Life doesn’t stop for endometriosis — which is why I always have to be prepared. Wherever I go, I take a couple of endo essentials with me in my bag.
I know this post has been floating around the internet for a long time (and TBH, I’m obsessed with it — because I’m nosy AF), but I’ve never seen an endometriosis version before. Hence why I decided to create one!
These are the endometriosis essentials I don’t go anywhere without. I hope these help you survive and thrive on-the-go just as I have — and when the going gets tough, I hope these tips help you get through.
When you have endometriosis cramps, there’s not much you can do other than self-medicate and wait for them to pass. A travel-sized bottle of painkillers fits neatly in your bag and makes the perfect solution for pain relief on the run. Aleve or Midol is my drug of choice, but other people prefer Pamprin, Advil or Tylenol. My advice? Choose whichever brand works best for you (and be wary of taking too much acetominophen!).
When I’m out and about, I never know when endometriosis pain is going to strike. That’s why I always carry a ThermaCare Advanced Menstrual Therapy self-heating patch in my bag. These patches take about 10-20 minutes to reach their maximum temperature, and last for hours afterwards. They don’t require any microwaving and have an adhesive strip to attach to your underwear, so they’re perfect for pain relief on-the-go.
I’m currently taking progestin for my endometriosis so I will no longer get a menstrual period. However, despite the lack of periods, I do get quite a bit of random spotting throughout my cycle. It can be difficult to predict when my spotting is going to start, so it often takes me by surprise when I’m out and about. I carry my Coconut Water Summer’s Eve Simply Cleansing Cloths to freshen up when spotting catches me off-guard.
The world is full of sick people, now more than ever — but it’s not practical to wash your hands at real sink everywhere you go. Hand sanitizer is a must for staying germ-free when you’re on the run. I buy mine at Bath and Body Works because I love the variety of scents, but the most important thing is that your hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol to kill the widest number of germs possible.
I take medication for my chronic illnesses morning and night. When it comes to my night meds, I don’t always have the luxury of being at home when it’s time to take my meds. So, I carry my prescription meds with me on an as-needed basis — and I’m careful to take them out of my bag when I’m home, so I always know where my medication is hanging out.