2:41 pm - 02/07/2008

Can you possibly lighten/shorten your period?

Hey guys!

I have to admit this post is almost out of desperation because I am very sick at the moment, just got my period, and have a party to go to tomorrow night. I got it out of the blue, because it never comes on time... maybe once or twice a year. This makes it hard for me to predict how long/heavy it is but usually, when I do actually get it, its horrid. I'll probably spend most of my time in the bathroom rather than at the party. Even when I take ibprofen I still feel like my uterus is being ripped out *sigh*. I was just wondering, even though I know it's kind of a silly question, is it possible to lighten or shorten my period without hbc? Thank you guys so much.
jenn_possible 7th-Feb-2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
I know that I bleed more when I'm exercising heavily, and sometimes that actually makes my bleeding stop sooner.

I would recommend jumping rope. It's pretty aerobic and bouncy, and it might just knock the blood out of your uterus more quickly (this claim is not scientifically proven, but it makes sense with gravity, right?) I do wish you the best of luck. Sometimes, staying super hydrated can help with cramps, so drink a lot of water, too.
bakingfiend 7th-Feb-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Haha that does seem logical! Well, i'll give it a try.

Thanks!
fruchtzwergchen 7th-Feb-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
My mom swears by spinach for shorter/lighter periods... I've never tried it, I can't stand the stuff, and it's never been a problem... but the iron in the spinach *might* do something to back up her claims.

I agree with jenn_possible, although my exercise of choice (when available) is swimming, it's fairly vigorous, low impact, and your entire body moves... and staying hydrated is important.
betterbebalboa 7th-Feb-2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hydrating with lots of water, getting good excercise, and eating healthy--especially iron-rich foods like leafy greens (spinach) and red meat--should help you manage the severity of your period, even if they might not make it shorter. You might want to avoid caffeine, excess salt, and alcohol, too, to help stay hydrated.
ends_and_means 7th-Feb-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
orgasm can sometimes encourage the blood to come out faster (due to the contractions), but i've heard the opposite from some people -- that it makes the period stop for a while.
oopsiedaisies7 8th-Feb-2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Orgasms seem to shorten up my period!

Before my boyfriend came along, I had 6 or 7 day periods, but with a little bit of his help (!), they've shortened to about 4 days. Hehehe

Last month I we were on winter break from school, so we didn't really get a chance to do anything, and I had a 6-day period for the first time in a year.
ends_and_means 8th-Feb-2008 01:33 am (UTC)
funny!
elettaria 7th-Feb-2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
If you're only getting your period once or twice a year, yep, it'll be heavy, I'm afraid. Have you had this checked out by a doctor to find out what's going on? You don't have to go on hormonal treatment, but a diagnosis is still useful. Long-term, you could look into treatments such as herbalism, though for a menstrual cycle as out of order as yours sounds, I'd suggest consulting a qualified medical herbalist rather than self-treating.
bakingfiend 7th-Feb-2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've been to several doctors, and none of them have given me a straight answer. I've been checked for PCOS, ovarian cysts, etc. and they have yet to find anything wrong.

thanks!
kittiness 3rd-Feb-2010 09:12 am (UTC)
check for uterine fibroids and try a hypersensitivity test. my period used to be like this (worse, actually, bc i would not have it for 6 months, then get it every 2-3 weeks, then have it for a day then gone for a day, etc. lots of fun) but as soon as i stopped eating foods i was hypersensitive to, it's completely regular. how old are you, may i ask?
helpsyd 16th-May-2008 01:52 am (UTC)
I have the same period problem, im going to several parties this weekend, one of which is my boyfriends! i got my period and im freaking out. i usually get it 7-15 days, it drives me crazy. i got it monday, his parties saturday. If you've found any alternatives to shortening your period, I would love it! thanks. :)
truthy7 Shorter Periods with Winalite Pads25th-Aug-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hi girls! Some months ago I tried a new pad, called Anion Love Moon Sanitary Napkin from Winalite. One thing I noticed then was that my period was much shorter than usually (only about 2-3 days and very light). I thought it was some coincidence, or just one period that was out of the ordinary, but then, same thing happened next month. And I have heard many other women who use this pad that they are experiencing the same thing- their periods are much shorter. For more info about these pads you can visit winalitepro.com
sakura13_1992 Re: Shorter Periods with Winalite Pads20th-Feb-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Pads have not worked for me in the past due to heavy flow, but if this pad really does shorten/lighten periods the I only have one question. Where can I buy them?
heatherjividen Re: Shorter Periods with Winalite Pads8th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm new to the website but while looking up pms Google recommended this site to this exact conversation and opened up the link about the moon sanitary napkins and I'm curious do they really live up to the ad claims on the website "women have claimed to have shorter periods, much healthier then normal pads"? If so how many pads come in a box? Also is it normal to have blood clots during pms? Its been so long since I've had this happen I can't remember. All answers and opinions are greatly appreciated :)
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