This Month…I Tried Period Pain Pads

Hi guys, this post is slightly unplanned. Originally, I was going to post this review in January. This will be my last post before Christmas and we’re chatting periods. Not quite the one to build festive spirit. But that’s exactly why I’m choosing to do this now. This month, I tried period pain pads about two before Christmas.  

I’m writing this while I’m still on my period, which I believe is around a week before it’s going up, which means I will not be on my period for Christmas this year. This realisation took me back to all of the years this wasn’t the case. I got my first period when I was 11, that year I had my period at Christmas. And every other Christmas until I was about 18 or 19, with the exception of one year.  

If you’re caught up with the This Month series, you’ll know that I don’t exactly have an easy time with mother nature. She’s not my friend at all. And getting her at Christmas several years in a row was all the proof I needed that she was never going to be my friend.  

For those of you who aren’t caught up with This Month, in any given cycle my period makes me vomit, pass out or feel like I’m about to constantly, sleep a ridiculous amount and basically lose all mental function while I curl up in a ball wishing for a week straight that I was a boy instead. Or for early menopause. Still hoping for that one.

Periods over the holidays 

When you get your period at Christmas and it comes with those kinds of symptoms, it sucks the fun out of everything. The desire to eat every roast potato in sight is fighting against the need to vomit. If you do manage to eat, you’re not sure if the slightly nauseous feeling is a full stomach or actual sickness. When you don’t manage to eat much, people are constantly asking why you’re not eating much, it’s Christmas aftercall. And you really don’t want to scream “BECAUSE OF MY PERIOD” down the table at your grandad, especially not as a teenager. It’s a rough time.  

Mother nature has given me a Christmas break for the last couple of years now, which I’m incredibly thankful for. I don’t like it when the Sophie vs Potato battle is rudely disturbed. But, if you haven’t been lucky this year, I just want you to know that you’re not alone in your misery and this too shall pass.  


Period Pain Relief Pads 

period pain pads

It’s too late for Christmas relief, but if you’re expecting to be suffering over New Year, I may have something that will help.  

When I get offered the chance to try anything relating to period pain relief, I jump at the chance. This time, it’s period pain relief pads. Like plasters, they apply like a giant plaster. It’s all very odd.  

I was very excited for these pads to arrive in the post for a few reasons. The main one being to see if it would actually work because it sounds too good to be true. But I was also curious to see what they would look like. For some reason, I thought the pads may have been thicker and a little cushiony? But no, it’s a giant plaster. And I mean, covers my full period bloat stomach levels of giant.  

period pain pads

Not the kind of photo I ever thought would appear on my blog…and sorry the corner of the mirror is in shot. Ooops!

BeYou kindly send me a pack of their pain relief pads to try. They come in a pack of five, each pad can be worn for 12 hours and they retail for £6.99 per pack or £4.99 a month if you buy them as a subscription.  

What does it feel like? 

I put my first one on at around 2pm, period day two. Annoyingly, mother nature decided to arrive a couple of days early this month and I hadn’t had chance to take my photos before day one… 

As I put it on at 2pm, I thought I’d wear it until bedtime then decide whether to put another one on overnight.  

First Impressions 

My first reaction when I opened the packet was how strong the smell was. The pads are infused with menthol and eucalyptus, two very strong scents. One thing I did notice is that the scent doesn’t really fade either. I accidentally fell asleep with mine on, woke up at 4am and removed it then and I could still smell it 14 hours after first applying it. On this particular occasion, the scent wasn’t bothering me, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re quite sensitive to smells. These pads are a natural pain relief method, so the scent isn’t there for no reason. The menthol is supposed to reduce the pain sensation and the eucalyptus is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. 

Initially, I didn’t think they were doing an awful lot. My cramps weren’t horrific when I first put it on, but I wasn’t feeling much for the first hour or so. Then, I realised it was getting hotter and as the heat increased, I did notice that the pain was easing off a little.  

period pain pads

Throughout the day 

I apologise in advance for how much of a mess the next paragraph is likely to be. I’m trying really hard to come up with a way to describe how this felt as the day went on and I’m struggling.  

The heat wasn’t constant, it was quite hit and miss. Not in a bad way, like it was working then it wasn’t, but at times it felt very hot and tingly and other times I almost forgot it was there. Initially, I was quite concerned by how tingly it was getting, then reread the information about the product and discovered that the menthol causes the tingling and it’s nothing to worry about.  

