When we started our voyage into the CBD market, a lot of our time was spent researching endometriosis. For those of you unfamiliar with it, endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
As of yet, there are no cures for endometriosis and it continues to wreak havoc in many women's lives. Symptoms include extreme bloating, chronic abdominal pain, pain during sex & heavy bleeding to name just a few. Often misdiagnosed, it affects up to 1 in 10 women in the UK.
We stumbled upon @theendomonologues in our first month of trading, and instantly struck up a great relationship. A one-woman band, Laura has amassed almost 15K instagram followers at the time of writing, sharing informative and relatable posts to the endo community as well as some light-hearted humour which brings some much needed positivity to our feed.
Laura has reviewed nearly all of our products (very positively, we might add), & he thankfully agreed to answer a few questions for this blog on endometriosis & how CBD found its way into her life:
How did you get into blogging & how would you assess your impact on the endo community so far?
"I started the endo monologues as a way of processing my own emotions, almost a online journal. The idea came after a colleague asked me if I was pregnant and when telling a friend this, stated that life would be easier if my uterus could talk. I actually never set out to write a blog but as I connected with more people I realised I wanted to provide educational content and writing reviews happened alongside that as I started to share what helped me. It's only recently that I realised how much of an impact my blog has and how I'm in a privileged position to spread awareness."
Where did you first discover CBD and how long have you been using it for?
I discovered CBD a few years ago after coming across a review for CBD lube being a way of making painful sex easier. It wasn't until 2017 that I actually was able to get my hands on some when a company in London started to stock a particular brand that had been recommended. I've been using it ever since!
How do you feel CBD works for pain and inflammation associated with endo?
CBD definitely reduces my pain and helps keeps my flares at bay. I realised how much it made a difference when I wasn't able to take it for a few days; I felt awful. When using it I find that my body doesn't ache as much, my sciatica pain is reduced, as well as the radiating pain into my pelvis/hips and I find any uterine cramps are tolerable. I barely have to reach for over the counter painkillers anymore.
Which one CBD product would you recommend to ladies who want to ease their endo/PCOS symptoms?
Definitely a tincture/oil as it's a great all rounder!
*You can find Laura on her Instagram page, @theendomonologues, and all of her blogs and product reviews over at theendomonologues.com.