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How to Delay Your Period

How to Delay Your Period

Postponing menstruation by a few days can be achieved by regulating the progesterone hormone levels. This article discusses how to delay your period with birth control pills and hormone altering supplements.
HerHaleness Staff
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2017
Menstruation is a significant part of a woman's bodily cycle, which is responsible for reproduction. It usually lasts for 28-30 days, and the blood flow continues for 3-5 days. Nevertheless, menstrual cycle varies from one woman to another, and depends on various factors like emotional state, mental stress, physical stress, and hormones. While some experience painful cramps during this period, others pass it normally. Whichever is the case, it is quite disappointing if the monthly period coincides with important dates.
Method
At some point or the other, every woman feels like postponing her monthly menstrual cycle for a few days, especially if her menstruation falls during summer vacationing, sports events, swimming competition, or other special occasions. Changing this complex cycle or making it fall at a later date is not very easy as compared to advancing the due date. However, you can opt for some effective ways to postpone the menstruation. The trick is to manipulate the hormonal secretion in such a way that the progesterone level remains high even during the expected cycle period.
During a normal period, bleeding is initiated when the progesterone hormone in the body reduces to a certain level. This hormone begins to reduce gradually at least 7 days prior to the start of your menstrual cycle. Considering this, the most reliable approach to delay your menstruation is to use birth control pills or hormone altering agents.
Oral Contraception
Women who are already on a fixed dose of combined oral contraceptive pills, can simply start the next pack without the usual break of seven days. At the end of these two packets, you need to have your 7 day break. However, you should always consult your doctor regarding the type and dosage of the pills you are taking.
Hormonal Supplement
Women who are not on birth-control pills can make use of hormonal supplements. These hormone altering agents are available in nearly all pharmaceutical stores. Follow the recommended dosage and intake period to get satisfactory results. Once such supplement is the 'norethisterone' tablet. It is advisable to consult your doctor at least a week before when you expect your period if you plan to postpone it via hormonal means.
There is no specific method for delaying your period naturally. If at all, postponing your period is not necessary, avoid ingesting drugs and medications for the same. After all, menstrual cycle is a normal bodily function and altering this cycle frequently is not recommended. The top priority to be considered while delaying your menstrual cycle is the safety of the method. To be on the safer side, consult a gynecologist regarding the same and plan your period postponement properly to avoid adverse effects.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.