Gynecology & feminine intimacy

Painful periods: advice and solutions

That’s it, your period has arrived ! With more or less regularity, pain or tiredness. We give you all the advice you need to make the most of this often uncomfortable period !

Painful period : When periods hurt…

Painful periods strong, or dysmenorrhea, affect between 50 and 80% of women during the fertile period of their life [1], [2].
According to a study[3] published in 2005, 50 to 70% of adolescent girls have permanent or occasional dysmenorrhea, and 15 to 20% of them have to limit their activity at menstruation and even go to bed. A phenomenon which is far from negligible when we know that in France, painful periods are the leading cause of school absenteeism among teenagers and professional absenteeism among young women[4].

Their causes can be varied, their intensity can range from moderate to intense and there is a range of solutions to soothe them.

How about we take stock of the painful periods?

Where do they come from?

To evacuate the blood and mucous membranes during our period, several molecules trigger spasms in the uterine muscle. Among them, the prostaglandins, produced by the endometrium(the mucous membrane that covers the inner wall of the uterus) are the most active molecules. It is mainly under their action that the uterine muscle contracts. An excess of prostaglandins causes an abnormal increase in these contractions, which has the effect of compressing the small blood vessels of the uterine muscle and therefore partly depriving it of oxygen. It is this lack of oxygen, called hypoxia, which is the cause of most pain experienced during periods.

Are there different “types” of painful periods ?

While we are all concerned by the rules, unfortunately we are not equal when it comes to pain. For some, the contractions are quite okay, for others, they are just unbearable. We now know that in 10 to 15% of women who suffer from dysmenorrhea, the pain is such that it seriously hinders daily life.[1], [2].

We all have a girlfriend, sister or colleague who is unable to go to work or get out of bed when she has her period.

It should be noted that the term “period pain” is used to cover two types of dysmenorrhea :

  • primary dysmenorrhea strong : the famous natural cramps mentioned above. They are very common and mainly originate from the action of prostaglandins. These pains occur most frequently in adolescence and tend to decrease or even disappear completely with age.
  • secondary dysmenorrhea strong :it rather affects adult women, who did not necessarily suffer from menstrual pain until then. Its causes are physiological, linked to a medical or gynecological problem: genital infections, ovarian lesions, pelvic inflammatory disease … There can be many different medical pathologies at the origin of secondary dysmenorrhea including endometriosis: a chronic gynecological disease that has been talked about a lot for several years.

So when to consult?

You have to learn to listen to your body. If menstrual cramps are a brake on social or family life, if they prevent going to work, going to school or ruin life to the point of damaging morale, you should consult a health professional: gynecologist , pharmacist, midwife … or his general practitioner.

If the period becomes unusually painful when it was not the case before or if it is suddenly accompanied by heavy bleeding, do not hesitate to consult either. Particularly in case of fever. A health professional will be able to reassure and answer all questions.

How to relieve menstrual pain?

Pain is not a fatality. There are of course medicinal responses to alleviate menstrual cramps, but before drawing the heavy artillery, we can already turn to natural solutions. There are many and here are the ones we can already advise you :

  • Place a hot water bottle on the lower abdomen, or take a hot bath: the heat acts directly on the vasodilation of the blood vessels and helps relax the muscles which contract during menstruation. The heat brings immediate relief.
  • Gently massage the painful area: this is also about “relaxing” the muscles, particularly the uterine muscle, in order to reduce the spasms.
  • Complain ten good minutes against her cat, her neighbor, her boyfriend, the postman (we agree, it’s absolutely useless, but suddenly, it relieves).
  • Reduce your consumption of refined sugar: the latter increases the production of insulin, and excess insulin leads to the production of prostaglandins. You can replace it with honey or agave syrup for example.
  • Turn to essential oils: to apply directly to the lower abdomen or to drop in drops under the tongue. Peppermint, basil, dill, hemp, tarragon, sage … there is a wide variety of plants known for their action on dysmenorrhea. However, it is recommended to take advice from a pharmacist who will guide you towards the most suitable oil and dosage.

[1] Schroeder B. Dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain in adolescents. Pediatr Clin North Am June 1999; 46 (3): 555 – 71
[2] Kwon JS. Dysmenorrhea. Journal SOGC août 1997 : 955 – 62

[3]French National College of Gynecology and Obstetricians
[4] Source: social security in .

