Question:

Can a period be really light or short?

EXPERT ANSWER
If you're lucky! How thick the lining of the uterus gets in the couple of weeks before you get your period is what determines how light, heavy, long, or short it will be. Since most of us ovulate each month, the hormone levels that grow that lining are similar each month and so our periods are pretty consistent. Some months though, if you don't ovulate or if your hormone levels were lower for other reasons (like big weight loss, heavy exercise, big stresses in life), you may find you have a shorter or lighter period than normal. As long as your period is lasting about 3 or more days, chances are you're just fine. But if you normally have gushers and this one is a trickle, and you're sexually active (or anything close to it), be sure to do a pregnancy test!  Sometimes, in early pregnancy, you can have a really light period, so if this period is really different than usual for you, don't ignore it. Some girls will have short and light periods every month and that's just who they are. Lucky them!
MOM ANSWER
Yes, I have had those kind of periods and for me it is almost like "Are you kidding me, is this it?" I swear I typically will keep a pad on for 2 extra days just in case my body is playing some kind of trick on me; I guess I am superstitious like that. Some of my friends have always had these kinds of light periods and then some of us get them occasionally. Once again, it's all about what your body is going to do. Just keep an eye on it, and don't take it for granted that every time it will be this light. Just in case, carry pads or tampons with you because you just never know!
PEER ANSWER

Periods can be light and last 7 days or be heavy and last only 3. It really just depends on the person. My period is usually 4 days long - heavy the first 2-3 days and very light on the fourth. But when I first got my period, it was more along the lines of 5 or 6 days and pretty heavy. I felt like it would never end! Here is a great article on the topic.

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