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A TikTok user has shared a period pain hack and it could be a total game changer.
The hack sees @lessiamac massaging the top of her outer ear with the rubber-end of a normal, everyday pencil.
See for yourself below:
"When you have period pain just massage this point of the ear. Massage for about one minute and the other ear too," she writes in the video's captions.
And judging by the comments, lots of women are either completely shocked or have already set about trying it out themselves.
"OMG it's literally working thank you," one woman wrote with a surprised face emoji.
Another commenter shared: "Guys I'm back to say that it actually works. It may not cease the pain completely at once but after 5-10 minutes there's no more pain."
"IT REALLY WORKS OMG" wrote another.
A fourth woman said: "I instantly felt better. Thank you."
The unusual hack has certainly led to a lot of conversation and surprise online. Tyla spoke with Dr. Tania Adib, gynaecologist at the period care company Callaly to see whether there is a scientific explanation behind the hack.
And Dr. Adib says she was 'not at all surprised' to see the TikTok due to her knowledge of pressure points on the body.
"Pressure points work for all sorts of symptoms. There are energy points in the body and it's all connected, ear acupuncture is very commonly used," she says.
"Acupuncture really does work, it is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. I'm all for complementary therapies in addition to what we do in mainstream medicine - not everything is curable with prescription.
Dr. Tania admits that she has never seen someone specifically use a pencil - or any other object - on the outer ear to help soothe period cramps before but she believes it may work for some women. She notes there are also pressure points on the legs to help treat period cramps.
"There are certainly other things you can do for period pain. What I would say is go to a registered practitioner, it may work for some people and not everybody."
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