Having light period is one of the problems females of reproductive age face recently. Light period can be defined as a period with shorter duration for the individual/needs fewer sanitary pad changes than usual, does not have the heavy flow for the first 1-2 days but is consistent. The causes of this problem can be pregnancy, birth control, stress, excessive weight gain or weight lost, approaching menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome and intensive exercise.

  • You may be pregnant

If you experience any form of lighter period, it could be as a result of pregnancy. Though pregnancy stops menstruation, it is possible for you to experience a light discharge of blood when the foetus is not totally formed. You can have a pregnancy test if you have had an unprotected sex prior to your expected period day. Pregnancy test should be the first test to confirm the cause of your lighter period. It is not expensive and can be done at home.

  • Birth control

It is very common and normal for women on hormonal contraceptives, whether regular or emergency contraceptive, to have lighter period. Possible because when you take in a hormonal contraceptive, it causes the uterine lining to thin. When the uterine lining is thin, blood flow during period becomes light since it is the uterine lining that is removed in the form of blood.

  • Stress

Continuous periods of stress can cause your period to be light.  When your body is stressed the body produces hormones to switch functions of other part that are not essential at that moment like the reproductive system. This can temporarily stop ovulation. This action can reduce the amount of blood flow during your menstrual period.

  • Excessive loss/gain of weight

Excessive weight loss is one typical cause of light period. Weight loss 10% percent below what you considered as your normal weight change how your body works and subsequently affect your menstrual flow. You can visit the healthcare provider for dietary advise if you have lost weight unintentionally.

  • Breast feeding

When a woman gives birth, her period will not return as soon as possible. Milk production for breast feeding prevents ovulation and delays menstrual periods. During this period a lactating woman may experience light flow or spotting. Though a lactating mother does not menstruate, she is likely to get pregnant when she engages in unprotected. This is because, the mother ovulates 2 weeks before the first after-birth period.

  • When approaching Menopause.

Approaching menopausal age can have significant influence on the menstrual flow of females. When a woman approaches this stage, ovulation reduces which also affect the degree of thickness of the uterine(womb) lining. This subsequently affects the amount of blood flow and duration of blood flow.

  • Intensive exercise

Women who exercise frequently may experience some changes in their menstrual flow. Burning of calories and energy loss during excessive and frequent exercise have significant effect on the flow of blood during period. Most women who engages in strenuous exercise have their menstrual flow to be light.

So the next time you experience anything like light menstrual flow/period, look out for these reasons.

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The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at vagicarekonsult.com. Translation and voice note were done by Mrs. Nancy Boateng

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices.

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