Doctors Just Found the One Thing You Can Do to Make Your Period Shorter

Surprise: It’s actually really, really fun.

Man, who doesn’t love their period? Who doesn’t love the cramps, the inevitable leakage, the stains, the bloating, and the inability to sit on a white couch in a white bathing suit after flying a kite in a meadow, as all period commercials suggest women do? NOT US!

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While some forms of birth control can stop your periods, not everyone wants to opt for that. But, let's be real, if there were a magical way to at least shorten your periods, especially if you're not on birth control, wouldn't you want it? Yes? Well now, you can do just that. Maybe.

According to gynecologist Dee Fenner, MD, director of gynecology at the University of Michigan, a good ol’ orgasm could be your key to shortening your period. Yup! Look at that! A cure that’s actually fun! “Although no studies have been done on this, it’s likely that menstrual blood in the uterus is squeezed out during orgasm,” said Fenner in an interview with Metro UK (opens in new tab).

Basically, the contractions your uterus makes when you orgasm could theoretically help your uterine lining shed faster, meaning a shorter period for you. And thankfully, an orgasm’s an orgasm’s an orgasm, so no partner? No problem. (May we instead suggest a really excellent vibrator and some female-friendly porn?)

Though there’s no guarantee it’ll work, we’re really down to test it out and see for ourselves. GODSPEED!

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Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.