How to make your period lighter

Updated November 21, 2016

No woman enjoys having her period, but having a heavier period generates an even larger groan from women across the world. The medical term for a period that entails excessive bleeding is menorrhagia. A heavy period is one that lasts longer than a week, interferes with your daily life and includes blood clots. Luckily, there are some things a woman can do to lighten her menstrual flow.

Visit your doctor to rule out other health problems that may be causing heavy bleeding during your cycle. Fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease are some conditions associated with heavy periods.

Talk to your doctor about going on birth control. Birth control pills help to regulate your period and cause you to have shorter, lighter periods.

Exercise consistently. The healthier your body is, the more regular and lighter your period will be.

Take vitamins. Vitamins will also make your body healthier, and in turn regulate your period.

Change your pad or tampon every 2 to 3 hours. While this will not actually make your period lighter, you will feel as if it is lighter.

Consider a hysterectomy. Some women with heavy periods opt for this surgery to eliminate their period. However, this surgery is for women who are finished having children or do not wish to have any.


Use a higher-absorbency pad or tampon when your period is heavier.


Do not try any medications before consulting your doctor.

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