I did notice that I wasn’t really feeling much pain when the pads were doing the most tingling. I’m not sure if the pain wasn’t there, or whether the tingling was just a distraction. But I guess if you’re not feeling the pain, they’re still doing their job.  

Oddly, I found the warmth of the pads very comforting too. Now, I know women hugging hot water bottles to ease period pain is the ultimate cliché, but I’ve never liked that sensation myself. The hot water bottles have always made my sickness worse, so I was quite surprised that the warmth of the pads was making me feel at ease.  

As I’ve already mentioned, I fell asleep with it on. It was obviously fairly comfortable for that to be possible.  

Overall  

I think they actually work in some way. I really don’t understand how, but it did provide some relief. It didn’t remove the pain completely, but it did make it more comfortable.  

The packet has a few suggestions for when you can use them, but I think they’d be great for travelling with if you need them. And I think they’re ideal for sleeping with too if your pain stops you sleeping, I think they could really help. For £5 a month, I think they’re worth the money. You can easily spend that on pain killers!

I know this post doesn’t exactly scream Merry Christmas, but I hope if any of you suffer with your periods, or are expecting to be suffering over the festive season, this could help. And on that note, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy allll of the roast potatoes. I’ll be back on Wednesday with my next post. Stay tuned, it’s a really exciting one!  

Until next time, Merry Christmas!  

Sophie 



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33 Comments

  1. 23rd December 2018 / 9:06 am

    Oooh this is so interesting! One of my best friends has terrible period pains, so I’m going to refer this to her as soon as I finished writing this comment. I like how honest you are; and don’t worry about ‘messy’ paragraphs! It makes it so much more realistic. Thank you so much for sharing this review!

  2. 23rd December 2018 / 9:32 am

    Great post Chloe! I never have period cramps myself (I feel so lucky) but this would make an amazing gift for people who experience it. And it’s really cheap too!

    Taiwo | https://www.alifestylenerd.wordpress.com

  3. 23rd December 2018 / 9:33 am

    I don’t have as bad periods as I used to but the first two days are definelty the worst for me with stomach and back pain, these pads look really great. I usually use one of those things you stick in the microwave but they don’t stay too hot for long so this sounds really great and heat does help me quite a bit! I’m glad it helped you a bit xx

  4. 23rd December 2018 / 9:37 am

    Omg! I said Chloe instead of Sophie! I’m so so sorry

  5. 23rd December 2018 / 9:40 am

    I wish these had been a thing when I first started my period. I used to get awful pains and I reckon these would’ve done the job for the times I couldn’t have my hot water bottle with me. Definitely investing in some (a lot) of these!!!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

  6. 23rd December 2018 / 9:40 am

    These sound like such a great idea! I’m lucky that I don’t suffer that badly but I have many friends who would benefit from this hugely! Thank you for writing this post! Merry Christmas

    Ellie
    http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk

  7. 23rd December 2018 / 9:47 am

    Thank you for such a thorough review of this product! It’s definitely not easy having your period over Christmas. It’s such a busy and hectic time of year. Having your period can sometimes just add to the stress of it all. These are such an interesting concept! I hadn’t heard of these type of pads before reading your post.

  8. 23rd December 2018 / 9:54 am

    I’m so happy for you that mother nature is giving you a break over Christmas and it’s great that these actually worked a little for you! Merry Christmas Soph

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  9. 23rd December 2018 / 10:06 am

    This was so interesting I’ve never heard of anything like this! I don’t suffer as badly as you with period pain, but days 1 and 2 I do have extremely painful cramps which I find hard to deal with sat at my desk at work, so something like this that no one would notice might be great to try. Have a wonderful period free Christmas Sophie!

  10. 23rd December 2018 / 10:55 am

    I am quite fortunate that I don’t really have that bad pain, but I have had 2 times when I have felt like I was going to faint – once was when I was working on a till a few years ago, and a few months ago was when I was getting my hair cut! These pads look quite funny, it is like a huge plastic across your stomach, haha. For the price for a monthly subscription, it sounds like it would be worth the money if you do have quite a lot of pain. Really interesting and great review! 🙂 hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  11. 23rd December 2018 / 3:23 pm

    I get really bad period pains so I’m always trying new things to try and ease them a bit. When they’re really bad I use kinesiology tape (which is actually meant for supporting muscles during sports) on my stomach and by the look of those pads, they seem to be the same kind of thing. I find that the tape really helps to ease the pain so I’m guessing these pads would be quite effective for me too. Thanks for sharing.

