Soothe Your Period Cramps with a Heating Pad
Have you ever been going about your day and then BAM you’re hit with a wave of period cramps that almost knock you off your feet!?
There is never a convenient time to feel shooting pains in your abdomen – it feels awful when you have to try to compose yourself out in public and maybe even worse when you’re just trying to enjoy your favorite comfort movie in bed!
There are many different remedies for period cramps1, including pain relievers, topical creams, and even birth control. However, these don’t work for everyone, and some people might prefer a drug/hormone-free solution.
Heating Pads for Period Cramps
Heating pads are a great way to experience period cramp relief, au naturel (naturally!). That means no drugs, no hormones, and no prescriptions needed.
You see, your uterus is a muscle that contracts2 before and during your period. These contractions make your uterine lining shed, which causes your monthly flow and are typically the most painful on the first day or two of your period.
Applying heat to muscles, like your uterus, increases circulation and dilates your blood vessels This promotes blood flow3 and helps reduce muscle inflammation and swelling, which can help soothe your cramps (and your mind)!
How to Use Heating Pads During Your Period
To get the most out of your heating pad for menstrual cramps, follow these tips:
- Get into a comfortable position. Put on some soft music and turn out the lights before lying down on your bed or couch with your heating pad wrapped around your abdomen.
- Start with your heating pad on the lowest setting, so you can get used to the sensation. You don’t want to go too hot too quickly, or you could irritate your skin.
- Lie still with the pad turned on for at least 15 minutes, or until you feel better.
- Rotate applying heat to your stomach and lower back, if you have lower back pain, to prevent your abdomen from getting too hot.
- Make sure you don’t fall asleep with an electric heating pad plugged in and turned on! Although heating pads are usually very safe, it’s always best to be extra careful when using electric heat tools. Turn your pad off and unplug it when you aren’t home and before you fall asleep.
Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle for period cramps! It works the same way as a heating pad but doesn’t require any electricity. Simply place a pot of water on the stove and bring it up to 104-107 F4 and carefully pour the hot water into your bottle.
Period cramps can disrupt your normal routine, but there are effective ways to deal with the pain. Try heating pads during the first few days of your next cycle for a natural pain remedy!
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