others so I went for medium flow to use on, well, medium flow days.
They hold around 2-3 tampons worth. I still wear a medium, but WUKA recommend sizing up in the Basic Hipsters, as they come up a little smaller than the Tencel pants.
//Shop WUKA Basics™ Hipster – Medium Flow //
WUKA Review | Ultimate™ Boxer Shorts – Medium Flow
These boxer shorts are my fav fit for bedtime. They’re a good replacement for pyjama bottoms or can be worn underneath your pyjama bottoms.
Currently they come in Medium flow only – which olds 2-3 tampons worth.
// Shop WUKA Ultimate™ Boxer Shorts – Medium Flow //
WUKA Review | Ultimate™ Bikini Medium Flow
Made from organic cotton, these bikini period pants are probably my least favourite – but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. Like I mentioned, I typically feel more comfortable when my period pants are bigger. These have a high cut leg (which is something I’m not used to wearing) but are soft and comfy.
They hold around 2-3 tampons worth. I still wear a medium, but WUKA recommend sizing up in the Bikini Briefs, as they come up a little smaller than the Tencel pants.
// Shop WUKA Ultimate™️ Bikini Medium Flow //
Brownie points for WUKA:
- The pants have the model and flow printed on the inside which is handy
- The size range is diverse
- Buying in a pack works out cheaper
- Free shipping on all UK orders
- They offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Try for 40 days and exchange or refund your first pair if you aren’t 100% satisfied
- Every pair prevents 200 disposable pads and tampons from polluting our oceans.
Period pants are the perfect replacement for pads and tampons. You just wear, wash (add a wash bag to your basket if you’ll be out and about), and reuse. Long term, you should even save money and save yourself the hassle of rushing out when you realise you’re out of pads and tampons.
I hope this post has helped to answer some of your questions about period pants and I hope my WUKA period pants review has helped you to find a quality and ethical brand to shop with!
What are your favourite products to support your menstrual cycle?