Cold in the Uterus is a condition that’s usually affects younger women more, and the cold is a real challenge, especially to the warmth needed in the luteal phase of the cycle when the womb needs to have a warm, soft, spongy and sticky lining to encourage implantation. The nature of Cold is contracting (think of lying on a beach in winter rather than in summer) and cold constricts and contracts both blood vessels and tissues. This slows down the movement of Qi and Blood as well as changing how cells function and overall the cold makes the womb a less welcoming environment; life’s not easy in the cold, especially new life.
Cold typically penetrates the womb when:
- The woman’s generally cold anyway, which makes it easy for cold to enter the womb
- Her abdomen gets very cold, often at a vulnerable time
Cold can affect any part of the body, and other common ‘cold’ experiences are ‘frozen shoulders’, stiff necks and lower back aches where the cold restricts blood flow, causes stagnation and creates pain. The pain experienced with cold tends to be severe and contracting and in these circumstances heat really helps because it ‘melts’ the cold and increases circulation to reduce the pain. Younger (otherwise fertile) women tend to be affected by “cold in the uterus” more, partly due to fashions of exposing the abdomen, from getting cold after swimming or sitting on cold surfaces. The womb is particularly vulnerable to cold during the period (or after a birth) as this is when the cervix is ‘open’ which makes it easier for cold to penetrate upwards, especially if there’s a flow of fluids.
The beginnings of life are delicate and require ‘fertile’ conditions to thrive and to use a gardening analogy:
“few seeds germinate on thin or stony soil, in the cold, in dry, or in waterlogged soil”
Experienced gardeners prepare a seed bed and plant their seeds in warm, moist, nutrient-rich soil to germinate, and they never plant seeds in cold soil as the seeds won’t germinate, but rot and die. Cold in the lower abdomen slows the growth and movement of embryos in fallopian tubes and reduces their chances of reaching the womb for
i From “Statements of Fact in Traditional Chinese Medicine” by Bob Flaws. ISBN 0-936185-52-X