Vulva Owners Rejoice!
Here at Yinn, we have compiled a list of ways that you can manage menstrual pain without reaching for the pain killers!
Our periods have always been a burden, something to be ashamed of, a huge inconvenience - but we are happy to see that times are changing and people are starting to embrace, honour and enjoy their bleeds!
But, menstrual cramping can make it hard to enjoy that week of rest.
1. Nipple Stimulation
Nipple stimulation is directly linked to the uterus and the act of breastfeeding after birth has shown to speed up the process of shrinking the uterus back down to its original size. Massaging and suctioning onto the nipples, whether by way of your partner, yourself or a toy (we recommend SUKI from Yoni Pleasure Palace )
The clitoris’ sole purpose is for pleasure, and while we may not necessarily feel “turned on” during our period, clitoral orgasms and stimulation has shown to reduce the feeling of cramping and discomfort.
FYI - nipple stimulation can bring on labour too if you are in the later stages of pregnancy as it can promote uterine contractions.
2. Penetrative Pleasure
With our without an orgasm, penetrative pleasure can be very supportive during your bleed, that smooth internal massage can have a very soothing effect on the uterus, and vaginal canal. The experience for each person will vary, but some find slow and deep penetration to be very comforting with cervix contact, for other women, cervix contact can be uncomfortable and painful. Allow your body to guide you to what helps and what doesn’t. And don’t be afraid to say no, or ask for something different if you are experiencing discomfort.
For penetrative self pleasure, we recommend The Rosie or
3. Essential Oils
As lovers of all things natural, we love to use essential oils to support our pre menstrual symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue and that down in the dumps feeling, as well as during our bleed to aid cramping.
Lavender is a go-to essential oil for a wide variety of reasons. It’s very calming on the mind and the body, great for muscle spasms and pain. Good quality lavender oil is usually easy to come by too.
The Thursday Plantation Lavender Oil is available at chemist warehouse if you are wondering where to pick some up.
Peppermint essential oil is very cooling and calming on the emotions, it helps to alleviate feelings of anxiety and is great again for muscle spasms.
Thursday Plantation also has a peppermint oil.
Clary Sage is second to none when it comes to essential oils that are supportive of your periods. It relieves uterine contraction discomfort, is soothing on mood swings, encourages blood flow and is balancing on the hormones.
Clary sage isn’t as easy to come by in regular stores, but you can find it online just make sure you’re buying 100% pure essential oil with no added ingredients.
How to use essential oils during your period?
We love adding 1-2 drops of each essential oil into the Yinn Body Oil and rubbing into belly and lower back to sooth cramping and discomfort. Cup your hands over your face and take a few long deep breaths inhaling the aroma then rub any remaining product on your neck and temples.
Reflexology is a great way to relieve PMS and menstrual cramping.
Massaging below the inner ankle will sooth period pain. This can be an uncomfortable point to massage and not a lot of pressure is needed. Massaging the point between the arch and heel is also very soothing.
Lower back pain can be soothed with massaging up the inner length of the foot (toward the big toe is toward the head). And the heel represents the pelvic area.
5. Hip Gyration and gentle dance
Moving your hips in a circular motion and gentle dance and swaying can promote blood flow in your pelvic region which will aid cramping. Muscles deprived of blood flow and oxygen experience cramping more severely than those with adequate circulation. Prioritising gentle movement will naturally reduce your cramping.
6. Heat Pack
And of course - cuddles on the couch with a heat pack is always recommended.