Anyone who menstruates knows that the painful cramps that often coincide with your period can be agonizing. Yes, you can always take a painkiller, but heating pads for cramps are also extremely useful for easing lower abdomen and back pain related to menstruation.
According to Ana G. Cepin, MD, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University in New York, these wraps, pads, and pillows utilize heat therapy to relax the uterine muscle and provide menstrual pain relief within minutes. “Heating pads definitely help with period cramps just like they help soothe other muscular pains,” she says.
Your period — and the cramps that tend to come with it — can surprise you at any moment, so we found the best heating pads and wraps for just about any scenario. Staying at home? Then treat yourself to an extra-large heating pad that you can lay your entire body on or a wearable option for walking around your space with little to no pain. If you’re on the go, there are also plenty of single-use stick-on pads that’ll fit in any small bag or purse, too. Below, take a look at the 11 best menstrual heating pads for cramp relief no matter where you are.
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