How to shorten your menstrual cycle

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Many women suffer from intense menstrual cycles. These long menstrual cycles are often accompanied by severe cramps, bloating and general discomfort. As a result, many women wish to shorten their menstrual cycle, in order to decrease the number of menstruating days. You can shorten your menstrual cycle through the use of hormonal medications such as birth control. There are also other things you can do to make your cycle more manageable.

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Things you need

  • Birth control pills
  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet

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    Talk to your doctor about birth control pills. Various birth control medications, particular low-dose oestrogen pills, help to shorten periods. Women on such pills often menstruate for fewer days, and have fewer menstrual side effects such as cramps, bloating and PMS.

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    Exercise. Cardiovascular exercise improves circulation which encourages menstrual blood flow. For best results, exercise daily for at least 30 to 45 minutes.

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    Sit in a hot bath. The hot water aids in blood vessel dilation which improves blood flow to the uterus. You may experience a heavier menstrual flow after soaking in hot water, however, the heavier flow usually equates to fewer bleeding days.

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    Apply hot compresses or a heating pad to your lower abdomen. Similarly to a hot tub's effect, the heat will dilate your blood vessels and expedite blood flow.

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    Drink at least 1,892ml of water daily. Water helps to flush away toxins that can extend menstrual periods.

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    Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Poor nutrition can lead to irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles. Take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting proper nutrition. Also, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tips and warnings

  • See your doctor if your period carries extreme side effects.
  • Avoid salt when you are menstruating. It will cause you to retain more water, leading to bloating.

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