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Natural methods to shorten period

2 March, 2009


My period begins with brown blood for two days and then bright red blood for 6 days after that. Then, I ovulate after five clean days. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over six months and still have not been able to. Is there any way to reduce the amount of bleeding using herbal remedies or something like that? Me and my husband have no children.


We are sorry to hear of your difficulty conceiving.

The first step is to verify medically that you are ovulating on the fifth day of the clean days.

Natural remedies are unreliable (and unregulated). Therefore, we suggest consulting with your physician. Your physician can explore other factors that may be contributing to your difficulties conceiving, and review with you the medical options for delaying ovulation.

There are herbs that may be effective. These are best used after medical consultation and under the guidance of a practitioner of complementary medicine. Some women report that by using a menstrual cup they are able to perform a hefsek taharah earlier.

Please see our articles and posted questions on ovulation before immersion for more information. You may also find it helpful to consult a Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselor. (This is a free service, details here.)

This response was updated on 12 December 2020.

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