Sometimes, we, the women folk want to delay our menstrual periods due to socio- cultural or health reasons and want to participate and enjoy the activities of life without any fear of staining our clothes or facing the stomach cramps or body tenderness experienced during periods.
Though 50 years back it was a distant dream for women to postpone menstruation as per their convenience but for modern women this is not only possible but safe also provided it is not done regularly. There are some hormonal pills available in the market which can help you in preventing menstruation. Though one cannot guarantee but usually these pills work well.
Ways To Prevent Menstruation
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills
If you have been using oral contraceptive pills as a method of contraception then all that you have to do is to continue with the pills without giving the prescribed break of 7 days. Keep taking the ‘active’ pill one, each day for the next 21 days and your periods will not appear.
How Do OCPs Work
The OCPs help in delaying menstrual periods because they contain both the hormones – estrogen and progestogen. In the normal cycle a women gets her period when the body lowers the production of these hormones. These hormones are responsible for sustaining the uterine lining in the uterus of a woman.
Since you are supplying these hormones through the OCP the lining will continue to sustain in your uterus and periods will not appear.If you do not take OCPs as a contraceptive but find them suitable for yourself then you can start taking a few weeks before your menstrual cycle begins. Normally periods begin after 2-3 days of stopping the pill.
Non Contraceptive Hormonal Pills (Progesterone Only Pills)
Those who do not want to use oral contraceptive pills as a method of contraception can also prevent their periods from occurring. Such women can take a hormone based pill called Norethisterone. This pill contains only progestogen (the man made substitute for progesterone) and its light dose can help you in delaying your periods.
How To Take The Pill?
Recommended dose for delaying periods is three tablets a day four – five days before the date of periods. You can take this pill for a couple of weeks till you want to start your periods. Your periods will start after 2-3 days of stopping the pill.
A Word of Caution
Though a safe option for preventing menstruation, it is important that you consult your doctor before taking this pill because it can create problems in women who suffer from deep vein thrombosis, epilepsy, diabetes, who are breastfeeding, migraine, high blood pressure, asthma, etc. It is always in your best interest to discuss about suitability of this pill.
How Does The Pill Work?
This pill works on the principal that continuous supply of progestogen will not allow the uterus lining to shed since this hormone is responsible for sustaining the lining and menstruation occurs when this hormone reaches a very low level in the body. Continuous artificial supply will ensure a sustained uterine lining resulting in delayed period.
This method of talking norethisterone will not work as a contraceptive.These methods should be used only when you really need them like when you are not well or there is something important coming up your way. Do not use these methods on a regular basis or quite frequently as they can disturb the inner harmony of your body.