Menstrual cramps can be a problem for some women. Although many menstrual cramp pain relievers are available, these drugs also have many side effects.
Some time ago, sitz baths were popular because of their various benefits, especially in treating menstrual cramps.
Not only does it work for menstrual cramps, sitz baths also have benefits for relieving pain in hemorrhoids, anal fissures, constipation, and prostatitis. Reporting from Stylecraze, here are some things you need to know about sitz baths.
Understanding Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is a warm bath used to relieve discomfort in the perineal area (vulva, anus and urethra). Soaking this area in warm water will relax the anal sphincter (the muscle that circles the anus), which helps increase blood flow through the anal tissue. This promotes healing and reduces pain, itching, and irritation felt due to various health conditions.
The use of sitz baths was first introduced in the United States in 1859. In the late 1880s, sitz baths were considered a spa treatment. Today, healthcare providers commonly recommend sitz baths for a variety of reasons, including hemorrhoid relief and as a treatment for anal fissures and other health conditions.
How the Sitz Bath Works
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When you soak your pelvis in warm water, the heat will relax the muscles, especially the sphincter. It also improves blood circulation to the perineal area and reduces pain.
Typically, doctors often recommend certain types of medications to be added to warm water, where these medications help treat infections by fighting pathogenic bacteria.
Sitz Bath Risk Factors
Because the sitz bath is a non-invasive treatment, there is little chance of injury. Infection of the perineum is the most common negative side effect associated with sitz baths.
However, this can only happen if you neglect to thoroughly clean the bathtub or plastic container and use it when you have a surgical wound. You can reduce the risk of infection by maintaining cleanliness.
Benefits of Sitz Baths
Having a variety of health benefits, here are some of the benefits of sitz baths.
1. Speeds up postpartum healing
Immersing the pelvis in warm water for some time not only helps cleanse the perineum, but also relaxes stiff muscles and relieves the pain to a large extent. Anecdotal evidence suggests that sitz baths can relieve discomfort in the genital area and help reduce healing time after giving birth.
2. Relieve Hemorrhoids
Doing a sitz bath when you have hemorrhoids can help relieve swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. This makes defecation easier and pain-free. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that sitz baths can relieve hemorrhoids that occur in some pregnant women after giving birth.
3. Prevent infection
With or without pharmacological therapy, sitz baths can help prevent infection. A study published in the Journal of Family and Reproductive Health states that sitz baths containing myrrh plant extract can help improve wound healing and reduce infection.
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How to Do a Sitz Bath at Home
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You can do a sitz bath in the bathtub or use a small plastic tub installed in the toilet. However, currently there is equipment available for doing sitz baths. Whether using a bathtub or sitz bath equipment, it is mandatory to clean and rinse the equipment thoroughly before use.
Fill a bathtub or plastic tub with enough warm water to cover the perineum. The average water temperature that is good for doing a sitz bath is 40 degrees Celsius. Soak the anal area for 15 to 20 minutes. Once finished, dry the buttocks and perineal area with a clean towel.
That’s a brief explanation about sitz baths. If you feel menstrual cramps that are unbearable, try doing a sitz bath at home, Beauties.