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When you get your period, it can feel never ending. So when it peaces out quicker than normal, it might seem like a reason to celebrate. But if your period suddenly goes from lasting a week to lasting just a few days, there could be something more serious going on than the powers that be simply cutting you a break.
“I recommend seeing your gyno if your flow is persistently or newly varied from usual,” says Alyssa Dweck, M.D, an ob-gyn and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V. “Most women’s cycles last 21 to 35 days, counting from day one of one cycle to day one of next cycle, and their periods last five to seven days on average.”
And while Dweck notes that shorter periods can be normal (if your period lasts two to three days, and it’s always lasted two to three days, no biggie), it’s important to pay attention to your cycle, and note any changes. After all, the length of your period is largely determined by hormonal factors, says Lakeisha Richardson, an M.D. and ob-gyn based in Greenville, Mississippi. That means that everything from medications to underlying health conditions can throw your cycle off of its well, cycle. Some of those causes are totally benign, but others are best ruled-out (or caught) early.
Here, experts share the most common reasons that you period might go from six days to, suddenly, three. Rule them out the next time your period cuts out early.