Julia’s story: I peed myself laughing
“There were two episodes that made me finally face the fact that I had a leakage issue.
“The first was at a girl’s night out with other preschool mums, where we all got a bit silly and laughed and laughed... until I peed myself laughing. Luckily no one else noticed, but I did!
“Soon after that, wanting to get back into shape after baby two, I decided to go for a run. Within minutes, I was back at the front door, almost in shock at the realization of how weak my bladder was.
“To cut a long story short, I found I had a bladder/vagina prolapse, which is apparently very common. I had the op, but after a couple of years I started to leak again and had to resort to pads as back-up. I got to the stage of feeling quite anxious if I wasn’t wearing a panty liner.
“I became aware of pee-proof pants through a physio and thought they were worth a try. At first I just wore them around the house to test them, but now I wear them every day. I've been surprised and relieved by how much pee they can hold without leaking.
“From my experience, I’m noticing that it is best to rinse them after wearing – rather than just leaving them in my laundry basket until I do the washing at the weekend.
“I enjoy the fact that by wearing them I don’t have a niggle of worry that I might leak and that I don’t have to hide the pads from my husband. I also like the fact that it is a sustainable product, so feel I’m playing my part! I’m impressed and I’d recommend them.”
Tia’s story: How I manage menstruation
“I like the idea of period underwear for a number of reasons – for the eco-friendly aspect, for cost reasons and because I have sensitive skin that reacts badly to pads and liners. I also like that it’s a natural, non-invasive approach.
“Surprisingly, I’ve found that period pants work better than tampons and pads for my heavy flow. Just to give you an idea of my flow, on my heaviest day I’ll typically go through a super tampon every couple of hours.
“My heavy periods have been a big issue for me, so I’ve been persistent in exploring options and I've ended up trying a few different brands of period-proof pants to work out which I like. I've tried a few brands now and I’ve found Just’nCase by far the best – none of the others have been able to hold my heavy flow without leaking.
“I wear the Full Briefs with Extra Absorbency for my first and second days and nights, which are my heaviest. I have three pairs, and I change into a new pair between the day and night so I feel fresh. I machine wash and dry them in between so I get four wears back-to-back.
“On day three I move to the Everyday Absorbency for my ‘lighter’ days – but I suspect my light might be someone else’s moderate-to-heavy flow, given that I can still go through a super tampon every four hours on those days.
“I have one of each of the Everyday styles – the lace full brief and the more sporty high cut one. Both are very comfortable. I like the silky fabric and the way they make me feel supported around my stomach during my period. I am not a lacy girl, but I thought I’d try these and I found them really flattering.
“I like that after doing a hand rinse I can just pop them in the washing machine and dryer so that I can reuse them pretty fast.
“If you have a heavy flow like me, I think both the Everyday and the Extra are definitely great period panties for different stages of your cycle. I’m saving so much on pads and tampons!”