Controlling your periods is no more difficult. With development of medical sciences new medications and techniques have emerged that make the control of periods easier and convenient. Women usually plan to delay their periods due to miscellaneous reasons.
Such reasons can be a safe infertile period independent of sexual intercourse, few days off from periods due to hectic schedule, want to avoid period during a holiday and many others. There can be other reasons behind this also. In between of periods women might also observe spotting and mild staining which isn’t worrisome and may happen due to hormonal changes and imbalance. Various techniques have been developed among which is the medication nor-ethisterone. Other options are also available like taking Ibuprofen.
This article is for providing information and is not a medical advice. If you are planning to stop and delay your period it is incumbent to consult a doctor.
Various Techniques for Delaying and Stopping Periods:
Methods for controlling periods may range from a simple technique to drug therapies. It depends on you ease, convenience and synchronization which effects on the way chosen for controlling periods.
These methods of controlling period are other than medications.
1) Exercise More and Exercise Regularly:
Regular exercise is important; it only helps you to remain fit but also delays the period. However, it is a physiological method and does not stop the period absolutely. Among the exercise there are practices like intense exercise (e.g. bicycle, swimming, skiing, weight training, running, etc), physical labour involving vigorous physical effort like lifting weights, chopping woods, etc and playing sports in a team. Milder exercise may also help in this regard but to a lesser level like gardening, horseback riding, housework and softball.
2) Avoid Foods that Are Heat Increasing:
This is not a research based advice but only an opinion based on widespread belief that hot, spicy and heavy foods may increase the periods. We don’t certify this however if you believe this you can subtract all such cuisines from your diet. Such foods may include pepper, spicy foods, chilli pepper, and ginger. Other foods like Mexican and Asian cuisines can also be avoided. It also includes fruits like papaya, mangoes, date, pineapples and others.
3) Prolonging the Breastfeeding:
Breast feeding regulates the reproductive cycles through hormonal mechanism. Regular breastfeeding produces hormone that effect the production of female sex hormone that cause ovulation. Breastfeeding regularly (as par baby demand/5 to 8 times a day) helps in producing higher levels of prolactin in blood.
This hormone is extremely good and effective in controlling the periods. Benefits of this method out way many other things. Breast feeding isn’t only good for baby but also for the mother. However, one needs to be aware of that the periods will return once the baby starts eating solid foods and breastfeeding is stopped.
Using Drugs for Controlling Menstrual Cycle:
1) Norethisterone for menses Control:
The drug is a form of progesterone hormone and it works quite similarly as do birth control pills (like progesterone only pills). This drug is often a prescription for women with irregular and painful menstruation. However, it is not an over the counter drug and a physician must be consulted for an advice and prescription.
Doctor will decide whether you need this drug or other and what tests need to be done. This drug is normally demanded by those ladies who are unable to control their menses by simple oral contraceptive pills.
The dosage of this drug is three times a day. These drugs can control the menstrual bleeding but doesn’t cause infertility so women can still get pregnant while taking this drug (as this drug in progesterone containing).
The normal mechanism of shedding of the endometrium and consummation of menses is the shedding of layer (endometrium) in response to decreased progesterone in body. As this drug is itself progesterone it avoids a drop in the levels of hormone and in result avoid menses.
This drug comes with side effects lie bloating, stomach disturbance, breast discomfort and reduction in the desire for sex.
2) Birth Control Pills:
COCPs (Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills) or in other words birth control pills and the mostly widely used and safer method of avoiding the periods. This method also provides a good infertility period. Generally, birth control pills come in a packet containing 28 pills among which 21 pills contain hormone and 7 will are placebo and known as ‘pill free’ period but they are taken with discipline in order to maintain the continuity of contraceptive pills.
These pills also come with side effects linked to hormones like estrogen and progesterone. It can cause breast tenderness, hypermetabolic condition that can give rise to problems such as Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). Therefore, the drug must be taken after proper advice and prescription of a medical practitioner and must not be taken without expert advice. Talk to your doctor and act on his precious advice.
3) Ibuprofen and Vitamin B6:
Ibuprofen and Vitamin b6 can also help slowing down the menstrual period. Ibuprofen and dose of Vitamin B6 every day for one or two weeks can delay menses. However the one who is taking this drug must be very sure that he is in regular follow up of doctor because this drug can cause serious side effects including hepatic toxicity.
Controlling menses temporarily through drugs or non-drug methods sometimes appear without any problems. However, it is quite clear that an external mechanism using hormonal changes can affect the normal flow of menses as it alters the hormonal level temporarily. It can also cause abnormal periods and spotting while menstruation.