Red Light Therapy and Your Menstrual Cycle

Red Light Therapy and Your Menstrual Cycle

A completely natural part of a woman's life, that tends to be such a taboo topic: the menstrual cycle.

It’s time to break the silence.

Every woman’s monthly cycle is different; sonme may experience mild to severe cramps, while others may not have any negative effects at all.

In this blog post we're going to cover some of the most well known menstrual conditions, along with the positive effects red light therapy can have on them.

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Menstrual disorders

Menstrual disorders and conditions come in 3 forms: 

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Irregular periods
  • Hormonal diseases

These include various conditions, such as:

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): including symptoms such as tender breasts, irritability and oversensitivity. This will depend on a variety of other factors.
  • Dysmenorrhea: periods that tend to be painful, either frequently or more severe from symptoms due to reproductive system disorders.
  • Endometriosis: This occurs when cells that makes up the lining of your uterus grows outside of it and latch onto other body parts.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Too much or too little of certain hormone, such as estrogen, which can cause serious problems throughout your body.

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Although there are a variety of medications and homeopathic remedies for these, there is a new treatment which is gaining popularity.

Yup, you guessed it: Red Light Therapy

The Research

A study involving 31 women with dysmenorrhoea set out to see if red light therapy could assist women with the negative symptoms associated with the condition.

At the end of the study the researchers discovered:

  • All women in the red light therapy group reported that their pain had completely been relieved.
  • 16 women reported positive results from their very first menstrual cycle
  • The rest had successful results at their second menstrual cycle.

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How does red light therapy relieve menstrual cramps?

Cramps come about when prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) are released by the uterus while rejecting the lining that causes the muscles in the uterine to contract. Red light therapy helps to lessen these substances and reduce the inflammatory process. 

By decreasing inflammation in the area, red light therapy also helps to:

  • Increase the function of cells
  • Soothe PMS-related symptoms
  • Alleviate discomfort
  • Decrease pain

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A simple 5-10 minute session aimed toward the belly can help to relax the smooth muscle tissues in the area.

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    Written by: Xanthi Georgiades