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Period flow became lighter and slower on third day

By March 19, 2016 - 8:57pm
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Recently I got my period on Thursday morning, normal flow and everything. I usually get my menstrual cycle every month.

The problem was that on Friday morning I fainted. I didn't eat in the afternoon the day before and I forgot to eat that morning. Hours after I fainted I started to notice that my flow was starting to decrease, and I was noticing it even more today.

I did go to the hospital to get my blood and heart checked, and thankfully it was fine. They said I was dehydrated while on my period. From that time I barely drink a lot of fluids, and I don't eat a lot, which I know that I should change this. I've also asked this question to my doctor, whom I'll probably get a response from on Monday or so. But for now I need help.

I'm 20 years old, a few months shy from 21. My menstrual cycle has always been normal and lasts 6-7 days. Right now I'm unsure if it has stopped but the period is just getting lighter and slower (drops maybe). I am not sexually active at all, and I'm not on any medications. However I've been going through some dietary changes in the past few months due to my gallstones, and I've been under stress, anxiety, and sometimes panic.

The last time I fainted while on my period was 3 years ago, but that was post-hospital visit and I was being put on a liquid diet at the time.

Should I be worried about this? What does this mean? I appreciate all responses. Thank you, and have a great night!

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Hello and thank you for choosing EmpowHer,

Your body is not able to maintain the same flow it used to because of several factors taking a toll on your body.
Without proper calorie intake and hydration your body conserves its energy and focuses on your main organs. This means your period gets put on the back burned so to speak.

Stress, and anxiety also greatly affect your hormones causing irregular or missed periods.
Having a missed period does not necessarily mean the problem is your reproductive system.

In your case, since your body is not getting the proper nutrition, hydration, and relaxation it needs, your menstrual cycle will change because your body does not have the strength for it.
This is a natural response of the female body.

So for not focus on getting your strength back through nutrition and hydration and your period will return to normal. I highly recommend coconut water. It's a great way to quickly get a surge of electrolytes for hydration and potassium for muscle recovery.


March 19, 2016 - 9:59pm
(reply to fchacon)

Hello. Thank you very much for your response. I do agree that I need to eat and drink regularly and right now I'm working on that, and hope to maintain it from now on.

However, today I checked my flow, and I saw some light brown color with my very light flow, and did see some red with it. Do you know what this is? Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

March 20, 2016 - 6:38am
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