Best Period Products for Endometriosis
9 November 2023 | Admin
Endometriosis is a challenging condition, and heavy menstrual cycles can be a constant struggle.
These articles came about because of the amazing reviews left by some customers for our products, saying how much they help with their severe endometriosis symptoms. We created a survey and reached out asking for more details that we could share. This series of blog posts was the result:
What is Endometriosis and What Are the Common Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where endometriosis tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside the womb causing chronic pain.
Sadly, it takes an average of 12 years to diagnose endometriosis, making awareness vital.
Endometriosis can affect women's lives in SO many ways. Common symptoms include severe pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and fertility problems. It can cause pain during or after sex and difficulty with bowel movements. Endometriosis in and around fallopian tubes can also cause pain and infertility.
The immune system may also be impacted as women with endometriosis also have reduced immunity to other conditions.
Too often women with heavy periods are shrugged off by their GP, so if you have these symptoms it's essential to push to have them taken seriously.
In some instances hormonal therapy such as the pill can help with pain, however it won't help the 'sticky' tissue.
Best Period Products for Endometriosis
We've collated this list of the best period products for endometriosis and severely heavy menstrual periods, based on your feedback. Most of our customers recommended the heavy flow pants, boosted with the bamboo night pads when they were extremely heavy.
Many of our customers said that switching to reusable period protection actually helped with their painful periods too.
"I bought a mixture of period and incontinent panties. I suffer with PCOS and endometriosis, so when I do have my periods they’re extremely heavy and these panties has been such a life saver.
I would never go out in fear of leaking through and that hasn’t happened since I’ve switched to Cheeky products. I hate the thought of disposable products going into the landfill. As long as you look after these panties, you’ll get years of use! I can’t recommend these enough. I feel I have a life again. They’re worth every penny I’ve spent. You pay for quality and that’s just what I got!!" L Jesson, Trustpilot
Period pants are pretty much all the same, no matter what brand marketing says. They're made up of layers of material which wick away blood, absorb it and then stop it leaking through onto your clothes.
Heavy flow period pants generally have extra layers of absorbency.
It's important to identify where the protection falls on the pants. For endometriosis and heavy periods, you will want absorbency to the front and rear waistband, not just in the gusset. In our recent survey, customers recommended three different styles of period pants that they loved for their endometriosis:
All period pants should be rinsed or soaked after washing in cold water and then machine washed at max 30c. Air drying is preferable.
"Having endometriosis and all the lovely things that come along with it, my periods suck but have been made a lot more comfortable with my cheeky pants, they are soft, heavy duty and are a lot more comfortable to wear as they are high waisted and the protection goes from all the way in the back waist band to the front!
These have really made a difference for me. Arrived quickly, very nicely packaged and great customer service." Miss Elcock on Trustpilot
Reusable pads are actually a very easy eco switch, if you can get over any squeamishness you have about blood!
They're MUCH more comfortable and absorbent for menstrual blood than disposable pads. They simply need to be rinsed, washed and dried before reuse.
If you've never come across reusable pads before, you may find this article informative: 'How to wear pads.'
In our survey, the stand out product for helping manage endometriosis symptoms was our bamboo night pads.
Pain relief devices can really help manage pain in the pelvic area. Whether that's modern tech like the Myoovi period pain relief device, or a period heat pack both will work to reduce pain and discomfort.
Menstrual cups are another option for those looking for a more eco-friendly and cost-effective period product. They offer excellent protection and can be worn for up to 12 hours, making them convenient for individuals with busy schedules.
"I love the combination of pads and pants (along with a Mooncup or similar) because I can change the pads out for freshness/hygiene and have the absorbent layer of pants as backup, particularly overnight and for flooding."
For those who prefer tampons, organic cotton tampons are a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional ones.
Organic cotton tampons are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, which can benefit people with endometriosis who are concerned about chemical exposure.
Incorporating herbal supplements, such as those containing chasteberry or turmeric, can complement traditional period products. These supplements are known for their potential to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain associated with endometriosis. It's certainly worth a try!
"I don't know how else to explain how incredibly liberating it feels to wear the cheeky wipes period panties.
I ordered some to try out on my last period and I've just submitted an order for more because I just absolutely loved them SO MUCH!!!! I have endometriosis so I have heavy periods, and lots of pain and the last thing I really want to do is have a period cup in there adding more problems and pain to my list.
I really wanted to join the sustainable period fight and was nervous about leaking if I used some of these reusable products but NOPE! I wore the Feeling Pretty pants nearly all day without any issues on my heaviest day. You're life savers and let's be honest, at half the price of brands such as ModiBodi, you are way better for my pocket, too :D." Andri, via Trustpilot
Recommended Products For Endometriosis
If you have endometriosis, we hope that this blog post offers some light at the end of the tunnel for improving your symptoms. As always, if you have any questions, please do drop us an email, we LOVE to help and nothing is TMI. The team all use the products themselves so are well placed to give advice.
If you'd like some further reading, we can recommend:
Endometriosis awareness with Sarah Victoria
About the Author: Helen Rankin founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. 4 kids later, internal period protection such as tampons or menstrual cups were no longer an option for her and she went on to develop their range of 'Simple Reusables' to include period pants and reusable incontinence pads.
The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.