According to the Access Project, menstrual periods can be shortened through birth control pills, herbs to balance hormones, exercise, sexual stimulation, and proper hydration. Access Project notes that a typical period lasts between three and seven days, and these techniques should only be used in the event of prolonged days of discharge.Continue Reading
The Access Project states that birth control pills are an effective way of shortening periods because they are designed to stop the process of ovulation. This may reduce bleeding as well as reduce the duration of a menstrual period. Hormone-balancing herbs can be effective because they help to balance progesterone and normalize hormonal levels, reducing periods caused by hormonal imbalance.
Exercising before and during menstruation helps to reduce period length and amount of discharge. Access Project notes that running, sports and other cardiovascular activities work best. Sexual stimulation and orgasm may serve to reduce periods due to vaginal contractions in the uterus and genital region that naturally speed up discharge.
As for proper hydration, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day maintains good water balance within the body. Water balance and hormonal balance can help shorten periods. Access Project notes that sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol are ineffective in maintaining proper water balance.Learn more about Menstruation
Some types of birth control pills shorten a woman's menstrual period and reduce the menstrual flow, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Other types can stop periods entirely.Full Answer >
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a two-week long period can result from lifestyle factors, such as excessive stress or the changing of birth control pills. However, abnormal menstruation is also a sign of more serious problems, such as uterine polyps or fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, uterine or cervical cancer or bleeding disorders. The clinic recommends a consultation with a doctor for any period lasting longer than seven days.Full Answer >
The most common solution to stop a menstrual period is taking extended-cycle birth control pills. According to WebMD, the extended-cycle birth control pills allow women to have a period only every three months.Full Answer >
Severe period pain can be treated using medications, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and birth control pills. Medications are usually prescribed after home treatment measures have failed to ease the pain. Severe period pain has no specific cause and can occur to any woman, as stated by Healthline.Full Answer >