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

  12. 23rd December 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Periods over the holidays are the worst!! It makes me not want to do certain things @__@. I love that there are period pain relief pads. I need to check these out – it looks easy to use and it’s not pricey at all. Even though the relief wasn’t as consistent, it’s easier than popping pain killers. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  13. 23rd December 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I am so glad I read this. I get belly pains when I am on my period but only slightly, it isn’t as bad as it used to be and when this happens I get my boyfriend to rub his hands and then but them on my belly so it feels warm haha! I know that is quite funny but I find heat on my belly really comforting, when I feel sick in general, when I have pains or when I am anxious so I feel like I could benefit from these, as you said they warm up! I straight away thought how handy they would be on a long plane journey so I really do think I will get some of these or something similar, especially for my trip to Japan next year. Great post!! xx

  14. 23rd December 2018 / 8:00 pm

    These are a really unusual idea but they actually sound really useful! I’m kind of surprised that it works but using hot-water-bottle logic I guess it kinda makes sense 😀 xx

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

  15. 23rd December 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Wowwwww! And you have a whole series dedicated to this? Where were you when I still had a period? LOL

  16. Emma
    23rd December 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Very interest post! I don’t really suffer with much pain but I know friends who do. It’ll be interesting to try these.

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

  17. 23rd December 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I’ve not heard of these pads before but I’m intrigued to see if they’ll work for me or my friends. I don’t usually get super painful periods, for some reason my head aches more than anything and I get extreme mood swings?? It’s so strange to think how every woman has a different experience with mother nature lol. Wishing you a happy festive period! (No pun intended!) x

  18. 23rd December 2018 / 8:27 pm

    I’ve heard quite a lot about these, I need to give them a go as I get quite severe pain, so I think even something that gives a little relief would be perfect!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  19. 23rd December 2018 / 9:14 pm

    These sound great! I always suffer with excruciating cramps during my period, so I may just have to try these! ♥︎

  20. Michelle Blackadar
    23rd December 2018 / 9:23 pm

    great post sophie, i know how much you struggle with your cycle as have I in the past and these sound like a great option. I’ve had to take pain medication in pretty high doses to counter act the pain of my cramps so i would love to try something more natural. merry christmas xx

    mich / simplymich.com

  21. 23rd December 2018 / 11:53 pm

    I have extremely hard periods. I go through the same thing you do; throwing up, cramps, nausea. It has been that way for me since I started my period when I was 13.

    I think I may try these. Thanks for the tip!

  22. 24th December 2018 / 7:21 am

    These pads are so great for anyone who gets cramps during their period. That way they can really enjoy the holidays!
    Happy Holidays!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  23. 24th December 2018 / 9:04 am

    I love the new look of your site! Can’t wait til I invest in a Pipdig theme. I’m bummed to be on my period this Christmas, started a couple days late, so it’ll go past the holiday as well :/ I’m very blessed in that I don’t get terrible cramps, mood swings, or PMS. However, I do get really bloated, and although this is a more recent development, I do get acne this time of the month :/ This was an interesting read, and I’d probably invest if I experienced these symptoms.

  24. 24th December 2018 / 9:28 am

    This sounds like something I’d want to try, I’m not a fan of medicine to help with my pains so this would be a good way to manage my pains, thanks for this review

  25. 24th December 2018 / 10:46 am

    These sound so interesting.. I have such bad period pains when I’m on, usually only for the first 2 days and then after that it’s not too bad. I usually use a hot water bottle, I think its just the heat that really helps me. But when I have to go to work and I can’t really sit there hugging a hot water bottle I just want to cry and wish I could just have the whole week off work. The fact that these heat up though sounds amazing and I could totally wear these whilst sat at my desk. I may have to give these a try!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

  26. 26th December 2018 / 9:59 am

    I want to try them 🙂

  27. 26th December 2018 / 8:09 pm

    This is such an interesting idea. These would be great for work when on your period.

  28. 26th December 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too! My periods bring horrible pain along with them. And the new that something might somewhat for that king of pain IS a Christmas miracle! Thank you

  29. 26th December 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I’ll be recommending these to my daughter to try! Thank you x

  30. 26th December 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Ooh this is very interesting! I personally have such bad cramps especially the first few days and so this would be such a relief to try!

  31. 28th December 2018 / 7:50 pm

    oooh this sounds really pleasant! I’d definitely like to try one of these. I am irregular and sometimes when I get mine, it comes in really bad. Other times I don’t get any pain at all! Sometimes, it’s on my back or just really gives me bad mood swings. Who the hell knows LOL. I love the scent of eucalyptus though! Totally appreciate this post 🙂

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