The Egyptians used softened papyrus as a makeshift tampons and the Greeks used lint wrapped around wood. Other materials used in the past were wool, paper, plant fibers, sponges, grass, and cotton.
Early tampons available to women in the 1920s did not have an applicator. Some had to be removed by actually reaching in and handling the cotton or gauze tampon, while others had strings for easy removal. In 1929, Dr. Earl Haas invented a stringed tampon with an applicator. He filed for the patent in 1931, and later trademarked the name “Tampax.” The rights and product were then purchased by Gertrude Tendrich, who founded the Tampax company. And in 1936, the first Tampax ad was launched and a package of 10 tampons cost a whopping 35 cents! There are a lot more tampons on the market to choose from, some with applicators (cardboard or plastic), some without, some organic, some with odor control, some without.
My fellow EndoWarrior, Lauren Siciliano, designed and created these t-shirts. Not only are they beautiful(!!), but they raise Endometriosis Awareness, and all proceeds are donated to the Endometriosis Research Center!
Each shirt costs only $18.00, plus $5.75 if you need it shipped!
So last night I read about this thing called “body brushing.” I rolled my eyes, scoffed, and moved on. Woke up this morning full of curiosity about it and asked my fellow EndoWarriors if any of them have heard about it. 99.9% of those that responded LOVE body brushing!
What is body brushing? It’s running a dry bristle brush lightly across the surface of your skin, in a particular order and direction. Not only will it slough off old skin bits, but it’s *supposed* to increase circulation and help unclutter our lymphatic systems. Which is all good for us. What’s a lymphatic system? Observe below:
Hypothetical, but it happens more often than not : So it’s one of those flareup, crampy days. But you HAVE to go to work. You have to run errands. You have to face the world. What do YOU do? Can’t plug a heating pad in and walk around all day – you’d need one hellava long extension cord…Painkillers may not be an option for you that day. You may need your full faculties. Lord knows I do…
So I’m exploring options as far as “inconspicuous” pain relief.