Quick story time. My uterus has been trying to kill me my entire menstruating life. From laying in the nurse’s office all day at school to calling in sick from work as an adult, my cramps have remained undefeated. That is, until a year or so ago when got an IUD for the sole purpose of putting myself out of my misery. (A different story for a different time.)
I’ve never been diagnosed with endometriosis, but I used to beg for a hysterectomy. I’m not being dramatic. If the choice was between kids and living pain-free, I was down to adopt. It was excruciating. No Midol could touch it. Heating pads were a joke. No one really takes you seriously unless they’ve been in that type of pain. Because there are “cramps” and then there are cramps.
Recently Nannocare reached out to me and offered to send me samples of their NannoPad, which claims to help relieve menstrual discomfort. First of all, by “samples” I mean four full boxes. Although I no longer have a period (again, thank you IUD), if you’re telling me a pad can help with cramps, I want it.
I’ve been pushing these pads to my friends for the past month and, although I can’t personally vouch for their effectiveness, I have been told that they do seem to minimize cramping. Whether they’re actually working, or it’s a placebo effect, pain relief is pain relief. I may not have any use for these products for the foreseeable future, but I can 100% appreciate and get behind the following qualities:
- They’re all-natural and made of organic cotton. Which is important because chemicals are lame.
- They’re thin as hell. So they feel less like a Pamper and more like adult underwear.
- The wrapper is completely sealed. Unlike other brands, which seem to collect random crumbs from the bottom of your purse. (Stop, you know what I’m talking about.)
- They’re trying to help women live more comfortably. Which is honestly more than we can say for our Congress, so there’s that.
Whether you try a product like NannoPad or not, understand that extreme menstrual pain is not normal. If you’re suffering, go see a doctor and insist that they find a way to help you. Listen to your body, and advocate for what’s best for you.