Updated on January 21st, 2022
AD – PR Product | Last year I shared several Eco-Friendly Beauty and Personal Care Products and I mentioned brands that offered plastic-free tampons and sustainable pads. I am happy to add another brand to the list – WUKA which sells sustainable period pants.
WUKA Period Pants
WUKA stands for Wake Up Kick Ass and they make reusable and leak-proof period underwear. I was gifted 2 pairs of their period pants – the WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief Light Flow and the WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief Heavy Flow. The period pants replace either tampons or pads and they can be worn for up to 8 hours on light flow days and 4-6 hours on heavy flow days or all night. A great thing about these period pants is that they are made from sustainable fabrics with antibacterial properties to prevent odors, and they do not have any added chemicals.
I have never used sustainable pads or period underwear before so I was a bit nervous to try them out. I regularly use pads, and the period pants have an absorbent layer that is like using a pad. The heavy flow pants have a thicker absorbent layer than the light flow pants, but both are good to use depending on your flow that day. Also, the period pants are so comfortable to wear, and I do not have to worry about a pad moving throughout the day or night since the period pants are like wearing regular underwear. Furthermore, the period pants can be worn during physical exercise such as cycling, running, and yoga, and also for postpartum bleeding. After wearing a pair of pants, I rinsed and machine-washed them at 30° (you can wash them up to 40°) with other dark clothes. The period pants can also be hand-washed, which I have more recently started doing. After washing the pants, I hung them to air dry (do not tumble dry them), and it is also recommended to dry them inside out so they dry quicker. The light flow pants were dry after drying them overnight, but the heavy flow pants were still a bit damp and needed more time. If you are still on the fence about trying out the pants, you can read Alice’s experience with WUKA period pants.
I only have 2 pairs of the pants right now, but I am definitely considering buying more soon so I do not have to use any disposable pads during my period. WUKA recommends having a minimum of 3 pairs – 1 to wear, 1 to wash, and 1 to dry, and many of their customers have around 7 pairs. The period pants are available in sizes 2XS to 4XL, and they have pants for tweens as well. They also have a size guide, which was helpful in figuring out the right size for me. The period pants come in different styles as well including midi brief, bikini, and high waist.
£23.99 for 1 pair of the WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief Light Flow pants (you can save £7.19-£23.99 if you buy a 3 or 5 pack)
£24.99 for 1 pair of the WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief Heavy Flow pants (you can save £7.50-£24.96 if you buy a 3 or 5 pack)
Overall, the WUKA period pants are a fantastic alternative to using disposable tampons and pads, and I would highly recommend them.
Pillow Yoga for Periods
On the first 1-2 days of my period, I have cramps and I regularly have to take paracetamol to function during the day, but oftentimes I am lying in bed waiting for the day to be over. However, Maja created a Pillow Yoga Course that is intended to make you more comfortable during your period, which she kindly gifted to me. I started on Day 3 and 4 of the course, but during my next period, I will start at the beginning of the course and give an update on my thoughts here. The course is divided into three 30 minute videos including a nourishing yoga sequence for Day 1 and 2 to relieve discomfort, a restorative yoga sequence for Day 3 and 4 when you experience a heavier flow, and a gentle sequence for Day 5 and 6 to help restore your energy. As the name of the course suggests, the only things you need during the videos are pillows. The videos are easy to follow along, and Maja has a lovely voice. Even though I am not that flexible, the various poses are not strenuous at all, and in the first 2 videos, the poses are done while sitting or lying down. For some of the poses, you can also use a hot water bottle if needed. After watching the videos, I felt relaxed and comfortable, and I am looking forward to starting the course over during my next period as a great thing about the Pillow Yoga Course is that you can rewatch it every month. The course also includes three bonus videos and audio recordings to relieve pain and find inner peace.
The Pillow Yoga Course is regularly £55, but you can receive 50% off by using the code woman50. This code is not an affiliate code, and Maja is offering the discount for International Women’s Day.
Maja also offers weekly Online Yoga Classes through Zoom including a 30-minute class on Monday mornings to boost your energy and mood, an hour-long Tuesday evening class to unwind and relax, and an hour-long class Thursday evening to create inner peace. Classes are £8 each, but you can buy the Morning Yoga monthly pass of 4 classes for £16, a monthly pass for 4 classes for £30, or 8 classes for £50. Maja let me attend her Monday morning class, and it was fantastic! I used my laptop to follow along better, but you can use your tablet or phone. You do not need your camera or microphone on, and they were turned off during the class. During the class, Maja suggested modifications you could do such as where to place your hand or keeping your knee on the ground if you were more comfortable doing that, which was great as I regularly do not do yoga. Before the class, my body was tense from waking up and my mind was a bit groggy, but after the class, my body definitely felt more relaxed and my mind was clear. I was also in such a good mood, and I was ready for the day and week ahead. With gyms still being closed, it was great being able to follow along in Maja’s class in the comfort of my living room.