Many women are concerned about their periods. A good number of women want to stop their periods out of discomfort, bad feeling, and uncomfortable living and due to busy schedule. However, only few women know the methods for doing this effectively and safely.
Out of personal preference women might wish to cease their periods from happening. Such preferences can range from a party, an athletic race, a hangout with friends or excess office work. Whatever may be the reason, suitable ways for controlling periods effectively are always inquired. This article is information based and in no way it equates the medical advice and expert opinion. For proper treatment one must visit a doctor.
However through observations and multiple experiences many methods have proven to be effective which are non-medical. Considering this people also ask about different methods of contraception and their questions normally revolve around following issues:
- Is the method of contraception independent of intercourse?
- Is the method of contraception reversible?
- Does it require punctuality or is care free?
- Is the method dependent on pills or is it pill free?
1) Taking Birth Control Pills for Stopping Periods:
Taking oral contraceptive pills is a widely used and effective method for controlling periods. This technique is not only used for controlling periods but also for providing a safe infertile period during sexual intercourse days. Good thing about this method is that it is doesn’t disrupt the sexual sensations as done by barrier method and is sexually independent.
However, if you aren’t in a relationship and still desiring to stop your menstrual cycle with effective medications, this method appears to be a good choice. Contraceptive pills are composed of hormones. Usually used OCPs are a combination of oestrogen and progesterone hormone that halt fertility and menstruation by three processes:
- Causing atrophy of vaginal mucosa temporarily.
- Thickening of vaginal mucosa which will cause difficulty in sperm mobility
- Causing anovulation i.e. a mature egg is unable to hatch out of its shell and thus this process also halts the menstruation.
It is also preferred to maintain a statistical sheet of your menstrual flow cycle with all events marked. In this way you can calculate how effective is this contraceptive method and its usefulness.
Is there anything to Worry about Pill Dependency?
There’s not much to worry about it because these drugs need to be taken under the guidance of a medical practitioner and he is responsible to guide you and choose the best regimen for you. However, taking birth control pills require punctuality and discipline.
Pills containing drugs comprise of 21 days, remaining 7 days are pill free and are only placebo for maintaining the habit and punctuality. Missing pills is not appreciated if you are taking it for contraception because it might predispose you to pregnancy because the effectivity of drug will diminish. However, if women are taking them for contraception alone she might observe slight spotting around periods.
Are there any Side Effects?
There are positive and negative aspects of everything around you and thus Oral Contraceptive Pills also come up with side effects. These are as follows:
- Erratic and abnormal bleeding.
- Gall bladder stones.
- Ovarian cysts.
- Healthy Effect: Increase in good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease in bad cholesterol (LDL).
These side effects are alarming but occur rarely.
2) Norethisterone for Stopping Periods:
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. The dosage of this drug is three times a day.
This drug is normally demanded by those ladies who are unable to control their menses by simple oral contraceptive pills.
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).
3) Using Ibuprofen:
Ibuprofen is also considered to be a method for controlling periods. It is a common drug used for controlling periods but is also indicated for controlling periods. However it comes with side effects. We have discussed ibuprofen as a method for reducing periods in other articles.
Methods Independent of Pills:
This method is preferred by those women who don’t want the burden of carrying pills and maintaining a routine for taking the pills. Such women want independent methods that make them free of routines and caring about medications. Such methods can range from normal physiological mechanism to medical ones:
1) Depo Provera:
This method comprises of an intra venous injection of chemical Depot Medroxy Progesterone Acetate and marketed as Depo Provera. It is mainly composed of progesterone and controls the periods effectively together with providing a long period on infertility which is independent of intercourse with fewer side effects.
It is a silicon strip placed sub-dermally that releases hormone and causes cessation of bleeding with a period of fertility which is long, safe, independent of intercourse and reversible. However, it requires medical experts to do them.
3) Intra-Uterine Devices:
These devises come in different forms. They can be:
- Hormone releasing like Levonogestrel Intra-uterine system (LNG-IUS) commonly called Mirena-IUS.
- Copper containing Intra Uterine Devices.
1) Regular Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding is a very effective and safe method for controlling menses. However a single disadvantage of this method is that it is only effective for mothers who have young babies. Breastfeeding released hormones that inhibit the higher mechanisms of fertility and cause cessation of menses and fertility.
2) Regular Exercise:
Regular exercise isn’t a medical therapy neither it is a method reached through research. This technique is mainly based on observations and maintaining a healthy life style. Regular exercise increases blood flow to the tissues and thus make them function in a better way.
3) Using Lemon for Controlling Periods:
Lemon juice and lemon are for long considered to be a method of controlling periods. It is conservative belief and not a drug therapy. Women have shared their experience on using this technique for reducing periods.