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By September 12, 2016 - 8:14am
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Mam, What can be the possible reasons for your periods lasting for 2 or 3 days when it lasted 4 to 5 days previously?

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Hello anonnn,

Welcome again to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to us for reasons why a period may last two or three days, when previously it lasted four to five days.

Three days of bleeding, which may seem short, is still considered normal as long as you’re menstruating regularly.

Estrogen is the all-important hormone required to create the endometrium each month. If you do not produce a certain amount of estrogen, that lining won't be very thick and, when it is shed, "bleeding tends to be scant and for fewer days,” says Maria Arias, MD, a gynecologist at Atlanta Women's Specialists in Georgia.

Younger women may have short and irregular periods as they enter puberty, because their hormone levels, including estrogen, haven't completely balanced out yet.

Older women approaching menopause may also experience irregular or short menstrual periods. As women age, their ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone and therefore the endometrium fails to form.

anonnn, if you are concerned about the change in your period, please consider reaching out to your gynecologist or primary care physician.


September 12, 2016 - 8:33am
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