How to Shorten Your Period Cycle

Every woman has a different menstrual cycle and every woman wishes that she had a shorter and lighter cycle. Follow these tips to shorten your menstrual cycle.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
Written by: Bhadra KamalasananUpdated at: Apr 28, 2015 18:21 IST
How to Shorten Your Period Cycle

Every woman has a different menstrual cycle and every woman wishes that she had a shorter and lighter cycle. If you want to shorten your menstrual cycle, take a look at these tips.


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Take Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills may seem right to be used only when you want to avoid pregnancy, but it can also be used to relieve symptoms of menstruation and the length of bleeding. Oral contraception helps stop ovulation. There are different types of birth control pills that provide a week of placebo pills for menstruation to occur. There are several newer pills that reduce the period of menstruation to up to four times per year.


Take Hormone Balancing Herbs

Several herbs tend to help balance the hormones naturally and thereby, shorten the periods that are unusually long. According to, chasteberry works through the hypothalamus-pituitary pathway to normalise the prolactin and progesterone levels. Considering that lowered progesterone at different phases in the menstrual cycle can lead to heavy periods, increasing the level of the hormone in the body leads to lighter and shorter periods.





Increasing the extent of exercises that one does throughout the month can help in shortening menstruation. An increased amount of cardiovascular exercise, such as vigorous sports and running reduces the length of a woman’s period greatly. Another positive effect of exercising more includes less PMS and cramping. Make sure that you exercise even when you are on your period. This is because taking a break of 5 days may not help in letting the effect of exercising shape up. Several studies have found a correlation between the length of menstrual cycle and one’s body fat.


Masturbate or Have Sexual Intercourse

Achieving orgasm by way of masturbation or sexual intercourse may contribute to your efforts of shortening the length of menstruation. According to Everyday Health, intercourse or masturbations helps reduce the length of the menstrual cycle by causing additional contraction in the uterus during orgasm. These contractions may help shed menstrual blood faster i.e. within a short period of time. These may also help provide relief from cramping because of the relief of endorphins during the sexual act.


Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water each day to help shorten the length of period. If you exercise regularly, make sure that you drink several glasses of water during and after your workout. You must avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol.



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