Actually FLEX is an ideal period product for women with endometriosis. Here's why--
- FLEX does not contribute to any inflammation
Endometriosis is a problem with accelerated inflammation in the female reproductive tract. More prostaglandins, more leukotrienes are released in women with endometriosis and one of the hallmarks of women with endometriosis is the formation of scar tissue after inflammation occurs. This scar tissue can be VERY painful and can lead to difficulty with fertility for some women. Whereas tampons, whether organic or not, have properties that accelerate inflammation, FLEX has no effect on inflammation.
- Heavy flow
Women with endometriosis often have heavier periods. FLEX, because it captures 3-4x as much blood flow as an average tampon, means that you'll be changing your FLEX much less often.
- Position in the vagina
The vagina is widest at its most superior portion, or the vaginal fornices (posterior and anterior). FLEX sits against the cervix in this area. Tampons, however, occupy the lower and middle portions of the vagina--- the more narrow parts of the vagina. The cramping sensation that many women feel during their period happens when the lower portions of the vagina are expanded when a tampon fills with blood and vaginal fluids. Because FLEX sits at the top of the vagina, most women report less cramping. This is also due in part to the fact that the lower third of the vagina is innervated by the pudendal nerve, and the upper two-thirds of the vagina are innervated by the utervaginal plexus which contains both sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Basically, the pudendal nerve which supplies the lower 1/3 of the vagina, has more sensory fibers in it than those nerves innervating the upper portions of the vagina meaning many women who can feel the pressure of a tampon expanding (cramping) in their lower vagina, cannot feel FLEX in the upper vagina due to the differences in innervation and shape of the respective products.
Watch Dr. Jane discuss more about FLEX & endometriosis here.
Written by Dr. Jane van Dis
MD, FAQOG, a Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist