Hot tips for painful periods

hot water bottle clutched to belly

Dysmenorrhea, or painful periods, affects more than half of all menstruating women (estimates range from 45%-95%), with some 15% of women incapacitated by their periods each month. I have been putting together a larger piece on resolving painful periods naturally (look out for it – it is coming soon!) and couldn’t wait to share this gem with you.  This study found that “continuous low-level heat therapy was as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of dysmenorrhea”. The researchers used heat packs or dummy packs that did not heat up, and ibuprofen or placebo pills. It is worth noting that the heat packs were left in place for 12 hours. If staying in the bathtub for hours or booking a day in some healing spa waters is impractical, you could rig up a scarf hot water bottle carrier. Or consider finding disposable heat packs at the drug store or my favourite, the single use moxa heat packs, available from your acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor.
Your period doesn’t have to be a pain. Look out for more on eliminating menstrual cramps & associated period symptoms coming soon. And contact me to book a consult and find out how to resolve your dysmenorrhea for good.

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