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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), but we have heard anecdotal reports of success with drinking Shepherd's Purse tea from the first day of bleeding.  (Note that Shepherd's Purse is a powerful herb. It may not be used during pregnancy, and its use while breastfeeding is debated – a breastfeeding mother should not try it without the guidance of a qualified professional.) It would be best to consult with a practitioner of natural remedies for further advice.

We suggest consulting with your physician about this as well.  Your physician can also review with you the medical options for delaying ovulation.

Please see our articles and posted questions on halachic infertility and please get back to us with any further questions.

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