Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna for Menstrual Pain

Ladies, if you consistently struggle with bloating, cramping, and all the other unpleasant things that come with menstruation, we’d like to tell you about how some GHS® who have used an infrared sauna for menstrual pain. Menstruation is just a fact of life for post-pubescent women, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options available to combat its unpleasant side effects.

Before we go into the details of how infrared saunas can alleviate the symptoms of menstrual cramping, we think it is worthwhile to point out what is exactly going on with menstrual cramps. But, if you’re familiar with all the “how’s” and “what’s” of menstrual cramping, then you can skip ahead to the “How Infrared Saunas Work for Menstrual Pain” section. Once you’ve read over the material, we invite you to look into the numerous models of infrared saunas that are available from Good Health Saunas®, one of the most respected brands in the industry.

So, What is Menstrual Pain?

Menstrual pain and cramping has a technical name: “dysmenorrhea,” which may be comforting to know that science is hard at work on menstrual cramps, maybe? So, menstrual pain generally summarizes the cramping, throbbing, stabbing, shooting pains that accompany menstruation. (Men, the closest way we could describe this pain is to imagine eating a bucket of KFC, then a carton of ice cream, then attempting to run a 5-minute mile. But, instead of winning a medal after you cross the finish line, there’s Chuck Norris and he’s karate chopping your abs… over and over and over and over again. You get the picture.)

Back to the topic at hand; menstrual cramps occur prior to and after the actual menstruation takes place. While some may have menstrual cramping sensations that are just an annoyance, others may find the pain to be so severe that it can interfere with their schedule for several days out of each month.

Back to the topic at hand; menstrual cramps occur prior to and after the actual menstruation takes place. While some may have menstrual cramping sensations that are just an annoyance, others may find the pain to be so severe that it can interfere with their schedule for several days out of each month.

The actual painful portion of your period is caused by a hormone-like lipid compound known as prostaglandin. This lipid triggers uterine contractions to help the uterus shed its lining.

Conditions that Exacerbate Menstrual Cramps

There are several conditions that can exacerbate the symptoms of menstrual cramps, such as uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, as well as ovarian cysts and torsions. So, if highly discomforting or painful cramps are a recent phenomenon, you should consult your primary care provider or doctor for a professional opinion. Some other factors that can increase the severity of menstrual cramps include:

  • Early start to puberty (before age 11)
  • Heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) during menstruation
  • Irregular bleeding (known as metrorrhagia)
  • Tobacco products (another great reason to quit!)

How Infrared Saunas Help with Menstrual Pain

Infrared saunas can help menstrual pain in several ways, and are generally safe to use during your period. For those with a period that is abnormally light, an infrared sauna can increase blood flow to the uterus, helping the process.

To help with cramping, infrared saunas feature carbon and/or ceramic heating elements. These create radiant heat that goes several inches below the surface of the skin. This is soothing heat that counteracts some of the unpleasant cramping that often accompanies menstruation. The deep-penetrating, radiant heat from infrared saunas also helps to dilate blood vessels, allowing your body to expel toxins and improve blood flow to the uterus.

There’s also the sense of blissful relaxation that comes with infrared sauna use. Warming your tissues and muscles has similar effects to jogging or moderate exercise. It is this thermal action that produces endorphins and serotonin — you know, your brain’s “happy chemicals.”

If you are considering infrared saunas for use in menstruation relief, weight management, or pain relief, Good Health Saunas® has a number of options available. These infrared saunas come in one-, two-, three-, and even four-person seating configurations and are available in a number of attractive options. For good health, consider an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas, today!

Infrared Saunas Help with Menopause, Too!

While infrared saunas were designed with the goal of helping users reach unparalleled states of relaxation, they have also been found to help menstruation (as you’re now aware), low blood sugar, high blood pressure, and many other conditions. Notably, infrared saunas can help relieve symptoms related to menopause, such as depression, chills, nervousness, anxiety, stomach cramping, and headaches.

Closing Thoughts

It’s important to remember that every woman, because of her unique physiology, will have a different feeling when they use an infrared sauna during menstruation. Because infrared saunas do help boost blood circulation to tissues and muscles, you may experience a slightly heavier period. But, this can also help to reduce the duration of your period. It’s also important to keep up with your water and electrolyte intake when using an infrared sauna since you will sweat and hydration is one of the pillars of great health.