How to delay your period safely

By : Susan Ray | Published : Wednesday December 7, 2011 | Posted in : Women's Health | Comments
How to safely delay your period

Period Delay is a safe method of postponing your menstrual cycle for several days. There are a number of reasons why you would want to delay your period, everything from convenience to planning for a special occasion. The important thing to know is that this can be done safely, although it should only be occasionally, as well as relatively easily; whether you are taking a combined oral contraceptive or are looking for period delay treatment on its own.

Depending on your situation, if you’re taking a combined oral contraceptive pill or are not using any hormonal contraception treatment, there are two methods you can use to delay your period. Before attempting either, you should always consult your doctor first. They will be able to advise you further and help you determine whether doing so would be a safe option.

Delaying your period while taking a combined contraceptive

If you are using an oral combined contraceptive pill as a form of protection against unplanned pregnancies, delaying your period is relatively straight forward. Combined contraceptives usually have three weeks worth of hormonal tablets which are then followed by a 7-day break in taking pills. During this time women usually experience a withdrawal bleed.

To avoid this, you can simply start taking the next pack of your contraceptive pills without the 7-day break in between. After doing so it’s advised you do not skip the break again for a few weeks.

Delaying your period while not taking a combined contraceptive

If you are not currently using any form of hormonal contraceptive, you can still delay your period safely and effectively. Norethisterone is a prescription treatment that contains artificial progestogen, similar to that found in oral contraceptives. By taking the medication, usually 3-4 days before you expect your period, it keeps the natural progestogen levels in your body the same and delays the shedding of the womb lining and start of your period.

This is an easy to use treatment but it’s advised that you don’t delay your period for more than two weeks. Consult your doctor should you have any questions regarding the treatment and how long you could safely use the medication.

Are there any side effects of period delay?

Delaying your period shouldn’t be dangerous or harmful to your body, as long as it’s not done multiple times after each other and for prolonged periods of time. You should always consult your doctor prior to delaying it to ensure that it’s a safe option for you to take.

Taking Norethisterone, like all prescription medication might cause certain side effects. These include bloating, stomach pains, nausea, breast tenderness and decreased sex drive. However, because it’s a hormonal treatment, like oral contraceptives, your body should get used to the medication fairly quickly and side effects should be mild if experienced at all. You should consult your doctor if any side effect persists or grows worse.

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