Last updated on July 28th, 2018 at 04:38 am
Do you want to attend an event, go for a vacation or have intercourse and you’re asking how to shorten period fast naturally? There are many other reasons you may want to shorten your period or make your period come quickly.
This guide explains 9 easy ways you can get rid of your period fast or stop it completely.
What causes women to have period?
Periods or cyclical vaginal bleeding is normal in women during their childbearing years. It occurs because body hormones cause your uterine endometrium to thicken. During each menstruation, this thick endometrium is washed out in period.
Your period cycle, also called the menstrual cycle, is the time difference between 2 periods. At the beginning of your period, there is a low level of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is the dominant hormone in the first half of your cycle and it is responsible for the proliferation of the endometrium.
After ovulation and release of the egg, progesterone level begins to rise and makes the endometrium thicker and glandular.
In women that have intercourse during their ovulation period, the sperm from the man may fuse with the egg released. If this happens, the thickened and matured endometrium helps provide an environment for implantation and growth of the embryo or baby.
However, if there is no fertilization, then your thickened endometrium is shredded out as period.
Learn more: Know your signs of period coming tomorrow
How to shorten period to 2 or 3 days
These are some ways you can shorten your period
Having regular exercise during and before your period helps push out excess fluid from your body. This may result in shortening of period and relief of pain during periods.
2. Use oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancy and are widely used worldwide. Contraceptives can be used to shorten period, make you have a false period or completely stop your period.
Most common oral contraceptives or COC pills are taken for 21 days with a free 7 days period.
During the first 21 days, regularly taking your pill at the same time every day will make it more effective. COC pill contains both estrogen and progesterone which acts to prevent ovulation from occurring.
During the first 21 days, if you are just starting your pill, you may experience spotting on birth control pills. However, as your body adjusts to your pills, this spotting stops. During the free period, you may experience bleeding from your vagina or “fake period”.
If you want to stop your period, you can skip the free period and start a 21-day COC pack immediately.
How do COC pills work?
COC pills act by preventing ovulation from the ovaries. Ovulation is the release of an egg from your ovaries.
COC pill contains both estrogen and progesterone which prevent the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone which are responsible for ovulation.
Read More: What are my ovulation signs and symptoms
What types of pills are available?
There are different types of pills that could help stop your period. You should inform your healthcare provider about the best plan with little side effects that fits your need.
Some pills are taken for 21 days with a 7 day break period while others may be taken for 24 days with a 4 day break period.
Seasonal and Lybrel contraceptives are taken for continuous 84 days with a 7 days break period. This means you have periods only 4 times a year.
When can I not take a COC pill?
- You’re breastfeeding
- You smoke
- You’ve had a stroke in the past
- A severe migraine
- You have high blood sugar for a long time
- Your liver is not functioning properly ( Acute viral hepatitis or liver cirrhosis)
What side effects can I expect?
- Change of mood
- Breast pain and swelling
- Weight gain
3. Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
Intrauterine devices are inserted into your uterus and help prevent pregnancy in women. In most women, it can completely stop period. However, some women may still experience slight spotting in the first few months of insertion.
4. Get a depo shot
Depo-Provera shot is an easy way to stop your period or suppress it. It is especially useful if you cannot take your oral contraceptives regularly.
To prevent taking or missing your pills, you can get a depo-shot every 12 weeks.
However, depo shots may have side effects like thinning of bones if used long-term, weight gain and irregular periods
5. Use a menstrual cup
Menstrual cups helps to hide your period for about 12 hours. If you’re having heavy blood clots during periods, then you can easily keep clean and dry by using a soft cup down there.
6. Drink a lot of water
7. Use chaste berry or vitex
Chaste-berry increases prolactin hormone secretion from the pituitary when taken. This high prolactin levels will prevent ovulation and shorten your period quickly.
8. Raspberry tea
Are you having very severe menstrual cramps and want to shorten your period? Taking about 3 glasses of raspberry tea helps relieve menstrual cramps and endometriosis pain.
9. Have sexual intercourse regularly
Intercourse during period may be disgusting but it works to shorten your period naturally. It can help reduce pain during periods and make your period come quickly.
10. Use Naproxen and Ibuprofen
Naproxen and ibuprofen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) which helps to reduce or shorten periods. When taken 2 to 3 times a day, ibuprofen may help period end quickly.
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried any of these methods to shorten your period? Let us know.