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A short period could mean a lot of things! Here why you period lasts for only 1 or 2 days

A short period is generally a result of hormonal imbalances or other factors such as stress and dietary changes. Read on to know the causes.
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Shorter menstrual cycle means something is wrong with you! Image: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 18 Dec 2023, 15:32 pm IST
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Did you period only last for two days instead of five? Well, the menstrual cycle is no less than a puzzle. You may anticipate something, but something else may happen.  Given that a period usually lasts between 4 and 8 days, a sudden change in the menstrual cycle may worry you. So, are you experiencing short periods that only last a day or two? Let’s find out why it may be so!

This is because your cycle’s length might vary, sometimes even month to month, depending on a wide range of different factors. Dr Asha Hiremath, Consultant – Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Motherhood Hospital, spoke to Health Shots about the shorter menstrual cycle problem and the reasons behind it.

Why do you have a short period?

There can be a number of factors behind why you period lasted for only two days this month.

1. Stress

If you had your period only for one day and then it stopped, it’s time to check your stress levels. Increased stress levels also result in your periods lasting only a couple of days since stress adversely affects your hormones. Once your stress levels go down, your periods’ length most likely to come back to normal.

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Stress can affect your menstrual health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Rigorous workout

If you have been exercising aggressively, it may result in hampering the release of the hormones controlling ovulation, resulting in shorter periods.

3. Certain medications

Certain medicines such as blood control pills, blood thinners, and steroids, to name a few, also contribute to shorter periods.

4. Other diseases

Medical conditions such as PCOS, thyroid, tuberculosis of the uterus, and certain sexually transmitted diseases also result in disturbing your menstrual cycle.

5. Poor ovulation

Shorter periods could also be a sign of poor ovulation. This is known as anovulation, and it might cause lighter or irregular periods.

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Does one day period mean I am pregnant?

Yes, it can mean you are pregnant. Some women go through implantation bleeding as well, there are a few factors to determine what kind of bleeding you are having such as the colour of the blood, the timing. Implantation bleeding is lighter than what a normal period feels like. The colour of the blood would be dark brown or pink red. While menstrual blood is crimson red.

Also Read: Implantation bleeding: How to differentiate it from your periods

What happens if my period only lasts 2 days

If your period only lasts one or two days, your body may not be making enough oestrogen, which is required to build the endometrium, which is lost during periods when there isn’t a pregnancy. “If there is a lack of estrogen in your body, the endometrium would not be thick enough and hence the blood flow would be scant. Shorter periods could also mean that your periods have not yet regulated if you have just entered puberty since it takes time for your hormones, especially estrogen, to balance out,” Dr Hiremath explains. If you are over 45 years old, simply having periods that last one or two days may also be a sign of approaching menopause.

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Don’t suffer period troubles! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What is considered a normal menstrual cycle?

Dr Hiremath says, “Every woman’s period cycle is different in terms of duration and consistency. Even though a menstrual cycle ranging between 4 to 8 days is considered to be normal.” Don’t panic, though, if your periods have rarely lasted longer than two days, especially if they are regular and the flow is not too heavy or light. A typical menstrual cycle should be 28 days long, even though a cycle can range between 28 and 40 days.

However, it is advisable to see a gynaecologist if you have suddenly noticed a shortened cycle. A gynaecologist will be able to pinpoint the precise cause of the problem so that the appropriate steps can be taken to reverse it right away.

How to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle:

1. Avoid stress

Don’t let stress mess with you. Always practice meditation or yoga to tackle this issue.

2. Sleep well

Deep sleep is crucial! Try to sleep early and get enough sleep. According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, if your sleep cycle is healthy, it can help maintain the menstrual cycle.

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Take a better sleep. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Follow a healthy diet

For a regular menstrual cycle, you need to focus on your diet. Try to include all the essential vitamins and minerals in your diet so that they can help together to manage your hormones.

4. Exercise

In order to regularize your cycle, it is crucial that you move your body. A study in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion found that regular exercise can help avoid obesity, maintain hormonal balance, and result in regular periods.

5. Avoid overeating

Most of the time, the cause of irregular menstrual cycles is your diet. So don’t skip your meal, avoid junk food, do not binge eat or overeat, and most importantly, pay attention to your nutritional deficiencies.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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