This month, we chatted with one of our FLO babes to learn about her experiences with PMS, growing up, and empowerment. Meet Liz!
What has PMS been like for you?
When I started getting my periods I never understood when people would talk about being impacted by PMS. That drastically changed my senior year of high school.
I remember vividly - it was a period right after Christmas. My mom and I were debating if I needed to go to the ER because we thought maybe my appendix had ruptured. I was super pale and sweaty and vomiting. I couldn't keep food down and meds weren’t working.
That was when PMS became something that impacted me on a regular basis. When I was on my period, I was always pushing through discomfort. I would go to class and then leave in the middle to go throw up. I was living on ibuprofen and never as engaged as I wanted to be. I was just living on ibuprofen and never as engaged as I wanted to be.
What role has FLO played?
When I got FLO, I was really skeptical. I got an ad for it when I was sitting on the couch having just thrown up from cramps and feeling miserable in the middle of final’s season. I thought, “I just can't do this anymore.”
Before FLO, I was only able to eat veggie broth and toast and sit on the couch. And then the first period I had after taking FLO for a cycle I was able to go camping with friends. Life doesn’t have to stop for three days while I'm in bed with terrible symptoms. I’m no longer scheduling my life around my period.
What does empowerment mean for you?
When I'm valuing my body for what it can do, not what it looks like. I definitely have grown into accepting my body for what it can do and not what it looks like. I’ve learned to acknowledge my own limits and my own capacity for beauty, strength, and interactions with other people. It’s been a huge game-changer to be more secure in who I am - that was definitely missing when I was a teenager.
FLO has empowered Liz to put PMS in her past.
Learn more about FLO and what its ingredients can do for you here.