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I Tried CBD Products To Alleviate My Period Pain
40 percent of women have debilitating period pain. I am one of those women.
Research has found that over 80 percent of women will experience period pain at some point in their life, while 40 percent of women report having debilitating pain associated with their period each month. I am one of those women. Since the start of my period as a teenager, I have dealt with cramps so terrible that I’d throw up or lay curled up crying on the floor. As I have gotten older, my pain and bleeding increased, which I found out was due to the fibroids growing in my uterus.
In April of last year, I decided to have the fibroid and polyp causing my excessive bleeding and pain removed. I thought that would be the end of all of my problems, but sadly while the bleeding got better (still heavy, but better), the pain feels worse — leaving me popping 1600 mg of ibuprofen for six days each month. Research says that Ibuprofen rarely causes complications with the liver, but I can’t imagine taking that much pain medicine in such a high dose would be good for me.
There aren’t many options for dealing with chronic pain aside from pharmaceutical drugs, which got me thinking about cannabis. A couple of weeks before my surgery, I gave Whoopi Goldberg’s period pain products a try. To put it mildly, the THC in the product made me paranoid, and anxious and exacerbated the pain.
My body was numb, but the pain of my cramps was amplified. It was a bizarre feeling and an experience I look back on and laugh at now.
Even with the hilarious experience I had with THC products, I wanted to give more cannabis products a try. This time I went the CBD route and gave up my pain pills for my cycle this month, so I could really see what worked. I know that some of you reading this might say that a change of diet and lifestyle will get rid of all of my pain, but that hasn’t been my story. I have made some pretty mindful changes to my diet that have helped a lot, but the pain (and sometimes nausea) I feel is still there.
I tried a few products I’d read were great options for women with menstrual pain starting with Foria’s Relief Vaginal Suppositories made with organic-certified cocoa butter and 100mg active CBD each and their Basic Tonic on the first day of my period. When I told a co-worker I was giving these a try, she gave a little chuckle and said: “You’re willing to try anything, huh?” The answer to that is a roaring yes! As a teenager, my doctor always recommended I get a head start on my pain by taking Ibuprofen a couple of days before my period hit because once the pain starts, it’s more challenging to manage.
My cycle is pretty predictable at this point, so I know the days when the pain is going to be worse. The morning it started, and I felt cramps, I immediately inserted the suppository. I had already starting dosing myself with 0.75 ml of the tincture a couple of days before to get a head start on managing my pain — so I’d like to think both products were working together.
Once the cocoa butter suppository was inserted, I could feel a tingly sensation almost immediately, and about twenty minutes later, the pain was gone entirely. I tried the same remedy on my roughest days, and while it did help ease the pain, my uterus was like “we’re going to show this little thing who’s boss,” — and I almost reached for my pills. Instead, I upped my dosage of the tincture and added a new product to the mix, Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula Body Lotion. Like the suppository, when I applied the creamy lotion, I felt a tingly cooling sensation, and a few moments later, as my sharp cramps were at their peak, I felt a sense of relief. Every time I felt my body about to give it to me, I applied one more pump, and there was some relief, which was a pleasant surprise.
As the week went on, I gave both Foria’s Basic Tonic and Lord Jones CBD Tincture a try. If you’re wondering what a CBD tincture is and how it can help with the pain the simple answer is: a tincture is a cannabis option you can take orally, and it is known to help with anxiety, sleep issues, and can help alleviate inflammation in the body, which can help with the pain.
The jury is still out for me on whether I could solely use the tinctures in place of my pain meds since I’m still trying to figure out the right dosage, but I got some great benefits like better sleep and less anxiety.
When my period is doing its thing, I don’t get any sleep because either I’m in too much pain to sleep or I’m afraid that I’m going to wake up with blood-stained sheets — so I’m always tossing and turning. The tinctures helped me sleep through the night with ease, which never happens to me.
The Lord Jones Body LotionCourtesy of Lord Jones
The CBD products coming to market are wonderful because they’re giving those of us with chronic pain options beyond pain pills. Am I ready to throw out my bottle of 800 mg Ibuprofen? No. But, the topical options like Foria suppositories and the Lord Jones Body Lotion will be a part of my monthly pain management routine because it was nice to have something that worked on the spot that didn’t come in a small bottle with my name on it.
