Scanty Menstrual Flow | Causes of Decrease in Menstruation Flow

Question: I’m 26 years old and my menstruation flow has reduced. Its not like the way it used to be.


Reasons for Reduced Menstrual Flow (Scanty Menstrual Flow)

  • Scanty menses could occur as a result of changes in the hormonal profile of the body. Reduction of the Thyroid hormone, elevated Prolactin level, increased Insulin level, or raised Androgen level, could cause a decrease in the menstrual flow. Get a complete hormonal profile done, if there is a persistent and sustained alteration in the menses.
  • Menstrual patterns occasionally change with age.
  • Prolonged use of oral contraceptives.
  • Stress, emotional trauma, sorrow, or excessive excitement are important influencing factors. They lead to diminished production of estrogen, which in turn causes reduced menstrual bleeding.
  • An imbalanced diet, or errors in the diet, like consuming too much of processed and de-natured foods is another important reason, that could diminish menstrual flow.

Tips for Normal Menstruation Flow

How will you manage it?

  • Pulsatilla, a homoeopathic remedy, helps regularize and normalize menses. Take 5 pills, twice daily, for about 2 weeks.
  • Change the toxic and de-vitalized condition of the body.
    Eating too much of fatty, greasy food, processed food, ready-to eat packets, debilitate and de-vitalize the system. Consume loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. Ensure that you get a daily helping of dried fruits as well. Restructuring your diet is very important.

Good stress management is the key to most of the disorders. Take time out to de-stress and unwind. It will yield good results.


  1. s said:

    My period is regular but earlier it used to be 5 days. Now it has reduced to only 2 days and very little. I want to get pregnant. Can you please suggest a home remedy to make my period normal again so I can get pregnant without any menstrual complications.

    October 24, 2010
  2. C R said:

    Hello, my period has been extremely irregular (once/ 3-4 months) the past two years and i recently stopped all the medication I was being given. (and i have been under extreme stress, emotional upsets and unhealthy eating these past two years)

    For the last half a year, i have notices splotches of blood about every one to two months, but no blood flow. However, i sometimes get symptoms of ovulation, around the time i get the splotches.

    Would you call this reduced blood flow of menstruation or just spotting? So far it’s never been heavy enough to warrant a pad, at most a liner.

    November 25, 2010
  3. Peter said:

    I am 33 years old and married for 2 years now. I have had 2 miscarriages so far and no real explanation given by the doctor. He just said that we should keep trying and we have been trying to get pregnant since the last miscarriage in November last year. All of a sudden I realized that my periods are getting irregular, it started on 22nd February this year and the flow was fine. March was skipped and it came on 17th April and this month it started on 22nd May, I am emotionally stressed. I thought that it was because I started going to the gym and then I stopped going to gym since about 3 months now. I desperately want to have kids. Please help me.

    May 23, 2012
  4. OM said:

    I am having scanty menstruation; the flow has reduced to 3 days which previously was 5 days. My cycle has also reduced from 28 days to 26 days. I want to become pregnant, kindly suggest some home remedy for regularizing my menses so that I can become pregnant without any menstrual abnormalities.

    August 14, 2012
    • PUP said:

      You can become pregnant even if your menses lasts for3 days. Also if your cycle has reduced by two to three days, then too you can become pregnant. There is no need for the home remedies, just count the days and have regular intercourse on most fertile days of the month.

      August 14, 2012
  5. MY said:

    I had a miscarriage in the first year of my marriage. Since then, my menstrual days have reduced from 5 to 3 days. Now we are trying for a child, but there is no success. What should we do?

    October 30, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Even if your menstrual days have reduced, there is no difficulty in becoming pregnant. However, if the menses is regular but for few days, then you should have intercourse on most fertile days. Usually, 13 to 16 th day counted from first day of menstruation is said to be the fertile period for conception. Also consult a gynecologist to rule out any abnormality if present.

      October 31, 2012
  6. Rosemary Sampson said:

    I always have serious pain in my abdomen for one week before the menstrual flow. It wasn’t that way before. And the days have reduced from 4 – 3 days now. What is the cause?

