When things don’t go to plan, it really messes up your day. When your period doesn’t go to plan, it can really mess up your month. When your regular period is between four and seven days on average and you’re experiencing a severe case of the 2 day period, you know something isn’t quite right.
But what could be causing it?
The average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days although it is not unusual to see some as short as 21 days and also some as long as 35-40 days. The average period generally lasts for 4/5 to 7 days. A 2 day period, although it sounds like something you should be very grateful for, could actually be a sign that something else is happening. It could be a symptom of something more serious going on underneath.
Are you sure it’s a 2 day period?
Could it be implantation bleeding or spotting? This light, 2 day period you’re having might not be a period at all but in fact something called implantation bleeding. This occurs when an egg has been fertilized by sperm, the cells multiply and the egg makes it way to the uterus to burrow through the lining. The implantation bleeding happens when the egg burrows and dislodges the lining, causing it to come out in what looks like pink tinges in discharge. Occasionally this can bleed a little heavier, looking like that 2 day period, and sometimes you may not even notice it at all. Some women don’t even notice this early sign of pregnancy at all.
There are other symptoms that may or may not associate with pregnancy although they are likely to come a bit later on. Nausea and vomiting, exhaustion and fatigue, a sudden disliking to certain tastes or smells, headaches, sore and tender breasts, and lower back pain are all early signs. If your period is due and you’ve only had a 2 day period or none at all, it is wise to do a pregnancy test.
Alternative reasons for a 2 day period
There are other reasons why you may have a very short period also and they don’t come down to pregnancy. New contraceptive / birth control can often wreak havoc with your menstrual cycle for a while, and starting your periods or coming into menopause can have the same kind of effects too. When your body is expected to deal with new levels of hormones such as the estrogen and progesterone in contraceptive pills, IUD’s, etc., it is wise to allow a little time to let everything settle down. For some women, it can take months for a new form of contraceptive to make everything ‘regular’ again.
You may also find other lifestyle choices can affect your diet also. If you don’t eat enough or have a healthy, balanced diet, you may find that lacking in certain vitamin and minerals could be causing the problem. Not just that, weight loss and weight gain can have a significant impact as well as stress levels, amount of sleep you’re getting, how much water you’re drinking and more.
What to do when you have a 2 day period?
If you’re experiencing a 2 day period, it is well worth doing a pregnancy test to rule that out first and foremost. You could also visit a doctor who can do the test for you, and test for other things as well with blood tests to check for deficiencies in your diet.
If the problem persists, seek medical advice. You may need further testing to diagnose something more serious going on with your reproductive system such as polycystic ovarian syndrome which can also mess around with your periods.