Women go through that phase of the month when we have to deal with mood swings, cramps, back pain, bloated stomach and other discomforts. Depending on your health, lifestyle, diet and other factors, your menstrual period can last anywhere from three to seven days.
But menstruation and all its aches and irritations can come at the very worst times, like if you’re going on a vacation, have an important meeting to attend or planning a romantic weekend getaway.
Luckily, there are several ways to reduce the length of your period as well as the discomforts of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstruation.
Here are the top 10 ways to stop your period early.
1. Apply Heat
Applying some heat on the abdominal area encourages menstrual fluids to leave your body faster, thus making your period end sooner.
It also relaxes the contracting uterine muscles to help ease painful cramps.
- Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Use it 3 or 4 times a day.
- Soak a towel in warm water, wring out the excess water and place it on your lower abdomen. Keep the towel in place until it cools down. Repeat as needed.
- Taking hot showers or baths 2 or 3 times a day during your period also is effective.
2. Massage with Oil
Massaging the abdominal muscles relaxes uterine contractions and diverts blood away from the uterus to help stop your period early.
It also helps reduce the discomforts associated with your cycle, such as cramps and bloating.
- Mix 6 drops each of clary sage oil and lavender oil in 3 teaspoons of warm almond oil.
- Gently massage the abdominal and pelvic areas with this oil blend until it is absorbed into the skin.
- Repeat a few times daily until your period is over.
3. Take More Vitamin C
A diet rich in vitamin C helps reduce the level of the hormone progesterone in your body. This helps the uterine lining break down faster, which leads to shorter menstrual cycles. It can also help ease menstrual discomforts.
Also, vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and helps strengthen blood vessels.
- Incorporate more foods rich in vitamin C into your diet. Some good sources of vitamin C are lemons, oranges, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, grapefruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas, to name a few.
- You can also take a vitamin C supplement, but only after consulting your doctor. An overdose of vitamin C supplements can cause side effects, including an upset stomach, diarrhea and insomnia.
4. Have Intercourse
Having an orgasm through intercourse or masturbation is another easy way to get your period to end early. It can also reduce cramping and other discomforts.
When you have an orgasm, it generates uterine muscle contractions, which helps move menstrual blood out of the uterus. As the uterus sheds the blood and tissue more quickly, your menstrual cycle will be shorter.
Bear in mind that having intercourse during a period can be a messy affair, so be mentally prepared for it.
5. Take Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen can help reduce the swelling of the uterine walls. This in turn reduces the heavy menstrual flow and pain associated with it.
These over-the-counter drugs help reduce overproduction of a group of hormone-like lipid compounds called prostaglandins that promote uterine muscle contractions.
You can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 2 or 3 times a day, being careful not to exceed the maximum dose as indicated on the package.
Consult your doctor before taking NSAIDs or using them for an extended period of time, as they can have side effects. In fact, they also have harmful effects on fertility. Also, they can interfere with other medications.
Body weight plays a prominent role in determining the length of your menstrual cycle and the amount of menstrual blood flow.
Women who are physically fit and have less body fat will naturally experience shorter and lighter periods. On the other hand, overweight or obese women tend to have longer and heavier periods.
So, if you are carrying a few extra pounds and want to have shorter or pain-free menstrual cycles, a regular exercise routine can be very beneficial.
Exercising even during your menstrual cycle can help increase blood circulation in the body, which in turn will help reduce painful cramps and shorten your period.
Also, exercise helps relax the uterine muscles to stop or at least reduce blood flow.
Moreover, maintaining an exercise routine will promote overall health. A brisk walk or jog of 25 to 30 minutes, yoga stretches, weight training, cycling or swimming are good exercises for women.