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Endometriosis Pain Relief: Should you use Hot or Cold?

Endometriosis pain relief

We are often seeking endometriosis pain relief, we tend to be told to use a hot water bottle. Place it gently on your belly and allow the heat to melt away the pain… right? Unfortunately, heat is actually the last thing you want to be placed on your abdomen when it is swollen and sore.

Watch this video to find out more:

Here are some of the key reasons:

The first is that endometriosis is an inflammatory condition so what we really need to focus on is reducing this response to get honest endometriosis pain relief. You don’t want to be adding to the heat of this inflammatory reaction by adding more heat. The same way I wouldn’t add a hot water bottle to a swollen finger (if I hurt myself). You want to cool the area or ideally just let it do its thing and heal.

The other reason we want to avoid using heat as a treatment for endometriosis is due to adhesions. Adhesions are what make endometriosis so much worse. They are the reason for so much of the pain. Tightness, stretching of organs and just lack of movement. Not good!

Watch my interview with Chris about avoiding Hot Water Bottles here.

Want the research? Here is an article that has heaps of references for you.

When we use heat on the abdomen we are adding to this tightness.

Try these ideas to give yourself better endometriosis pain relief:

There are heaps and heaps of things you can try. Stay tuned for more insights…

Of course, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below…

Hugs, Melissa x
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