What you need to know
In this blog we are going to cover the topic of red light therapy for menstrual pain.
- Red Light Therapy and Feminine Care
Today we are talking about a topic that is commonly stigmatised and taboo. That topic is period pain.
Women are aware that not all of them experience the same symptoms with their periods and they can even change from month to month in the same woman.
In a study that was conducted during 2021(1), results showed that menstrual pain was reported by 84.1% of women. Out of whom 43.1% reported that pain occurred during every period, and 41% reported that pain occurred during some periods.
With period pain, it is clear that it comes down to a case by case basis, but in this post we want to provide some information that can possibly lead to solutions for the women that experience discomfort.
Let’s start with the most common conditions and disorders that are associated with menstrual cramps.
1. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
This syndrome is a combination of different physical symptoms that can vary depending on the age of the women and other external factors. Some symptoms include tender breasts, irritability, cravings and oversensitivity.
Although this condition affects the whole body, the majority of pain occurs during menstruation. Women with this condition grow tissue similar to that which lines the inside of the uterine wall, outside of their uterus. It is a very debilitating condition that causes inflammation in the body.
This disorder is known for very painful menstrual periods. There are two types: Primary dysmenorrhea, which is subject to frequent pain, and secondary dysmenorrhea which is from symptoms from reproductive system disorders. Dysmenorrhea can be associated with other medical problems. For this reason, always consult with your doctor if you are concerned with symptoms.
4. Other hormonal imbalance
Hormonal imbalances are quite a complex topic that we will not cover in this blog. An example of a common one is PCOS which is related with prolonged prions among other symptoms. Always consult your doctor if you are experiencing any form of hormonal imbalance.
The truth is there are several conditions and disorders associated with painful menstruation that are far too complex to cover in this blog. The ones we have mentioned above are the most relevant ones.
Although there is very little research on this particular topic, the current investigations indicate that red light therapy may be a safe and effective alternative to medication and other common treatments for period cramps. Let’s see why.
Red Light Therapy and Feminine Care
Red light therapy is well known to boost cellular functions increasing ATP production, decreasing inflammation and releasing endorphins associated with mood improvement.
This combination makes it a great treatment for soothing PMS symptoms, and reduces the pain and inflammation associated with disorders such as endometriosis.
There is a study (2) that shows a link between blood flow and painful menstruations. Red light therapy can assist in areas of poor blood flow and help increase cellular energy. The study found that red light therapy provided pain relief naturally.
For those that suffer from primary dysmenorrhea there is a study (3) that combined red light therapy and exercise and found complete relief in 76.67% of the women that participated and received the treatment during the 3 months. In addition to this study, there is another one (4) that concluded that red light therapy was able to decrease the average menstrual pain of 8.3 to as low as 3.8 after just three menstrual cycles in the 44 women that took part in the study.
To conclude, we would encourage you to try it for yourself.
If you already have a device, commit to using it for 20 min/day for 5 days from the start of menstruation. Do it for at least 3 months to ensure that the follicles that the body is releasing are not previous to the start of the treatment.
Any of our devices will be suitable, except the Target Light 670.
Simply shine the light on your belly from 10 – 20cm away and relax.
If the light gets too warm, simply stop and do it again the next day.
It is not going to be a definite solution to the problem, especially if you have got some disorder or hormonal imbalance, but it can definitely provide some relief and help you feel better.
Remember, red light therapy is a form of therapy and does not replace proper medical advice. Always speak to your doctor in case of severe menstrual pain or if you suspect you might be experiencing some hormonal imbalances.
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