We all remember our first introduction to the realm of womanhood (no not that one, which is perhaps best forgotten). I’m talking about your first visit from the scarlet lady. Your first surf of the crimson wave. Otherwise known as your menses, period or good old aunt Flo.
That first period may have been a cause for celebration at sleepovers ten or twenty years ago but for many women, the novelty has worn off as they juggle menstruation and manic lifestyles. More women are now looking for safe and reliable methods to control or stop their periods, otherwise known as menstrual suppression, for relationship and lifestyle reasons. Read on to find out how to stop or delay your period – whatever the situation.
1. I want to… delay my period for a holiday
When it’s just not convenient to have your period for that special occasion or holiday, try getting a prescription for Norethisterone—the most popular period-delay pill. Preparation and organisation is key for this method however, as you will need to take this medication three times a day and begin taking it three days before your period is due. Your period will then start two to three days after you stop taking Norethisterone.
2. I want to… stop my period with the pill
We live in the age of optional periods and eliminating your monthly gift from mother nature using your pill is a viable option – as long as your don’t suffer from any notable side effects and are otherwise healthy. To do this, simply start a new strip of pills after your seven day break and voila! However, Dr Gigi Taguri recommends taking the pill back to back for no longer than three months. “You may experience spotting or breakthrough bleeding the longer you adopt this method” she says. “And when you do eventually stop taking the pill…well, just be sure you have a large stash of sanitary supplies to hand!”
3. I want to… delay my period for sex
So you’re looking to get frisky but Aunt Flo is killing your…flow. For a short term fix, you could try a Softcup . Although this is a feminine hygiene product, once inserted, the Softcup can be worn for up to 12 hours and can’t be felt by you or your partner. It also enables mess-free sex so you can get on with the good stuff. Remember though, this isn’t a contraceptive device and won’t protect you against STI’s.
4. I want to… stop my period with the patch or ring
If you use a contraceptive ring such as Nuvaring as a method of contraception, after three weeks simply pop a new ring in place instead of having your seven day break. If you use a contraceptive patch such as EVRA, you can skip your patch free week to miss your period. Just like the pill, Dr Gigi Taguri recommends skipping your period for no longer than three months with these contraceptives.
5. I want…no periods!
Have you considered trying a long acting reversible contraception (LARC)? With the IUS – a small plastic device that is inserted into your womb for up to five years – many women eventually stop having periods altogether, although you may experience spotting for some weeks prior to this.
6. I want to… delay my period the natural way
There are loads of natural remedies recommended for period delay but very little concrete evidence to suggest they really work. Some of the best ways rumoured to stop your period include: drinking two teaspoons of vinegar three times a day, eating a piece of lemon, or drinking gelatine mixed with water. Let us know if you have any success with these!
At Lloyds Online Doctor we offer prescriptions for various contraceptive pills, as well as the contraceptive patch and ring. To find out if you’re suitable, try an online consultation today.