My final note about CBD, in general, was something I thought about a lot while trying them — the pricing. The average CBD product starts at about $40 and goes up from there, which is pretty pricey, especially for those of us using products monthly (or even daily) to help with pain caused by fibroids and endometriosis. If the industry wants to make sure everyone dealing with illness and pain can afford to use alternatives then that needs to reflect in the pricing.
All and all, I had a great experience using CBD products and can’t wait to try more! What are you all using to help with your pain each month?
CBD Tampons and Best CBD Lubes for Period and Sex Pain
Have you heard about CBD tampons and CBD lubes relieving period pain, pelvic pain or painful sex? These days, there’s a lot of discussion about cannabidiol (CBD) products. Derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, CBD offers many potential therapeutic qualities without getting you high. CBD oils and lotions may stop pain, or even offer relief from anxiety and depression. In fact, people are so excited about CBD’s pain-relieving properties, there’s now CBD tampons and CBD lubricant on the market, designed to relieve menstrual pelvic pain or help make sex less painful.
Since painful periods and pain with sex are two common fibroid symptoms, these are two products our doctors want to learn more about. So far, what we’ve discovered is that some women find pain relief from CBD, but we still don’t know how it affects the rest of your body. Let’s look at how CBD tampons and CBD lubes really work, and learn how women with period pain or painful sex will be affected by their use.
What are CBD Tampons?
Though they’re called CBD tampons, they aren’t intended to absorb menstrual blood. Actually, CBD tampons are suppositories that you insert into your vagina. Made from CBD oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil, the suppositories dissolve in your body after insertion. And because your vagina is so absorbent, the CBD oil is delivered quickly to your bloodstream. This means quick pain relief, but what else will the oils do while circulating through your body?
How will CBD Affect Your Body?
In addition to reducing inflammation–and pain–in your pelvic area, CBD tampons may interact with your medications. This means your drugs, especially antibiotics and anti-anxiety medications, may not be as effective.
CBD suppositories could also change the chemical balance of your vagina, leaving you vulnerable to yeast and other infections. And for women who are trying to conceive or already pregnant, these ‘tampons’ are a major no-no. The CBD could change the way sperm functions in your body. It could also impact and change fetal development.
While CBD tampons do seem to offer temporary period pain relief, there’s a lot we don’t know about what else they do to you. For that reason, we advise treating the cause of your period pain–from fibroids to adenomyosis to endometriosis–rather than trying funky new methods of temporary pain relief.
Now, let’s take a look at CBD lube, to see if this cannabinoid-infused product could help make sex with fibroids less painful.
What is CBD Lube?
CBD lube is, quite simply, a personal lubricant infused with cannabidiol. Fans of this product say that it helps relieve everything from pelvic pain to anxiety about sex. (Both of which may be a problem if you’re living with fibroids.)
Now, fortunately, the CBD doesn’t relieve pain by numbing your body. Instead, evidence suggests that the lube can improve your blood flow, which helps you relax and focus on feeling good while you’re intimate with your partner.
Need some product recommendations? Here are a few top picks we’ve discovered after talking to women for whom they’ve worked. (Always talk to your doctor before trying any new intimate product.)
. This hemp-derived lubricant contains cold-pressed oil, CBD and calendula. . For added safety, this water-based lubricant can be used with prophylactics. . This CBD lube is specially formulated for people with pelvic pain, to promote relaxation, increase blood flow and decrease inflammation. Since fibroids and pelvic pain often go hand-in-hand, this could be a great choice for women with uterine tumors.
While our doctors can’t guarantee that CBD lube will deliver pain relief, there should be few downsides if you choose a product with all-natural ingredients. Adding any kind of lubricant with sex can reduce the physical pain of intimacy, so a CBD lube should be fine to try, as long as you review your product choice with your doctor.
Fighting Fibroid Symptoms
Whether it’s CBD tampons or CBD lubes, certain products can temporarily relieve your fibroid pain. Unfortunately, they won’t offer a permanent solution: they can just buy you time until you choose a permanent fibroid treatment. Ready to put painful sex and periods in your past? Our Houston fibroid experts are here to help. All you have to do is schedule a consultation, to learn more about treating your painful fibroid tumors.