In cases where it may be inconvenient to have your period when it is due, for example if you have a holiday, wedding or exams, you can consider period delay medication. This is especially true for women who experience excessive amounts of pain and discomfort during their period.
In order to delay your period you need to know when it is due, and can be prescribed tablets which can postpone its start by preventing the shedding of the womb lining. You will need to take the tablets for as long as you would like to delay for, which can be up to 20 days. If you are already using the contraceptive pill, you can use your pill to put off your period.
Period delay explained
Getting your period can be the worst time of the month for many women as it is generally painful, messy and distressing. If you have a big event coming up such as your wedding, a holiday, an interview or an exam, you might want to delay your period so it doesn’t ruin the event. As long as you do it safely, you should be fine stopping your period for whatever reason.
If you are taking the combined pill, you can just take two months’ worth of your active pill back to back without the break for your period to skip the bleeding. If you are not on this kind of contraception, you may choose to use a hormonal delay pill such as Norethisterone. You can take Norethisterone for up to 20 days to delay your period. Although Norethisterone is a type of progestogen hormone, it does not maintain its contraceptive qualities when you are using it as a type of period delay medication. You can buy period delay pills from an online doctor such as iMeds.
For many women, getting your period can be very painful and uncomfortable. If you have a big event coming up, it’s no surprise that you’d want to postpone your bleeding where possible. There are a lot of old wives tales regarding secret tricks to delay your period, but the most reliable way is by using period delay tablets such as Norethisterone. Norethisterone contains an active ingredient of the same name, which is a type of progestogen hormone, and can delay your period by up to 20 days. Your period should return 3 days after you stop taking the tablets.
Not every woman has periods evenly, regularly or easily, and some people don't get them all. When you go through the menopause, you'll stop getting your period, and although they begin when puberty starts, it may take a few years to settle down properly, sometimes even until you’re 18 or 20. To an extent, your period can depend on your weight. For example, people who suffer anorexia or bulimia, eating disorders which means sufferer may be severely underweight, don't always get their periods. In some cases their period stops altogether. This is because the body recognises that it is too thin to support a baby if it got pregnant. In these circumstances, your period will return once you are back to healthy weight, but you may find it more difficult to get pregnant later on in life as your fertility may have been compromised.
What can make my period change?
Since having regular periods require a very specific balance of hormones in your body, there are many reasons why it may change during your life. Emotional difficulties such as stress or anxiety can make your period late, or taking medications which impact your hormones. If you begin taking any kind of hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill, the patch or the implant, you may notice changes to your periods. For example, taking the POP (progestogen only pill) is known to sometimes alter your menstrual cycle. It may increase or decrease the amount of bleeding you get, and in some circumstances it may disappear altogether. Women who suffer from painful or heavy periods sometimes choose to take the combined pill as it contains a seven-day break during which they bleed, which can help to manage complicated periods.
If you have made a huge lifestyle change recently, such as suddenly taking upon lots of exercise or going on a crash diet, you may also notice a change in when you bleed. Huge life stresses like getting married, moving house or starting a new job can also delay your period. Unfortunately, if your period is a few days late and you're worried you're pregnant, the stress of worrying about it may make your period even later.
If you regularly have painful and heavy periods, it is advised you should make an appointment to speak to your GP about it, as you may be suffering from endometriosis. This is a condition where tissue which should be inside your womb grows outside of it. Although it can be extremely painful, it can be cured relatively easily once diagnosed by removal of the excess tissue.
Why would I want to delay my period?
There are a plethora of reasons why you might want to delay your period. Maybe you have an important day coming up, like your wedding or an exam, you're going on holiday, or you've just got a big week at work and don't want the disruption of having to run to the loo every 45 minutes. As long as it is done in moderation and safely, there's no need to have a big occasion to want to delay a period.
How do I delay my period?
There are two easy ways you can delay your period, and which approach you take depends on what contraceptive you're currently taking:
If you're on the combined contraceptive pill
If you're taking this kind of contraception, you know when you're going to bleed – in the seven-day break. It's a simple process to delay your period, just start taking the next pack without your usual gap. This will both delay your period for another three weeks as well as keeping you protected from pregnancy. Although you can take up to 3 packets in a row, it's advised that you only take two consecutively.
If you're taking the pill which has 21 active tablets and 7 inactive tablets, you should throw these inactive tablets away and begin the next pack of active tablets the following day. Again you'll be protected from your period and pregnancy.
If you're taking a pill which has several types of tablet with different hormone balances in them, the process is slightly different. You should speak to your doctor in advance about which pills to take and which to skip to ensure you're protected from pregnancy whilst you are your delaying period.
If you're NOT taking the combined contraceptive pill
If you're not on this kind of contraception, or using another kind of contraception, you'll need to take another medication to prevent your period. The most common of these is Norethisterone, which you can purchase from iMeds. It is made up of the active ingredient of the same name, which is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring progestogen hormone. Start taking a tablet three times a day, several days before you know your period is due. If you are usually taking the minipill or POP, you should stop taking it whilst using this preventative medication. Bear in mind that although this medication contains progestogen, it cannot be used as a contraceptive. You should use another kind of non-hormonal contraceptive whilst taking it, such as a condom. If used correctly, your period should return three days after you stop taking the tablets. If it doesn't, you should speak to your doctor as you may be pregnant.
You can take Norethisterone for up to 20 days in a row to delay your period. This medication is not suitable to everyone, and may conflict with your medical history or other medications you are taking, making it unsuitable for you. Do not take this pill without your doctor's guidance. Always read the patient information leaflet.
If you want to stop your period on a more long term basis, you should speak to your doctor about an operation that can be done to make this happen.