How to make your period shorter

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Okay, let’s start with me acknowledging that I’m a heavy-flow person. It’s not too excessive, but a light period is something else. So you know, I get the usual package. My period means heavy bleeding, fatigue and cramps. Thankfully I’ve learnt how to handle all of these things after 12 years of menstruating.

So today, I’m currently on day three of my period. That’s when things “normally” (what is a normal period?),  seem to calm down again. But this morning, my period decided to do quite the opposite. Instead of my period flow being lighter, my period flow decided to get heavier again. Plus, along came the cramps again.

So here’s the story of how I made my period flow heavier (again)

I love tracking everything about my period. Some say I may be a bit obsessed, but I just feel more in control that way.  And after years of tracking I feel like I know my flow pretty well. So I was really surprised that on day three there was still quite a lot of blood in my Ruby Cup (that’s one of the advantages of using a menstrual cup: you get to monitor your menstruation a whole lot better than with soaked up tampons or pads). And also, all of a sudden those mean motherf*cking cramps came back. So I knew something was up.

I tried to remember if I had done anything to insult my period karma. I had been quite conscious about my choice of food this time, trying not to succumb too much to the PMS-munchies. No caffeine, no alcohol, no crisps. I even read something about pineapples and periods on Pinterest, so I bought a lovely pineapple and had been feasting on it the past few days. #healthydiet, I thought.

Other food that can make your period flow heavier:

In case you’re are looking into other foods to eat to increase your menstrual flow, here’s a couple more for you to try:

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Unripe, raw Papaya

Papaya has quite the similar effect as pineapples have. It will help with the contractions of the uterus, possibly inducing a period or increasing your menstrual flow.


Beetroots are very rich in iron and therefore a period superfood. Also,  it will help increase the circulation of blood, also in the uterus.

Tell us in the comments if you’ve noticed pineapples influencing your period. We’re curious!

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Leanka’s job is to talk about periods. She is currently the Content and Community Manager at Ruby Cup, an award-winning social business that sells menstrual cups, where for every Ruby Cup you buy, you automatically donate another one to a girl in need. She advocates for period positivity and having a healthy relationship with your menstrual cycle. Leanka studied Communication Science in Vienna and has been working for Ruby Cup since February 2014 – first in Berlin, now in Barcelona.

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By exercising

How to Stop Your Period Once It Starts

Believe it or not, you can stop the period through regular exercise.

Your thickness partly determines the length of the menstrual cycle and the quantity of liquid that comes out. Women who are slightly thicker and have a higher amount of fat in their body, often have severe and painful, more extended and heavier menstrual periods. For this reason, it is essential to recreate yourself regularly, even during menstruation.

If you have a lot of pain during menstruation, of course, it will not work out, but if you feel well enough to exercise, it will shorten and even stop the period and more importantly, increasing blood circulation in the body by exercising will help in reducing menstrual cramps.

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Drinking enough of water

How to Stop Your Period Once It Starts

Proper hydration of the body is essential at any moment in life, but in this case, can help in reducing or stopping the period. Large amounts of water will also reduce bloating and cramping during menstruation.

In addition to proper hydration, you should avoid fizzy drinks and too much caffeine because they will be partly responsible for the increase of cramps during menstruation.

Cup for menstruation

Cap for period is a flexible cup that we put into the vagina during menstruation, and it serves to collect menstrual blood. It is usually made of silicon and can be used many times. In the market, there are cups that we can use only once.

The cap for period is much more comfortable than a conventional tampon and is usually much shallower pushed into the vagina. A cap for the period also has a much better absorption or more menstrual blood fit into it.

Studies have shown that wearing a menstrual cup during menstruation reduces heavy bleeding and shorten your period.

how to stop your period once it starts

All of these methods that we mentioned in the article are functioning depending from person to person. On some will affect such a way that will significantly reduce menstrual bleeding; while others will stop the period altogether. It would certainly be the best to solve this problem before the start of the period. Because this is the safest period for such a thing as a disposal of the menstrual cycle.

Disposal of the period is usually achieved with the help of hormonal pills that, when using them, they prevent the start of the cycle. Anything that requires the use of medical supplements you should not take on your own. Consulting a doctor is important.

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It is important also to know that any interruption or postponement of the period indeed is not healthy for your body. So, if this is necessary, try not to repeat this more than two times a year.

Related: How to Make Your Period Come Faster

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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