Being a woman can suck sometimes. You know that time in the month, well it always comes at the most inconvenient times. Did you know that there are things you can do to delay it if required. When I went on holiday last year I was 10 week post birth and just knew that the chances are my period would arrive while I was away so my very lovely GP prescribed me a medication that would delay this from happening. Of course these types of meds are only to be used under GP advice but it is good to know that they are available if needed. Have a read of the below post for more information.
Is it safe to delay your period?
If you’re gearing up for a summer holiday, preparing for a wedding or you’ve got other plans that you think your period could ruin, you might be looking for ways to delay your monthly visitor. But what are the best ways to prevent your period from arriving at an awkward moment, and are they safe?
Using a period delay treatment
If you’re not on the pill, the best way to stop your period from spoiling your plans is to take a medicine called norethisterone. Available on prescription from your doctor, chemists and online pharmacies such as Europa Pharmacy, this treatment contains a form of progesterone and it works by stopping your womb lining from shedding. It comes in tablet form and you’ll need to start taking it three days before your period is due. You can use it for up to 17 days.
This treatment is popular and safe, and it can be a simple and effective way to stop your period from getting in the way of your plans. However, it’s important to note that it might not be suitable for you if you have a history of blood clots. Also, some women have reported side effects such as nausea, bloating and headaches when taking it. If you want to find out more about the treatment and discover whether it’s right for you, you can research it online or speak to a health specialist.
Taking your pill packs back to back
If you’re on the combined contraceptive pill, you don’t need to seek a specialist treatment. Simply taking two packs of your pills back to back could delay your period. Rather than having a seven-day break between packs, just start your new one the day after you finish the last pill in your current pack. Bear in mind though, this isn’t always 100 per cent effective - and it’s not an option if you’re on a progestogen-only pill.
Also, you shouldn’t take more than a couple of packs without a break unless you’ve been told it’s OK to do so by your doctor. This is because using this contraceptive without a break for more than two packs can cause stomach pains, bloating and unexpected bleeding.
With these options to choose from, you should find it straightforward to delay your period. Always make sure you consult a doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure of the facts though, and follow the information provided on your norethisterone or contraceptive packs carefully.
* Collaborative post.