Review: EndoFEMM Heating Pad

Photo courtesy of Pelvic Pain Solutions

Oh man.  If you know me, you know I love my heating pads.  I have an electric one by my bed, a microwaveable one for when I’m watching TV, another microwaveable one for work, and even those ones you stick on your clothes for discreet heat.

Well, in April I received an email from Babette, the President of Pelvic Pain Solutions (and fellow EndoSister), offering me a free sample of their EndoFEMM heating pads (you can see them here).  If I liked it, I agreed I’d share about my experiences.  First off, I thought “free sample” meant I’d be getting like a 3″x3″ square of it so I can take it for a test drive; nope – it was the entire EndoFEMM heating pad in all it’s “Paris Girl” glory!  So, here I am today…which means I obviously liked it.

It’s a strap-on kind of heating pad that I can wear around the house, hands-free, and have a lovely, heavy weight and pleasant pressure on my pelvis, as well as constant heat!  I microwave it for a minute or two, but ALSO have the option of cold therapy (brrrrrrr, I hate the cold).

First impressions?  My husband said I looked like a sumo wrestler, so in good humor I stomped around the house in my best sumo pose.  BUT I cannot sing the praises of the EndoFEMM enough – it’s large enough to cover ALL of my painful pelvic area, even my mons!  I absolutely looove the heat and pressure on my hips.  And if my lower back is giving trouble, I just shift it around so the heat is on my backside.  A word of warning, though: it’s HOT – and when you fasten something HOT to your body…you get HOT!  So you may want to wait a minute before strapping this bad boy to your belly, or check to see if the heat is okay…

I love it.  It’s now my favorite heating pad and I absolutely want to buy the travel size one to keep at work.

So, on April 22, 2017, I started my period.  My EndoFEMM arrived juuuuuust in the nick of time.  Granted it doesn’t take away my pain and Endo symptoms…but it does ease them.  Heat has always been a comfort.  And now I have hands-free heat, comfort, weight, and pressure.  Like a purring cat on my lap.

Next, on May 20, 2017, I started my period again.  And happily reached for my EndoFEMM.  Again, I was met with warm, heavy, comforting goodness.  And HANDS-FREE! I think that’s my favorite part.  I just wear my heating pad around the house and can still do things like…pet the cat, reach for the remote, carry a glass of wine from the kitchen to the couch…ha.  I love it.  The heat lasts for about a half an hour before I nuke it again for 60 seconds. And I never realized just how much I needed the heat on my hips and mons…it’s incredible.  An all-encompassing gigantic heating pad.

Anyway, I blab!  I ramble!!  Just know that this girl loves this heating pad!  And thank you to Babette for turning me on to them!  Now if my crazy review has led you to their webpage, clicking that little “Buy Now” button, I absolutely insist you update me on your thoughts in my Comments section below.  Do you love it as much as I do?

Inconspicuous Pain Relief

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.

ThermacareIn the past, when I need to be mobile, I’ve used Thermacare the small sticky, self-heating pads.  They are activated when you open the packet and expose the pad to air.  They stick to your clothing up against your abdomen, they are thin, and provide heat for several hours.   They also make a large size for your back, in case that is also in pain.  They’ve never actually *fully* taken away my pain, but the warmth does help, and is a comfort. Thermacare’s webpage and more information is located here, and you can purchase them in pretty much any store or online.

hotshotzI’ve seen HotShotz at trade shows and various online vendors, but have never tried them.  They use small crystals that activate when you press a little capsule inside the pack.  Supposedly, they offer heat for a while and then you can take it home, boil it for a few minutes, and it resets the crystals & capsule to use again on a later date.  They may be small enough to slip under your shirt if you’re sitting at work.  HotShotz offers a variety of sizes and shapes as well.  To see the their product line, click here.

MN8There are several books, articles, webpages, and videos regarding the power of magnets and pain control.  I was able to locate several products (all costing several hundred dollars), but this one, MN8, is specifically created for menstrual cramps and will not break the bank.  It’s a small magnet that you place attaches to your underwear, slightly beneath your bellybutton.  MN8’s page also states, “It has been reported for many years that MN8 helps with Endometriosis.”  Interesting.  I may have to try this out just for the hell of it!  More information on the MN8, including purchase information, can be found here.

warmawearIf you can stomach it (ha, get it?), there is a battery-operated heating pad.  No cords tethered to the wall to give you away.  Warmawear appears to be a thin and small heating pad.  It boasts of fast heat and the battery life (3 AA batteries) lasts about 3 hours.  One more reason women can keep an abundance of batteries in her lingerie drawer, eh?  Again, I may have to look into one of these for myself!  More information on where to purchase the Warmawear can be found here.

Heating PadI personally keep this in my drawer at work this small, microwaveable heating pad.  It’s filled with rice, flax, and lavender.  A quick 1 minute in the microwave, and I slip this bad boy beneath my shirt.  If I get hauled into a meeting, I slip it out and hide it back in my drawer.  It’s not the best for mobility, but it’s hidden all day beneath my shirt.  If interested, you can find several different type and patterns on Etsy.  I recommend this shop here.

What do YOU use for your pain relief?  Something small that you can tuck away and hide discreetly.  Leave a comment below 🙂