Claricycle™ your ally for your menstrual sensitivities

Claristick ™ becomes Claricycle

A name change for our food supplement. Because yes, Stick means “little wooden stick” to our English speaking friends. We have decided to change its name to make it more understandable for all of you.

It is a food supplement, it is not considered a medicine.
A drug aims to prevent or cure a disease or symptom, a food supplement aims to supplement the diet and / or improve a physiological function, such as fatigue, sleep, stress, immunity, …

This dietary supplement has been designed to help women cope better with their periods. We know how the pain can be significant, even disabling during this period. That is why Claricycle was developed to relieve menstrual sensitivities.

The Claricycle is taken before the start of your period and during the first days of your period. Thus, for optimal effectiveness, we recommend taking it the 3 days before your period and the first 2 days. However, if you do not know exactly when your period starts, it can be taken on the first day of your period, ideally to spot the first signs of your period for optimal effectiveness.

  • Why did you develop this product?

We conducted a survey of our customers, one of the questions was: which product would you like us to develop for you?

Over 90% of our clients responded: “a product to relieve painful periods. ”

We worked for 2 years to formulate and develop a product to meet this expectation. To come up with an effective formula, we looked at the cause of the pain, which is most often linked to significant contractions of the uterus during menstruation. Our product is made in France, which for us is synonymous with high quality, because the traceability and manufacturing methods meet very strict specifications.

  • Who formulated this food supplement?

Elise Aubin, our scientific project manager is at the origin of the conception of Claricycle™. Its role is to bring our product ideas to market. For example, it draws up the specifications and the planning of the project to carry it out.

  • What is the composition of Claricycle™, what are the benefits of the ingredients?

Claricycle Menstrual sensitivity is a food supplement in the form of tablets, composed of minerals (calcium and iron), vitamin (vitamin E) and plants: cinquefoil, anserine and yarrow.

Each ingredient has a specific role in the formula and is delivered in a dose scientifically validated to have a significant beneficial effect.

  • Calciumprevents the abdominal muscle from paralyzing and helps relax it. It therefore acts on muscle contraction and reduces the intensity of pain.
  • The presence of iron helps to compensate for losses during menstruation and reduce fatigue that can occur during this period.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has shown beneficial effects in women with menstrual pain.
Yarrow, and in particular its aerial parts, are traditionally used in menstrual disorders. This plant soothes abdominal cramps.

Studies have shown that the herb has beneficial effects on reducing period pain when consumed 2 days before your period starts and 3 days after your period starts.

The cinquefoil anserine is traditionally used for pre-menstrual syndrome and studies have also shown that it helps reduce period pain

It helps maintain good comfort before and during the menstrual cycle.


Active ingredients Daily dose

(4 tablets)

Plant equivalent Reference intake
Iron 10 mg 71%
Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) 11,6 mg 97%
Calcium 314 mg 39%
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Aerial parts powder

600 mg 600 mg
Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)

Aqueous extract of aerial parts of silverweed, ratio 4/1

1000 mg 4 g


  • Le Claricycle™ est utile pour le confort menstruel, peut-il également agir pour les femmes dont l’ovulation est douloureuse ou le syndrome pré-menstruel ?

The Claricycle contains ingredients as effective in relieving pre-menstrual syndrome as cinquefoil anserine.

The effectiveness of the plants present in the Claricyclenot having been evaluated on ovulation, and the taking we can not guarantee its effectiveness for this disorder. In addition, the use being around the period of the rules, its effects on ovulation are even less likely.

We recommend using the Claricycle after several menstrual cycles to allow hormonal changes to regulate.

ndeed, during the first period, the cycles can be irregular and the periods painful, it is the primary dysmenorrhea, the Claricyclecan help manage any period sensitivity that may appear.

The Claricycleis available on our website

The 5 things you need to relieve your painful period

Eating during your period is an element that can play a role in this period that we can say it is not only passion and joy. Unfortunately sometimes, diet is not enough to counter all your ailments like intense fatigue or painful periods. Supplementing a good diet with the right nutrients and vitamins will allow you to find the optimal nutritional status and therefore provide relief during this period of the month.

What you need to relieve yourself during your period and why


Periods cause more or less blood loss depending on each of us. The average amount of blood lost during periods is 40 to 50ml, or the equivalent of two to three tablespoons.