    November 8, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Frequently hormonal changes occur in a woman’s body. It may be one of the reasons for your problem. There can be other reasons too such as fibroid in the uterus, ovarian problem etc. You should check with your doctor, few days before your next period.

      November 9, 2012
  7. Tina said:

    My menstrual flow has suddenly decreased dramatically. It has never really been heavy, but I was significantly bleeding less this month. I bled for three days, all days being very scanty. I am 23 years old. What could be wrong?

    April 10, 2013
    • PUP said:

      If menstrual bleeding is less for the first time, you should not worry as sometime the body may adjust to the hormonal changes that occur during this period. Wait for second period. However, you should eat diet containing iron as sometime low hemoglobin may also be the cause. Eat green leafy vegetables, meat, fish etc as they contain enough amount of iron.

      April 11, 2013
  8. Chioma said:

    I read the above article. I am 24 and just had my first scanty menses. Well from what I understand now, there is no cause of an alarm.

    May 2, 2013
  9. PAN said:

    I am 28 year old. In April my periods lasted for 4 days. It was heavy bleeding. But in May it was mild and remained only for 2 days. I am scared what is the cause?

    May 15, 2015
    • PUP said:

      You do not have to worry as this type of irregular bleeding is common in many women, due to hormonal imbalance. It may resolve in the next period. However, if it persists frequently, you may consider a visit to your family physician or a gynecologist. Meanwhile you can test your blood for hemoglobin.

      May 17, 2015
  10. PNM said:

    I am 22 year old. The bleeding period during my menstruation has decreased since 2 years. Previously I used to bleed for 5 days and now the bleeding lasts only for 3 days. There is no change in the flow. Why is this happening?

    August 4, 2017
    • PUP said:

      This may have an association with change in your hormones. Anemia and strenuous exercise or stress can also affect menstrual period. If any of these problems is present you need to correct it accordingly. For anemia you must eat foods that are rich in iron. Green leafy vegetables, egg, animal liver, fish etc are rich source of iron. Avoid performing strenuous exercise or physical activity. Since the flow is not reduced, there is no cause of worry.

      August 27, 2018
  11. JOY said:

    I have undergone ectopic pregnancy surgery in 2014. Can I become pregnant?

    May 3, 2018
    • PUP said:

      A lot depends on how previous ectopic pregnancy was resolved. If surgery was done, then there will be scarring even if the tube is completely repaired. This will make the path of future fertilized egg difficult. However, since other tube is patent there is chance of becoming pregnant. If you get pregnant, your doctor will monitor you closely from the early days to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

      August 8, 2018
  12. FA said:

    The blood flow during my period is very scanty. I also have pain in lower abdomen during my periods. Is it normal? What can be the cause and is there any remedy to reduce my discomfort?

    June 6, 2018
    • PUP said:

      The flow of blood during menses may vary from one woman to another. Usually scanty flow and pain in lower abdomen occurs during puberty period when body is adjusting to the hormones. This may last for few months or a year. Other reasons for scanty flow can be lack of proper nutrition which results in low hemoglobin. Polycystic ovarian syndrome can also cause scanty flow and period pain. Woman taking contraceptive pills may also experience less menstrual flow. Stress is one of the reasons for dysmenorrhea and reduced menstrual flow. Here are few steps to reduce pain during menses and increase the flow.
      • Eat nutritious diet
      • Eat foods that are rich in iron such as spinach, green vegetable, fish, egg, etc.
      • Exercise daily, a brisk walk for 30 minutes is not only beneficial for your body but it can also ease painful menses.
      • Chamomile tea is beneficial to reduce abdominal cramps accompanying menstrual flow.
      • Reduce stress as this can affect the flow as well as aggravate cramps.

      August 10, 2018
  13. Anonymous said:

    Last month my period and menstrual flow was normal. But this month it has not come. Generally my menstruation starts 4 days before the expected date. But this time it is delayed. What must be the cause?

    July 13, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Scanty and irregular menses can occur due to many causes. One of the main reasons is change in hormonal profile. It is common that the time of menstruation can often change. Excessive exercise, anemia, stress, all can cause irregularity in menses. All you can do is to wait for few days. If still menses does not return, consult your doctor.

      July 25, 2018

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