All of us dread those few days a month when Aunt Flo comes to town! Who can blame us, what’s not to hate – the nasty cramps, the tummy upsets, and of course the all-consuming fear of getting a stain in public. While some women are lucky enough to get through their period in just 3 days, the rest of us suffer through it for 5-7 days. No one can blame us for wanting to get rid of our periods as quickly as possible and luckily enough, there are a few natural ways to achieve it.
Natural Ways To Shorten Your Periods
Increasing your menstrual flow with natural methods is a sure fire way to shorten your period. Different things work for different people, so you can try a combination of one or more methods to see which ones work for you. Here are 5 ways to shorten your periods so that you don’t have to stay on ‘Code Red Alert’ for too long!
Massage Your Belly
“An abdominal massage reduces menstrual duration as well as menstrual cramps & pain”
During your period, your uterus contracts repeatedly to help expel its lining. Massage your stomach at least 2-3 times a day to move things along and shorten the length of your period. Use light but firm strokes to massage your lower belly area with your fingertips. Use aromatherapy oils such as lavender, cinnamon, and clove, in sweet almond oil for your belly massage. Studies show that an aromatherapy abdominal massage reduces menstrual duration as well as menstrual cramps and pain.
Use A Heating Pad
“A heating pad increases the blood flow to the uterus which shortens the length of a menstrual period”
A heating pad is an effective pain management system as it causes the blood vessels in the area to dilate which in turn increases blood flow to that area. Apply a heating pad to your stomach in the mornings and at night – this will increase the blood flow to your uterus as well as relax the uterine wall and shorten the length of your period. Studies show that a heating pad applied to the abdomen can also increase gastrointestinal motility and this will help to reduce the tummy troubles brought on by your period.
Chow Down On Vit C Foods
“Increasing vitamin C intake reduces the duration of menstrual periods”
Vitamin C plays an important role in the regulation of the level of hemoglobin in the blood, and a deficiency of this vitamin can result in anemia which can cause longer periods. Research shows that increasing vitamin C intake reduces the duration of menstrual periods as well as increases hemoglobin levels. Papaya, bell peppers, pineapple, and orange are some of the best sources of vitamin C and so you should have at least one of these foods on a daily basis.
Go For A Run
“Running when you have your periods revs up your entire system and this can help to reduce the length of your period”
When you have your period, all you want to do is curl up in a ball and wait for it to pass. With all the muscle aches and pains you’ve got going on, the suggestion to go for a run may seem sadistic but it isn’t. Running when you have your periods will ease menstrual pain and since it revs up your entire system, it can help to reduce the length of your period.
“Orgasms cause uterine contractions, which increases menstrual flow, shortening the length of your period”
Some people are squeamish about having sex during their periods, but if you can get past your initial reluctance, you will find that it comes with a whole list of benefits. For one, orgasms cause uterine contractions which increases menstrual flow and shortens the length of your period. In addition to this, sex during periods reduces the risk of PMS mood swings and stomach cramps.
These natural methods to reduce the duration of your menses but if you have unusually long or painful periods, you should visit your doctor to rule out the possibility of any underlying issue. If natural remedies are not working for you, the doc may suggest that you start the pill. Hormonal birth control pills can reduce the menstrual cycle length by as much as a day but you should not start any contraceptive pill without first discussing it with your gynac.