This month, we chatted with one of our FLO babes to learn about her experiences with PMS, self-love, and empowerment. Meet Jesscy!
What did PMS look like for you?
It has been a lifelong hell, ever since my first period I’ve had excruciating endometriosis. Doctors were telling my mom when I was 15 years old that I either had to have a full hysterectomy or have a baby because those were the two options at that time that would actually be able to fix me and, obviously, I knew that neither were gonna happen when I was 15. So I’ve just been a lifelong sufferer. I’ve dreaded that time of the month every month for the last 20 years.
What role has FLO played?
I loved FLO’s ingredients and they tasted awesome and I thought “There’s just no way these little gummies are gonna help me.” The first period after the first couple of weeks I took them just wasn’t enough time. And then my second period I had on them was just insanely good. I had the best period that I’ve probably had in my entire life.
Yeah it gives me hope - I know that it sounds so cheesy for a little pink gummy to give me so much hope, but it really does give me hope - that my lifelong struggle with my periods is no longer gonna be a huge issue.
What does empowerment mean for you?
Well, I had an awesome example of that - I was raised in a single-parent household and we were really impoverished. I never knew my dad growing up at all, I didn’t know his name or anything about him. My mom was really just a shining example of what being a strong, empowered woman looks like. I’m just really grateful I had her.
One thing, that ties more into not having a father figure, was learning to really love myself. And not an egotistical, prideful type of love, but just knowing my place in the world. That everybody is equal, that nobody is better than anybody else. I just need to love me for who I am. I’m not my past, I'm not my mistakes. I’m just a better version of myself every day. If I had learned that sooner, I would have been so much better off. Doing the self-work to understand that, at this point in my life, has been really awesome just to feel more empowered. It all comes down to self-love - that’s what it all comes down to when you get to the nitty-gritty of it.
What do self-care and self-love routines look like for you?
I’ve been learning to differentiate between ego-based self-care like “Ooh I’m gonna buy myself this thing that I want” and actual intuitive self-care to make sure I take daily care of myself. Giving my body good nutrients and time outside. It’s so easy for busy days just to get away and for me to not pick up my guitar for a month, so I’ve really been focusing on at least 15 min a day of that for self-care just to make sure that I am balanced. Self-care is a huge piece of my puzzle.
FLO has helped Jesscy put PMS in her past.
Learn more about FLO and what its ingredients can do for you here