Heat is very useful in reducing the pain of menstruation. For this, it is very useful to apply a hot water bottle. We explain its benefits and how to prepare it easily.
For many women, the arrival of menstruation, month after month, becomes a painful experience that ultimately they cannot avoid. Of these, between 25% and 60% tend to suffer from dysmenorrhea, which consists of a painful menstruation in which severe abdominal and pelvic pain arises, and appears just before the lowering of the rule and can last up to 48 hours after. In addition, it can be accompanied by other related symptoms such as waist and back pain, headache, dizziness and nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The causes that some women suffer more or less menstruation is due to hormones known as prostaglandins, which tend to spread throughout the uterus or through the woman’s womb, contracting, which causes the appearance of those annoying and intense stabbing pains in the lower abdomen. What’s more, it is known that the daughters of women who suffer from these menstrual cramps are more likely to suffer from this type of problem.
When it comes to alleviating and reducing pain, and even trying to prevent it from becoming so intense, it is advisable to maintain a lifestyle as healthy as possible, based on the practice of regular physical exercise (such as walking), perform pelvic exercises that help stretch and strengthen the area, avoid alcoholic beverages and tobacco, reduce the consumption of caffeine beverages (such as coffee or cola drinks), as well as eat healthy in general, especially opting for foods rich in complex carbohydrates.
From a natural point of view it is also possible to relieve and reduce menstrual pain. How? Opting for a sachet of hot water, a remedy as traditional as it is effective, which stands out precisely for being one of the most popular in this regard when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of premenstrual and menstrual pain?
The benefits of heat against menstrual pain
According to a study, heat acts in the same way as an analgesic drug would, by being able to deactivate the pain at the molecular level. This translates into something very simple: its mechanism of action would in fact be quite similar to how analgesic drugs work.
Among other aspects, when we apply on the skin for example a hot water bottle (around 40 ºC) in that area where there is pain, we manage to activate the different heat receptors that are located in that area. The result? These receptors block the effect of chemical messengers that are causing the body to precisely detect this pain.
In the particular case of menstrual pain, heat is very useful to relax the uterus, while reducing the construction of the different blood vessels, thus improving the flow of blood to the uterus.
How to reduce the pain of menstruation with the help of a hot water bottle:
If you are currently suffering from menstrual pain and want to reduce and relieve that annoying and intense pain, you only need a cloth bag that you can fill with hot water. For example, in herbalists you can find already prepared sachets, with fabric on the outside but with heat resistant material inside, which does not soak. They are generally soft, flexible, and easy-to-use plastic or rubber bags.
And its operation is very simple: you just have to fill the bag with hot water, avoiding not burning yourself. And finally apply it carefully in the lower area of your belly, while you sit or lie down in a comfortable place. It is important that you try to relax, and let the heat act for at least 15 minutes.
You will soon notice how the symptoms and pain tend to decrease little by little.