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The Benefits of Using a Heating Pad During Your Period

The Benefits of Using a Heating Pad for Cramps

April 7, 2024

Period cramps, scientifically known as dysmenorrhea, affect millions of menstruators around the world each month. 

While heating pads aren’t able to magically stop period cramps, they can definitely help ease the pain.

Let’s jump into the benefits of incorporating a heating pad into your wellness routine, especially when combating period cramps.

Why is a Heating Pad Good for Cramps?

Instant Comfort

One of the most immediate benefits of using a heating pad for cramps is the instant relief it provides. The heat from the pad helps to relax the muscles, which eases the tension and reduces the intensity of the cramps. Unlike some pain relievers that take time to kick in, a heat pad offers immediate alleviation.

Natural Remedy

Heating pads tend to be a preferred choice for those who opt for a holistic approach to managing their menstrual health. Through the power of heat therapy, a heating pad works with the body to promote relaxation without the need for medication. 

Increased Bloodflow

When applied to the abdomen or lower back during menstrual cramps, a heating pad helps to dilate blood vessels, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. This enhanced circulation not only relieves discomfort but also aids in the removal of toxins, promoting faster recovery.


An advantage of heating pads? Their versatility! Heating pads come in all different shapes, sizes and designs, allowing people to choose the option that works best for them. Whether it’s a traditional electric heat pad, a microwavable heat pack, or even a wearable heated belt, there’s something out there for everyone’s lifestyle. 


Using a heating pad is super cost-effective. Once purchased, a heating pad can be used repeatedly without the need for additional expenses, making it a budget-friendly option for long-term pain management. 

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®