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How To Delay Menstruation With Home Remedies

By on January 3, 2012

Having your periods during a crucial swimming competition, romantic holiday, honeymoon or an important social event can be a real dampener.

Many women are exploring this option of delaying their periods during crucial events, as it becomes an unwanted hassle. While it is best to not disrupt the natural hormonal cycle of the body, there are some simple and natural ways of delaying your menstruation with home remedies.

Ways To Delay Menstruation With Home Remedies

Birth Control Pills

The hormone progesterone is said to support menstruation. Keeping the progesterone levels high in your body will prevent menstruation from occurring.

Stop Taking Birth Control Pills

Progesterone tricks the brain into thinking that the body is pregnant and menstruation does not occur. Make sure you take a progesterone only mini pill to prevent your menses from occurring. Discuss the various possibilities with your doctor who can help you out.

Tampons

While the use of tampons does not prevent menstruation from occurring, they are more hygienic and less messy to use especially if you are on your honeymoon or are participating in a swimming competition. In fact, many swimmers use tampons during swimming competitions as it is less messy and does not hinder with their ability to swim.

Tampons

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Pre-Poning The Period

Sometimes it is best to simply prepone the period rather than postpone it. This too can be done with the help of hormonal induction. You will however have to discuss the possibilities with your doctor for the same.

Ginger

Ginger is very potent and is said to produce heat in the body. It is said that drinking strong ginger infused tea is said to accelerate the onset of the menstrual cycle. Often, drinking ginger tea can induce menstrual cramps and start the periods.

Ginger

Parsley

Parsley leaves are said to induce menstruation though there is no scientific data to back this. Have a few crushed parsley leaves, which have been infused in water or tea in order to induce and start menstruation.

Hot Foods

Ancient science has suggested that consumption of certain hot foods tends to start the periods and can result in painful cramps. These include hot and spicy foods that induce menstruation. Certain foods that produce heat like mangoes and papayas may also induce bleeding.

Hot Foods

That is why having these fruits during pregnancy is not usually recommended. Try increasing your intake of spicy food and fruits like papaya for an early start of the menstrual cycle.

Stress and Fasting

Some women are naturally able to delay their menstrual cycles due to extreme stress and fasting. However, this is not recommended as this can also prove to be dangerous to the body in several ways. Fasting can lead to severe malnutrition and extreme stress can take a toll on other health parameters as well.

Stress

At times, it is just advisable to not interfere with your natural menstrual cycle but to let it run its own natural course and allow it to occur. Women can plan their events in such a way so that their periods do not overly interfere with their plans and other social commitments.

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  • KashaUK2000

    Firstly, there is no reason why a woman should need to delay menstruation – it doesn’t stop women from doing anything they’d do any other time of their cycle, and some things (e.g. sex) are better during menstruation. If a woman suffers problems like cramps then short of a health problem like endometriosis these problems can be prevented as easily as by changing diet or taking herbal treatments.

    For swimming menstrual cups are far better than tampons as they’re safer (no risk of TSS, infections, increased cramps or exposure to dioxin) so can be worn with any flow up to 12 hours – for swimming they’re better as they don’t absorb water, nothing shows outside the body, and they don’t leak like tampons. For sex limit or avoid mess by having sex without vaginal penetration, use a towel under you, or use menstrual products like softcups, soft tampons and diaphragms that prevent flow leaving the body while still allowing vaginal penetration – thus sex with no mess.

    Progesterone doesn’t ‘trick’ the body into thinking it’s pregnant, it is always present within women’s bodies, the drop in progesterone towards the end of the woman’s cycle is what triggers menstruation. Tablets containing synthetic progesterone can delay a period, but there is no natural means of doing this (except lunaception to change ovulation, in turn changing menstruation, but this takes months).

    Menstruation isn’t just menstrual bleeding – it is the end/start of the menstrual cycle, a constant cycle of hormonal changes within the body – anything a doctor gives to start bleeding early is NOT starting menstruation, it’s just bleeding meant to mimic menstruation, much like withdrawal bleeding while on hormonal birth control is meant to mimic menstruation. Without ovulation menstruation cannot occur, and no medication can speed-up ovulation and the menstrual cycle enough to start menstruation early – it’s vitally important women understand this difference.

    Menstruation can be induced naturally – there are multiple hormones that are known (scientifically) to do this, parsley is a common method as it softens the cervix but it’s known as a ‘helper herb’ which is best use in conjunction with something else, vitamin C is commonly used in induction which starves the uterus of progesterone. Induction using such methods WILL NOT WORK if a woman is not due to menstruation (e.g. if she’s not yet ovulated, and with uterus lining build-up). Induction like this is only really effective if used when the period is due or late – although stronger herbs and doses can be used to induce miscarriage, so theoretically would be strong enough to induce menstruation earlier, but shouldn’t be used this way as it can be harmful. Things like hot foods etc. do not work to induce menstruation at all.

    Stress, fasting and illness can all delay menstruation – this is because it delays ovulation; the body will not risk pregnancy if you’re in poor health. I’ve never known a woman purposefully stressing herself out or causing significant enough harm to her health so to purposefully delay or stop menstruation.