Does a Hot Water Bottle Ease Period Pain?

Granny really did know best as scientist have proved a hot water bottle on the tummy can ease period pain. University College London scientists discovered heat treatment works by blocking pain messages to the brain. 

Science of a hot water bottle

Presenting his findings to the Physiological Society’s annual conference, Dr Brian King said: The pain of colic, cystitis and menstrual period pain is caused by a temporary reduction in blood flow to organs, causing local tissue damage and activating pain receptors. The heat doesn’t just provide comfort and have a placebo effect it actually deactivates the pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical painkillers work. We have discovered how this molecular process works.

Menstrual pain is one of the most common gynaecological complaints in women of reproductive age. More than 80 per cent of British women are thought to suffer from period pains. Research found that 20 per cent of young women said their monthly pains cause trouble in their relationships, while one in three is left feeling depressed.

A hot water bottle has many uses, don’t put it off and road test your own hot water bottle.  There are so many to choose from, traditional rubber hot water bottles to the latest technology latex allergy free.  There’s even a mini one to take with you on the move and at the other end of the scale take a look at the giant hot water bottles.

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Humble Hot Water Bottle Has Evolved

So, you may think the headline is crazy having looked in the local supermarket only to see the same old hot water bottle on display. But and there is always a but, with online shopping things have changed a great deal. Take a look at LoveHotWaterBottles and you’ll see exactly what has happened, the old types of ranges have evolved!  Gone are the dull green or bland lilac found in the high street chemist shops or hardware stores.  Over the last 15 years new production techniques and materials have expanded the capabilities, we now have neoprene or how about a velour with printed horses or even intricate heart shaped with tiny embossed hearts in the fabric, the options are endless.  Today colours are matched to bedroom decor and latest trends in fashions are used in the fabric design. Of course, we still have something for granny and who would not want to take care of granny with a good old fashioned traditional rubber hot water bottle.  These will always be around in good traditional colours and some nice Royal tartans, who can resist a proper Scottish plaid.

USA Jimi Hendrix Hot Water Bottle

The newer colours on rubber have arrived with soft pastels and rich deep purple making bold statements. Big changes have happened by using thermoplastic which have the advantage of being either transparent hot wate bottle or just about any shade or texture desired. With transparent you can see exactly how much water is inside and some even have very clever fish (not real ones!) that change colour when the temperature is right. These are very clever, ideally suited for children or the vulnerable as once the fish change colour you can see the water is the right temperature.  When it cools down the fish change colour again and everyone can see when it is cold.  The shapes that PVC moulds to is ideal to make all sorts of colours and textures, even heart or football shapes.  They can be any colour you like, the factory will select the latest colour trend and generally offer 10 different shades each year in 10 different styles and another 10 different finishes, as you can see this offers real choice for customers.

Fish Hot Water Bottle

Then there are the hotties, microwaveable hot wheat bottles. Now very popular and the choice is even bigger with animal ones proving to be the favourite with kids. Of course, these don’t replace traditional types, but it does offer more options, it’s not always handy to carry a hot water bottle around so microwavable ones are ideal.  Another reason for using heat wraps is the ease of use, not everyone is good using water especially hot.  An unsteady hand might benefit from using wheat microwave wraps.  Some are scented with lavender or vanilla, harder to find are unscented wraps as not everyone appreciated the aroma of lavender.

Microwave Heat Pack

Want something for the kids, the choice has never been better. So many fun cuddly toy warmers that just keep changing every season. For this year see our kids hot water bottles.

Most are padded and made to snuggle up to and stay as warm as toast.  Generous in size to accommodate a 1.0 litre bottle they warm up quickly and keep going long into the night.  Many double up as a pyjamas case when not used in the summer and can also be a soft toy for kids to play with.  Favourites have always been the teddy bear in every size and colour, over the years we’ve seen many fad and soft animal character merchandise but the teddy bear remains to one thing kids just want to cuddle up to on a cold winter night.

So, still think things have not changed?
For us hot water bottle fans we just can’t wait to see what is coming next.