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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!