Can you delay a period?

There may be some times when you want to delay your period so you can enjoy a holiday, have some private time with your partner or just take a break from “Aunt Flo”. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this. Just be aware that most of these aren’t long-term solutions and will only give you a short reprieve. The female body is designed to have a period for much of its lifespan, so expect it to come back in force after you stop using one of these delay methods.


Natural Means
There are tons of home remedies out there for delaying your period. While none of them are medically tested, we probably all have that aunt or neighbor who swears by them. Eating some lemon or drinking a couple of teaspoons of vinegar three times in a day may or may not produce results. You can test them for yourself, but don’t get your hopes up.

Now, let’s get on to some methods that really work. Probably the most popular one is “the Pill”. This is a contraceptive method that can stop your period as well. You are typically supposed to take a break from the pill after seven days, but you can keep on using it for as long as three months. Just be warned that there may be some breakthrough bleeding or spotting as you take the pill for long periods of time.

There is actually a period delay pill as well. It’s called Norethisterone, and you have to really keep track of your period’s schedule if you want it to work. You’re supposed to take it three days before your period is going to start, so preparation is very important for this pill if it’s going to work for you.

Devices and Hygiene Products
Beyond pills, you can also try a number of different contraceptive devices. A contraceptive patch like EVRA can prevent or delay your period. Just keep on using it during your off-period. You can also use contraceptive rings, such as Nuvaring. Once again, skip the seven-day break and keep on using the ring.

Feminine hygiene products, such as Softcup, can also help you with a period delay. You can wear it for as long as 12 hours, and it won’t get in the way of sex. You and your partner won’t even feel it there, so it’s likely your best bet for a safe period delay solution when you don’t have time to plan ahead.

Permanent Solution
If you want to be rid of your period permanently, there’s a fix for that as well. A LARC (long acting reversible contraceptive) is a small plastic device that will have to be inserted into your womb. You can use it for up to five years before needing a replacement, so it’s your best hope of long-term period delay.

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