PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Painful Periods – Due to Toxicity & Fascial Restrictions? Periods Shouldn’t HURT

Relevant Links:
Period Tracker app by Alisa Vitti
Period Pain YouTube Playlist

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and none of this should be considered medical advice. What I am is a woman with personal experience on this topic. I menstruate, and I am sharing personal anecdotal experience of everything I’m sharing here. I’ve also had additional experience via my friends, students and clients that have come to the same conclusions I have. 

Periods shouldn’t hurt. 

So why do they hurt? 

My first experience with this was in high school, when I was using what all the other girls used when my period came around: tampons. My period pain was so horrific sometimes, even after taking several over the counter pain medications, I would have to stay home from school and curl up in a ball in my bed until the pain passed. 

Then I learned about toxic shock syndrome, and I stopped using tampons around age 15/16. My period pains went away! 

Then, at age 26, I experienced acute pesticide poisoning from too much Raid being sprayed in the home I was living in (not sprayed by me, because at this point in my life I tried to be 100% organic, drug free, chemical free etc). 

My painful periods started again, even worse than when I was a teenager. I left that house immediately, and when I completed detoxing the pesticides my periods returned to painless. 

Since these experiences, I’ve paid close attention to any contact I’ve had with potentially toxic substances and the state of my period. 

I know I’m relatively toxin-free when my periods are easy, painless, there’s no clotting, the blood flows consistently, there’s no bloating, back pain, aches or mood swings. 

I know I’m toxic when I have periods that involve bloating, nausea, cramps, back aches, mood swings and clotting. 

There are two primary reasons I believe periods are painful:

  1. Toxicity.

    This could be in the form of: chemicals or pesticides in the food you’re eating; chemicals and toxins in your water;  household cleaning products; off-gassing furniture; beauty products, laundry detergents, exposure to heavy metals; pesticide use indoors or outdoors near your home…it’s a big list.
  2. Fascial restrictions in your abdomen that restricts the flow of blood, causes a back-up and leads to bloating, cramping and nausea as the  blood tries to make its way out of your body through a series of “dams.” 

The solution is to release your abdominal fascia and eliminate toxicity from your life as much as possible. 

One really incredible byproduct of doing this for myself is that now I can use my period as a kind of “alert” as to whether or not I’ve been exposed to something environmental. I might go 6, 7 or 9 months with painless periods, and suddenly experience a really painful period. Every time I’ve investigated or considered where I’ve been (walking around in a polluted city? Hanging out with someone who uses toxic chemicals in their laundry, personal care products, hair etc?) I discover the cause. I use fascia release in my abdomen to make sure the toxic blood can move out quickly and not recirculate. 

The female body is incredible (the human body is). Your body will use your period to detox you more effectively than it can during the rest of the month. 

There are two ways to release fascia in your abdomen: by yourself, or with a partner. The partner version is better for you (the person with painful periods), but it does require that your friend/partner learn how to do the releases safely and effectively. 

Click here to release your own abdominal fascia

If you have a partner, click here to learn how to do the partner fascia release for happier periods. 

Obviously, if you buy this theory, then you’ll also want to do a thorough inventory of toxicity in your home, office and greater environment. I suggest starting with your home: cleaning supplies, beauty supplies, laundry detergent, food…and consider anything in your history like mercury/silver dental fillings or other possible exposures to heavy metals or pesticides. 

Share your takeaways below and make sure to share this message with anyone who can benefit! Periods can be painless, so if you know someone struggling with dysmenorrhea or painful periods, make sure they’re aware of the potential causes and empowered to do something to feel free of that pain every month.

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