Blood loss also means loss of hemoglobin, which leads to a risk of iron deficiency and therefore anemia. Hemoglobin is a protein found inside red blood cells. It is responsible for the red color of the blood. Its main function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the organs

When the hemoglobin level in the blood drops, anemia sets in. Anemia is characterized by shortness of breath on exertion, fatigue, a feeling of being cold and chronic pallor.

We have all this slack during our period, and well it comes from there.

The body cannot synthesize iron and must therefore obtain it from food.

The ideal is therefore to supplement your diet with iron. It thus contributes to the normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin, and generally contributes to reducing fatigue.

Vitamins E

Vitamin E plays many roles in the body due to its antioxidant activity. What does this mean in concrete terms? That vitamin E is opposed to oxidants also called free radicals which are molecules that disrupt the functioning of our cells, and which accelerate aging, weaken immunity.

Vitamin E therefore helps protect cells against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is when we “oxidize” very quickly. An oxidant – antioxidant imbalance promotes weakening. When we have our period, we are more weakened, vitamin E will then help protect us against this oxidative stress.
Taking vitamin E has also shown positive results in the treatment of disorders associated with menstruation. (headache and premenstrual symptoms).


Calcium is one of the most common minerals found in the human body. Indeed, the calcium content can go up to approximately 1 to 1.2 kg in adults, whether in men or women.

It is responsible for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, blood clotting and also plays a role in the release of hormones.

Calcium is present in limited quantities in the blood. It is for this reason that a diet low in calcium, during a diet for example, can create deficiencies which appear most of the time late.

Thanks to calcium supplementation, deficiency and therefore muscle contraction are avoided. Calcium prevents the abdominal muscle from tetanizing and contributes to its relaxation. We therefore avoid any contraction that could induce abdominal pain.


Potentilla is a plant that grows in the wild. There are several therapeutic indications such as the relief of acute diarrhea, or gastrointestinal spasms. Potentilla is traditionally used in the treatment of dysmenorrhea

It contains herbs that regulate the menstrual cycle and have anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties.

In our food supplement Claricycle, we recovered aqueous extracts from aerial parts of cinquefoil.

2 scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this plant in relieving pain associated with dysmenorrhea.

Achillea Millefeuille

Yarrow is a medicinal plant that is used for various pharmaceutical applications. It is found in particular in the Himalayas and in Europe. It has been used for centuries to treat various illnesses including malaria, hepatitis and jaundice. In traditional use, it can be used in menstrual disorders and can help reduce fever. In traditional medicine, the plant can be used as an emmenagogue in menstrual disorders. Medicinal plants that stimulate blood flow in the pelvic region and uterus are called emmenagogues.

In our food supplement Claricycle, we recovered the aerial parts of the fresh plant.

A scientific study has proven the effectiveness of this plant on painful periods.

All these ingredients have been selected by our experts when formulating our food supplement and have proven their effectiveness on painful periods. We are therefore proud to be able to offer you a food supplement formulated from healthy ingredients that will allow you to relieve your period pain.

What to know about eating during your period

As we know, the onset of periods and premenstrual symptoms (PMS) often makes you want to throw yourself into anything and everything. By anything we mean carbohydrates, chocolate and especially all the sugar that you can find at your fingertips! We will not repeat it to you, you know that too much sugar is not good for your body. But during menstruation, it is even more serious, and yes! Diet during menstruation can have a huge impact on the ailments caused by this period. Here are some tips on how to best manage your diet during your period!

To avoid period pain, less sugar.

As we said earlier, period sugar is even worse than usual. Why ? Because the ingestion of sugar causes inflammation in the body. And this inflammation releases prostaglandins responsible for the onset of cramps and headaches …

If the craving for sugar takes you and you feel like you can’t resist, you can try eating protein and complex carbohydrates instead.

What to do to avoid slack?

During menstruation, we lose blood and for some women, the blood loss can be significant: we speak of hypermenorrhea. During this monthly period, the risk of anemia is therefore increased. Symptoms of anemia are usually as follows :
– Pale skin
– Tired
– Headache
– Cold extremities of the body.

So, during your menstruation, it will be important to focus on foods that are sources of iron, such as red meats (beef, lamb, veal).

Rules and intestinal transit

You are in a period of hormonal upheavals, so it is essential to maintain good food hygiene.

