A woman's menstrual cycle is a regular part of her life, and depending on the person, a woman's period could last anywhere from three to seven days. Most women hate their periods because of the unpleasantness that come with menstruation such as cramping, back discomfort and headaches.
Luckily, there are a fewl ways to decrease both the length and painful effects of menstruation and PMS.
1. Indulge in Dark Chocolate
If you're craving chocolate it's OK -- give in! Having a piece of dark chocolate (with 60% or higher cacao bean) every day during your period will help soothe cravings. Plus, dark chocolate has helpful antioxidants and is linked to boosting serotonin, which can help improve your mood.
2. Healthy Eating To Shorten Periods
Eat healthy balanced meals everyday, and do not forget to incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables in your meals. Healthy eating has been known to ease menstrual complications and also help in shortening the days of your period.
3. Get Plenty of Water
Drinking a lot of water everyday will help shorten your period. Large amounts of water will also reduce bloating and cramps during menstruation. How much to drink daily can be a bit confusing. Here's a little weight based formula to help you to figure out how much water you should be drinking daily.
Take your current weight and divide by two.
Take that number and drink that many ounces of water a day.
So if you weigh 130 pounds you should drink 65 ounces of water a day.
If you exercise for under an hour an extra glass or two of water should do the trick of replenishing fluids lost though sweating, but if you are exercising for over 60 minutes you will need more.
In addition to proper hydration, you should also avoid carbonated drinks and too much caffeine because they can increase cramps during menstruation.
4. Masturbation & Sex
Getting an orgasm through masturbation or engaging in sex is an effective way in getting through your periods early. The main reason for this is that the extra contraction that take place in the uterus when a woman orgasms, results in faster shedding of menstrual flow.
Women who are physically fit tend to experience shorter and lighter periods. Women who are quite sporty with less body fat may receive shorter periods. Overweight women may experience longer and heavier periods, because menstrual cycle length and the amount of liquid that comes out are partly determined by your weight. Women who are overweight and have a higher amount of fat in their body that can often cause more difficult and painful, longer and heavier periods.
For this reason, it is important to perform a regular exercise routine, even during menstruation, as it will help increase blood circulation in the body to help reduce menstrual cramps and shorten your period.