I don’t think there is anyone on this planet who enjoys their time of the month. With the cramps, tiredness and moodiness, it’s understandable why. With that being said, who wouldn’t want to make their period shorter if they could? Count me in! I have put together a few natural ways to make your period shorter and hopefully less painful too.
Heat will speed up your period
Taking a warm bath when you have your period will actually help your period speed up. The heat will relax your pelvic muscles, which will dilate your blood vessels and help the blood flow out quicker.
Get more vitamin C
When you lose blood you often lose iron which causes you to be tired. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron better. Vitamin C is a mild inflammatory, this will help reduce stomach cramps. Vitamin C may also reduce your progesterone level which means blood will be able to flow out quicker, thereby, speeding up your period.
This is a hard one- who in their right mind wants to start exercising when they feel as if someone has kicked them in their stomach? This is an ongoing battle for me. And usually my stomach wins, However, don’t be like me, if you want to make your period shorter ignore your cramps and do some exercise. Exercise will improve circulation and blood flow in your body, which will make you period faster.
Keep Away From Sugar
Food is a very powerful tool. It can make you feel ill, yet it can also make you feel better. Watching what you put in your mouth when you have your period can affect you hugely. I know how tempting it is to turn to your comfort food when those cramps kick in, but actually, that will just make the pain stay. If you want to kick those cramps, stay as far away from sugar as possible. Processed sugar does not have any positive effects on the body, the time you’ll feel this the most is when you don’t feel good.
Don’t Use Tampons
This is a slightly tricky one because tampons are the most convenient and practical because you don’t feel the blood and there is a less chance of leaking. However, tampons may cause the blood to flow slower because there is less space for it to go. A good alternative to using tampons is the menstrual cup.
Drink Raspberry tea
Raspberry tea will help your period be healthier. Drinking it will help tone the muscles of the uterus and will help against very heavy bleeding.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking a lot of water will help you flush everything out of your system which will help your period to finish quicker. Drinking plenty of water will also help you with cramps.
All of these methods will make your period more bearable. If you do all of them at the same time you should see some solid results with the length of your period. Your period should be shorter. I’ve tried and tested these steps yet I always fail with the exercise part. However, even without the exercise, I noticed I had fewer cramps, more energy and my period was undoubtedly shorter. Did any of these tips work for you? Do you have any other methods to make your period shorter?
Disclaimer: None of this advice is in the place of a doctor. If your periods are extremely heavy, long or painful, make an appointment with your doctor.