Here are some elements to promote in your diet:

  • Opt for foods rich in Omega 3 such as fish which helps to obtain a good transit.
  • Favor foods rich in good vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins like fish or chicken. Or green leafy vegetables (spinach, cabbage).
  • Consider slow sugars to stay in shape all day.
  • Consider eating one serving of fresh fruit per day during your period. This will help limit digestive discomfort and in particular bloating. Many of us gain 1 to 2 kilos more during menstruation and / or have swollen belly like a 3 month pregnant woman … So if we can avoid it by eating some fruit;) …

Drink a lot

Just like the fruits and foods mentioned above, drinking lots of water helps reduce the sensation of water retention such as bloating. The ideal would be to drink between 1.5L and 2L of water per day.

A helping hand ?

To relieve period pain and unpleasant sensations in general, you can also consider an additional intake of specific nutrients by taking a dietary supplement. For example, you will find iron, vitamin and plants specific to menstruation pains in our food supplement Claricycle.

Intimate irritation during menstruation

The itching in the private parts are very common and there are many kinds of itching, but there are also those that can occur during your period. Intimate irritations that are already basic are not very pleasant, but during their periods, it is even less so … Especially since during the period, the vaginal flora is more sensitive because it is more prone to the risk of attacks from bacteria.
So how do you avoid them? Where does this itching come from? The Claripharm Team brings you solutions.

Pay attention to the frequency of your personal hygiene

Despite the fact that the blood of our period is part of us and is completely natural, many of us want to get rid of it as soon as possible. We tend to want to wash more often just to feel cleaner and to avoid odors (and we understand you). Usually women wash more regularly during their period. But is it really good for our privacy?

The recommendations of the gynecologists are: no more than 2 showers per day. Beyond that, the body no longer lubricates enough to protect its privacy. Because yes, the vagina is a little magical, it cleans itself! So no need for internal cleaning and especially no douching! Douching the vagina unbalances the flora thus creating imbalances and infections. Once again, let nature take its course, the vagina cleans itself so let it work.

Our hygienic protections are not for nothing

In the majority of cases, the itching in the private parts is due to the hygienic protections not adapted to our vaginal mucosa or to our vulva which remain sensitive parts. Although unpleasant, this itching is fortunately not serious in the vast majority of cases.

The components of sanitary napkins and panty liners cause discomfort and then an overwhelming urge to scratch in some women. This is called, vulvar itching. 30% of women are allergic to disposable sanitary napkins. We then speak of itching but also vulvar eczema. And there it is more complicated. During vulvar itching, it is generally sufficient to remove the hygienic protection so as not to be embarrassed any longer, but if a persistent eczema appears, a consultation with your health professional and treatment should be considered.

Similar to vulvar irritation, you may observe vaginal irritation. They may be due to tampons. In fact, tampons dry out the vaginal mucous membranes enormously, which can create micro-lesions and scratch you. So why insert drying fibers into her vagina?

Why there menstrual cup is the best alternative to avoid intimate irritation during menstruation?

  • Our menstrual cup has been tested.

We performed our biocompatibility tests on the Claricup menstrual cup. Biocompatibility, what does that mean? That we have tested the silicone in our menstrual cup so that it is not cytotoxic, not sensitizing and not irritating. These are tests that are not mandatory but let’s be frank, being the first users of our products, we had to do them for us, but also for you, because we are experts in our field: intimate health of the woman. And not only have we done these tests before, but also after manufacturing the Claricup, to ensure that nothing contaminates it during its manufacture.

  • A very soft and non-absorbent surface

The Claricup menstrual cup is made from biocompatible and antimicrobial medical silicone. It is very soft and has a peachy skin effect. Unlike fibers in tampons, the menstrual cup does not dry out the vaginal walls and therefore does not irritate.

  • Our customers tell us 🙂

“Very pleasant. Before claripharm I had other cups and this is by far the best I have tested. No leaks no irritation. Even to the touch you can feel the difference. ”

“I have a very light flow and the cup is much less irritating because more dryness due to the tampons. ”

A little more advice

It may sound basic, but reminders are always good!
With its cup, we prefer cotton panties, which will respect our privacy. Cotton helps prevent irritation and protects the vagina.

If you notice that your itching persists outside of your period, it is undoubtedly another type of irritation (allergy, crabs, yeast infection, etc.). We invite you to read our article on the subject here.

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to:

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