Many women attempt to combat period pain with a hot water bottle and a couple of painkillers, but one woman has an altogether more unconventional suggestion about coping with PMT - by rubbing her own period blood on her face.
Yazmina Jade Adler, from Melbourne, was looking for a way to relieve her severe cramps, but wanted to avoid going on the pill.
The 26-year-old came across the unusual method after being advised by a shamanic womb woman to ‘connect to her own menstrual blood’.
Yazmina was discussing the monthly ‘ritual’ she now performs on the new SBS series, ‘Medicine or Myth?’, which discusses potential home remedies with a panel of medical experts.
And she claims the ritual has helped cure her monthly cramps.
“I've been using this remedy now for about 10 months to a year and my cramping has gone,” she told the panel, which included renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo.
“Every month, I create a ritual medication space, and I use the blood in a way to connect either through putting it on my hand or anointing it on my third eye.
“By doing this, it has relieved the discomfort.”
Yazmina - who collects the blood using a menstrual cup - said she wanted to share her own remedy in a bid to help other women suffering from period cramps.
Though her home remedy seems to have worked for her, experts don’t recommend the method as a means of curing period pain.
“I would never advocate smearing menstrual blood on your face - or anywhere - as a way of alleviating period pain,” explains Mr Ian Currie, consultant gynaecologist at BMI Chiltern Hospital in Buckinghamshire.
“There is no medical evidence for this whatsoever and a classic example of 'don’t try this at home'.
“Different women deal with pain in different ways - this woman has chosen a meditative approach, others say paracetamol, acupuncture or herbal remedies work for them.”
Mr Currie highlights that women should be aware increasing period pain could be a sign of an underlying symptom which might need further treatment - such as endometriosis or adenomyosis.
According to Health Direct, period pains are caused by menstruation, and most commonly cause a pain in the lower abdominal area. Sometimes this pain spreads towards the back and thigh areas.
“The pain may feel like sharp twinges or a constant, dull pain. Everyone is different. Some women may not experience any period pains,” the site reads.
As well as the discomfort and aches, there are also a number of other symptoms that you may experience during your period, such as headaches, tiredness, nausea.
Painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin can be taken to manage period pain. Paracetamol could also help, although studies have shown that it doesn’t reduced period pain as effectively as ibuprofen.
If ordinary painkillers are ineffective, your GP may prescribe a stronger painkiller, such as naproxen or codeine.
Other suggestions of methods to try include exercise, heat, a warm bath and massage, as well as relaxation techniques such as yoga and pilates.
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