Do period swimwear really work? I tried it to find out

Wuka’s swimsuits, seen here on a pretty model.

Wuka’s swimsuits, seen here on a pretty model.

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At the beginning of the year, I took my first swimming lesson for adults. Like many of us, I learned to swim initially at the age of 10 during compulsory school swimming lessons. But after a few years, those lessons became a distant memory and all the swimming skills I had learned were gone.

But this year, I made it my mission to rediscover the joy of swimming, and now, almost a year later, I’m doing laps in the pool. Booking these first lessons came with several concerns. ‘What am I going to do to my hair?’ ‘Will people laugh at me if I’m wrong?’ and the old question: ‘What will happen when I get my period?’

When I started swimming, I hadn’t had my period yet, but as an adult woman in her twenties with often heavy periods, I was worried. But, my worries were put on hold when I came across Wuka’s swimsuit.

Wuka specializes in menstrual pants and swimwear that you can wear during your period of the month. But, as someone who usually has fairly heavy periods, I was wondering how comfortable the bathing suit could be.

However, I wasn’t going to let my period interrupt my swimming lessons, so I gave it a try.

Habiba Katsha in a Wuka period swimsuit

Habiba Katsha in a Wuka period swimsuit

Habiba Katsha in a Wuka period swimsuit

How it works?

Each pair of vintage pants from Wuka is filled with a super absorbent gusset made up of multiple layers. Middle layers absorb and trap blood, while moisture-wicking outer layers keep you feeling safe and dry.

Their period swimsuits work the same way. The material is water repellent on the outside, but absorbs blood on the inside, so you can swim worry-free.

What does it look and feel like?

Simple and elegant. I wasn’t looking for a funky design swimsuit, I wanted something that would do the trick. I’m also no pro when it comes to swimwear and to be honest, I wasn’t sure where to look when buying my own swimsuit.

However, when I put on the Wuka swimsuit for the first time, I immediately noticed a difference from the first swimsuit I bought. I’m normally a size 8 in the UK but my butt is bigger so I was worried it might be a little tight but it wasn’t. It was comfortable but stretchy at the same time which meant I didn’t feel like I was suffocating. I was also pleased to see that it comes in sizes ranging from XXS to 2XL.

It was also much thicker than other swimsuits, which I was really happy with. The absorbency of swimwear is described on Wuka’s website as “medium flow”, so I wasn’t sure how my heavy periods would hold up. Luckily, I tried it on one of my lighter flow days.

When I finally got in the water, I immediately forgot I was on my period. The elasticity of the swimsuit made swimming easier and the thickness gave me confidence that I wouldn’t leak once I got out of the pool.

Now the Wuka swimsuit is my favorite when I go to class. At £49.99 it’s a bit more expensive, but it’s become my go-to so I get value through wear.

It’s revolutionary for women and I wish younger people could try it.

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