How To Make A Homemade Heating Pad

An Easy Way To Eiminate Menstrual Pain

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Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or period pains, are painful sensations felt in the lower abdomen that can occur both before and during a woman's menstrual period. Some women only experience the slightest of cramps during their period while, for others, the pain can be severe. Sometimes, this pain also radiates outward to the pelvis and the lower back. 

An anti-inflammatory medication can help but, if you'd prefer to avoid medication, a heating pad could also ease your pain.

And you don't even have to shell out big bucks to get one.

Here's how you can make a heating pad using things you probably already have at home.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

What You Need

  • Tube sock
  • Rice (do not use instant rice)
  • Microwave oven

Here's How

  1. Fill the foot of a tube sock with rice. 
  2. Tie the open end of the tube sock into a knot.
  3. Place the rice-filled sock into your microwave oven for 2 to 3 minutes on high power. Time may vary by microwave, so check after one and a half minutes.
  4. Remove the sock from the microwave and place it onto the area of your body where you're feeling pain.

Additional Tip

The sock may be very hot. Protect your skin from burning by using a towel or other material between your skin and the sock.

Related Reading

Dysmenorrhea: What You Need to Know About Menstrual Cramps. More than 50 percent of women experience menstrual pain during menstruation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), about one in 10 women experience menstrual pain so severe they are unable to function as they normally do for one to three days each month.

How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps. If the homemade heating pad isn't doing it for you, there are other ways to ease the pain. Exercise, oral contraception, certain vitamins, herbal remedies, and a warm bath are all methods that have proven helpful for other women.

Menstrual Cramps: Help For Painful Periods.

 Primary dysmenorrhea is the menstrual pain the majority of women experience. Secondary dysmenorrhea is diagnosed when menstrual cramps are caused by other conditions such as endometriosis, fibroid tumors, pelvic adhesions, and ovarian cysts, or by the use of an intrauterine device (IUD).

While it’s perfectly normal to experience mild cramps during menstruation, you may want to consult with your doctor if cramping becomes especially painful. You should also call your doctor if your cramps are accompanied by a fever, if there is an increased or foul-smelling vaginal discharge, if you experience severe pain, or if your period is more than one week late and you have been sexually active.

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