Stop your period: our 5 natural methods to do so

There are many reasons why you may want to stop your period. Is it possible to do so? How can you successfully stop your period? We give you all our tips in this article!

Why do you want to stop your period ?

The duration of the period is variable depending on the woman. You may want to stop your period for many reasons: going on vacation, a party planned, an important date such as an exam etc...

Sometimes, we prefer to avoid having our period at certain inconvenient times. Some women may also want to stop their periods when they have certain pathologies such as endometriosis or very heavy bleeding.

There are different methods to stop your period: some are temporary, and others are permanent.

What are the common methods to stop your period?

There are several ways to stop your period:

  • natural methods
  • medicated methods
  • contraceptive methods

Natural methods to stop menstruation

The effectiveness of natural methods for to shorten one's period is not scientifically proven, but since there are no contraindications, you are free to test them! They will be more or less effective depending on the woman and her cycle.

  • Plants: we will retain in particular the yarrow and the pepper of monk, which are known to shift your periods of a few days (provided that you take them in time!) You can also test the shepherd's purse, the leaves of raspberry tree, the root of angelica, and the sage. It is recommended to consume these plants in the form of herbal teas. They will not necessarily delay the arrival of the period but they can reduce the menstrual flow.
  • Drink enough water: in general, drinking enough water is very important for your health, it is recommended to drink 1.5l to 2l of water per day. If you drink a lot of water, there is a good chance that your menstrual flow will be reduced.
  • It is also recommended that you eat enough fruits and vegetables to help you through your period. Indeed, your menstrual flow is lightened, and as vegetables are non-inflammatory foods, they can relieve dysmenorrhea (period pain).

As a reminder, these methods are not scientifically proven and depend on each woman. They will not stop your period, but they will affect the amount of flow.

Taking medication to stop your period

To delay your period, there are recognized methods of medication. To opt for this type of solution, talk to your doctor or health care professional to make sure that you have no contraindications and to inform you of the potential side effects.

  • You can take GnRH agonists: this is a treatment that stops ovarian functions: the hormonal cycle is paused, so menstruation disappears. If you stop taking this treatment, your period returns.

This treatment is taken under medical supervision.

  • A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug may be used to relieve your period pain. They can also reduce blood flow.

If you are using these medications because your flow is too painful and you want to avoid having them, remember that it is not normal to suffer so much that it impacts your daily life during your period: consult your doctor, midwife or gynecologist to find out the cause of your pain and to find a suitable treatment.

Choosing a hormonal contraceptive method to stop your period

Some methods of contraception can stop your period. The contraceptive method is the only truly effective method.

  • For the pill: two solutions are available to you.

Microprogestogen pills are taken continuously, which completely stops the arrival of your period.

But there are also other types of pills such as the combined estrogen-progestin pill, which works with the combination of two progestogens. This pill causes withdrawal bleeding during the week of discontinuation or placebo (depending on whether you have a 21-pill or 28-pill combination). Since this is artificial bleeding (commonly called false menstruation), it is possible to take two packets in a row, without interruption or by skipping the placebo tablets. You will not have your period, but you may have some bleeding such as spotting.

  • The hormonal IUD:

This method of contraception is based on the delivery of synthetic progestin hormones (levonorgestrel) through an intrauterine device placed in the uterus by your gynecologist. By opting for the hormonal IUDIn most cases, menstruation is reduced and even disappears for some women.

This is a method of contraception that is placed under the skin of the arm and delivers a continuous progestin hormone. This hormone stops ovulation. It has been observed that the implant generally tends to reduce the appearance of menstruation. Some women will have their periods completely stopped when they have an implant.

As a last resort: stop menstruation with a surgical procedure

Surgical procedures include

  • Hysterectomy: this technique consists of the removal of the uterus. It is an irreversible method that stops the menstrual cycle and makes pregnancy impossible. Hysterectomy may be recommended by a doctor if you are prone to serious gynecological pathologies such as cervical cancer.
  • Endometrectomy: This is a different surgical procedure than hysterectomy. It consists of the removal of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. This surgical procedure can be useful in cases of endometrial cancer, fibroids or bleeding periods. Thus, the flow is stopped. However, this operation greatly reduces fertility.

Is it possible to delay menstruation naturally?

Natural methods make it possible to Delaying your period The effectiveness of these methods depends on each woman and has not been scientifically proven. Only contraceptive or surgical methods are truly effective. However, there is nothing to prevent you from testing them since they have no contraindications.

The FAQ to stop your period

Is it possible to stop menstruating for an evening?

If you are taking the pill and you want to stop your flow for an evening, you just have to start your second pack without the 7-day break. There are also natural methods to stop your period, such as taking herbal infusions.

Is it dangerous to want to stop your period?

Stopping your period is not dangerous, as long as you respect the dosage of your pill, the herbal infusions, etc. In any case, if you have the slightest doubt or question, consult your doctor, midwife or gynecologist.

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