Have you heard about CBD tampons and CBD lubes relieving period pain, pelvic pain or painful sex? These days, there’s a lot of discussion about cannabidiol (CBD) products. Derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, CBD offers many potential therapeutic qualities without getting you high. CBD oils and lotions may stop pain, or even offer relief from anxiety and depression. In fact, people are so excited about CBD’s pain-relieving properties, there’s now CBD tampons and CBD lubricant on the market, designed to relieve menstrual pelvic pain or help make sex less painful.
Since painful periods and pain with sex are two common fibroid symptoms, these are two products our doctors want to learn more about. So far, what we’ve discovered is that some women find pain relief from CBD, but we still don’t know how it affects the rest of your body. Let’s look at how CBD tampons and CBD lubes really work, and learn how women with period pain or painful sex will be affected by their use.
What are CBD Tampons?
Though they’re called CBD tampons, they aren’t intended to absorb menstrual blood. Actually, CBD tampons are suppositories that you insert into your vagina. Made from CBD oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil, the suppositories dissolve in your body after insertion. And because your vagina is so absorbent, the CBD oil is delivered quickly to your bloodstream. This means quick pain relief, but what else will the oils do while circulating through your body?
How will CBD Affect Your Body?
In addition to reducing inflammation–and pain–in your pelvic area, CBD tampons may interact with your medications. This means your drugs, especially antibiotics and anti-anxiety medications, may not be as effective.
CBD suppositories could also change the chemical balance of your vagina, leaving you vulnerable to yeast and other infections. And for women who are trying to conceive or already pregnant, these ‘tampons’ are a major no-no. The CBD could change the way sperm functions in your body. It could also impact and change fetal development.
While CBD tampons do seem to offer temporary period pain relief, there’s a lot we don’t know about what else they do to you. For that reason, we advise treating the cause of your period pain–from fibroids to adenomyosis to endometriosis–rather than trying funky new methods of temporary pain relief.
Now, let’s take a look at CBD lube, to see if this cannabinoid-infused product could help make sex with fibroids less painful.
What is CBD Lube?
CBD lube is, quite simply, a personal lubricant infused with cannabidiol. Fans of this product say that it helps relieve everything from pelvic pain to anxiety about sex. (Both of which may be a problem if you’re living with fibroids.)
Now, fortunately, the CBD doesn’t relieve pain by numbing your body. Instead, evidence suggests that the lube can improve your blood flow, which helps you relax and focus on feeling good while you’re intimate with your partner.
Need some product recommendations? Here are a few top picks we’ve discovered after talking to women for whom they’ve worked. (Always talk to your doctor before trying any new intimate product.)
- Kiskanu Intimacy Oil. This hemp-derived lubricant contains cold-pressed oil, CBD and calendula.
- O by Dani Pepper CBD Lube. For added safety, this water-based lubricant can be used with prophylactics.
- Quim Smooth Operator Intimate Serum. This CBD lube is specially formulated for people with pelvic pain, to promote relaxation, increase blood flow and decrease inflammation. Since fibroids and pelvic pain often go hand-in-hand, this could be a great choice for women with uterine tumors.
While our doctors can’t guarantee that CBD lube will deliver pain relief, there should be few downsides if you choose a product with all-natural ingredients. Adding any kind of lubricant with sex can reduce the physical pain of intimacy, so a CBD lube should be fine to try, as long as you review your product choice with your doctor.
Fighting Fibroid Symptoms
Whether it’s CBD tampons or CBD lubes, certain products can temporarily relieve your fibroid pain. Unfortunately, they won’t offer a permanent solution: they can just buy you time until you choose a permanent fibroid treatment. Ready to put painful sex and periods in your past? Our Houston fibroid experts are here to help. All you have to do is schedule a consultation, to learn more about treating your painful fibroid tumors.
Sources: healthline.com, huffpost.com, SF Gate