When I was 16 years old, I played on my high school’s varsity volleyball team. I remember getting menstrual cramps so bad that I dropped to the floor, curled up in the fetal position and started crying. Everyone on my team, from my coaches to the other players, thought I was faking this pain to get out of practice. It was after about 3-4 of these experiences that my mother took me to my first gynecologist appointment. My doctor prescribed me birth control to “control my hormones and regulate my painful periods.” Alas, the pains persisted so I started trying everything under the sun to ease my discomforts, from Ibuprohen, Aleve, and Vicodin, to Thermacare menstrual heat wraps, that looked somewhat like a diaper under my biker shorts. Needless to say, the 15 years I spent suffering from “painful periods” as a result of my misdiagnosis were nothing short of embarrassing.
At the age of 31, and 10-12 gynocologists later, the true culprit behind my traumatic menstrual cycles was finally revealed: endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease that afflicts 1 in 10 women with excruciating menstrual cramps, said to hurt worse than a heart attack. It’s also the number one cause of infertility, painful sex, and painful bowel movements during periods. There is currently no known cure for endometriosis, and while some women with a smaller case may only feel mild pain, I am one of the less fortunate individuals diagnosed with “Stage 4” endo. Stage 4 is the most severe and deeply penetrating form of endometriosis and can only be diagnosed post-laparoscopic surgery. Also, in my case and from my research, in the case of many others, my pain has persisted even after my endometrioma cyst was removed, and in some ways gotten worse.
Myofascial pelvic pain is common in women diagnosed with Endometriosis, especially after laparoscopic surgery. This pain is characterized by ultra-sensitive trigger points within muscle groups in the pelvic and abdominal area, often caused by inflammation and damage to the connective tissue covering these muscles. Anything from stress and anxiety to tight jeans and waist lines easily triggers this ultra-painful disorder for me at any point during the month. One of the ways I deal with this condition is by attending weekly pelvic floor therapy sessions. Not only is this costly and time consuming, it doesn’t provide guaranteed relief. On several occasions, I have left my PT, gone home and put on some jeans only to be in major distress a couple of hours later.
Recently, I started testing a topical CBD product called L’Fleur Flow Fix by House of Gro. On a day that I happened to be wearing some tight fitting denim jeans, my abdomen became so swollen and my pelvic pain came out of nowhere with such a sudden sharpness that I tore off my pants as soon as I got home, quickly applying my Flow Fix in a clockwise circular motion from the bottom of my belly button to the top of my bikini line. At this point, I usually prefer to lay flat on my back for a few minutes while the CBD takes effect. I can honestly say that I usually have doubts when it comes to topical products and their effectiveness for endometriosis-related pains, but in less than 15 minutes I felt a huge difference in the bloat of my belly and a huge release of the pelvic pain I was experiencing. A combination of clary sage, yang-yang, peppermint and lavender essential oils initiated a noticeable cooling effect that worked synergistically with the CBD and helped me feel more calm during the episode. Since CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory agent (inflammation being a huge factor in terms of strength of pain), these triggered nerves quickly desensitized, and I was up and out of bed in less than 20 minutes total. Before this CBD product, it had not been uncommon for me to lay in bed for hours with constant pain.
It is so refreshing to see a CBD product designed specifically for targeting menstrual pains, cramps and endometriosis! If only a product like this existed when I was a teenager, I have no doubt it would have been a huge savior for my body and my many embarrassments. The Flow Fix applicator can be applied quickly & easily and discreetly fits in any of my purses and backpacks. It does not leak, melt, or otherwise cause any kind of mess and I must say, its container is stylish and cute in appearance. I would recommend this Flow Fix muscle stick to any girl on-the-go with painful periods, the many endometriosis survivors, and anyone with the occasional abdominal bloat!
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