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Delaying Your Period

In her lifetime, the average woman will have approximately 450 periods. Recently the debate regarding suppressing periods so they are not as frequent (for most women it is every 28 days), has gained momentum. For many women, periods can be annoying, especially if they will be getting married, honeymooning and so on. As such, many women ask what they can do to prevent a period during those times. This is quite common especially in cases where cramps and discomfort can be extremely debilitating to say the least. For some, it means spending the first days in bed. Let's face it; this is no fun if you are on vacation or it is a barrier to your agenda. It is a good idea to try and plan vacations around one's cycle.

 

However, many women follow old wives tales and remedies involving: special baths, herbal teas, medications, and just about anything they read online that other women "claim" to have worked for them. Unfortunately, getting health information from blogs, written by individuals who are not medical professionals is ALWAYS a BAD IDEA. Even if there is some truth to such claims, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor. Unless of course the remedy does not involve ingesting anything or adding chemicals and substances to your bath that could be dangerous for your health. Some women swear that many natural remedies do work. These include but are not limited to: drinking lots of ginger, chamomile, cinnamon, licorice, and green teas. Others have reported that salt baths (oxidized or table, and Epsom salts) work wonders, and do the trick.

Other Natural and Safer Methods for an Easier Period Include but are not limited to:

  • Drinking several teaspoonful of natural lemon juice or sucking on lemons can (for some women) can delay a period.
  • Consuming more fruits and vegetables do help you to have easier and lighter periods. Green beans in particular, have been known to help in slowing down periods.
  • Taking a long warm bath or shower can also slow, delay or even temporarily stop a period and drinking a lot of real fruit juice as well as water also helps to lighten a period.
  • It has been reported that in some women and in some cases, consuming a mixture of gelatin and mineral water can also delay a period for approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Adding 3-4 teaspoons of vinegar to a glass of mineral water, taken 3-4 times daily can also do wonders to comfort and soothe and alleviate period symptoms, and lighten the flow.
  • Analgesics (painkillers) such as Ibuprofen, 2-3 times daily quite effective for relieving headaches and cramps, and for some, can help to temporarily decrease, and even temporarily stop a period.

If Your Doctor Decides You Are a Suitable Candidate; He or She May Even Prescribe Birth Control Pills (BCPs)

Thanks to research and medicine, a new wave of birth control pills (BCPs) can now extend the delivery of uninterrupted supply of hormones. The pills are engineered in a way that makes it possible to forego a period, and in essence outsmart Mother Nature. As a result, instead of approximately 12 periods each year; if monitored by their doctors of course, women can now choose to have a period just once a year, once every other month, or three times per year for example.

In other words, as far as periods go, Mother Nature is pushed aside, and with the help of their doctors, women are now 'calling the shots.' They are no longer 'slaves to their monthly flow'; instead, they decide what their bodies will do and when. BCPs inhibit fertilization and ovulation, and are available in, patch, injectable and oral forms. For stopping or delaying a period however, the oral form is the preferred method, and is usually taken one cycle before the desired delayed period. Taken as directed, a woman's period will stop, and once she resumes her BCP regimen; her periods usually then returns to a normal cycle.

Having said that, bad timing and inconvenience are not the only reasons BCPs are used to postpone a period however: As mentioned earlier, many women, experience terrible migraines, debilitating, excruciating, and painful cramps with each period. Other women suffer from endometriosis. For such women, many health care providers have and continue to recommend and prescribe BCPs to postpone their periods. This presents a welcomed 'vacation' and relief for several months or more.

Surgical Procedures

  • In some cases, your doctor/gynecologist may also recommend surgical procedures to stop your period. Especially in cases where certain conditions such as uterine fibroids and/or endometriosis cause very heavy bleeding.
  • It is also good to get a second opinion, as this alternative is more invasive.
  • Surgery is done depending on the severity, of the condition/s and factors such as if the woman would like to have kids, since the surgery could and in many cases involves a hysterectomy; which is literally removing the uterus and in some cases, the cervix and/or other reproductive organs.

Bottom Line and Some Lurking Questions

As with everything, there are consequences and side-effects involved with issues like this one. Whether women choose to delay their periods for a short or extended time, it is critical they are made aware of the risks and implications involved with 'halting or tampering' with this natural process many argue. The bottom line questions involve: Is it okay to 'mess with Mother Nature'? If so, for how long should this be done? What are the limitations?

Words of Caution

After all, health risks including but not limited to cancer, infertility, bone density complications, could be involved with this procedure. However, at the end of the day, moderation is key and safety is always best. Therefore, although there are safe, natural or unnatural methods to decrease the discomfort, and even delay one's period temporarily; always plays it safe: Speak to your doctor before doing anything, and know your body's limits.

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