Sometimes your periods come at wrong time, disturbing your plans and well-being. Actually, your monthly events don’t limit you in swimming or intercourses.
However it may be really uncomfortable to be engaged in some activities with all these cramps, mood swings, bloating and need to change tampons or pads frequently.
It may be especially relevant for women with endometriosis and uterine fibroids, who experience heavy menstrual bleeding and severe abdominal pain.
The good news is that nowadays we have ability to delay unwanted menses without any harm to our health.
It’s completely possible to skip your periods, if you’re on birth control medicines.
Monophasic pills contain 21 active pills and seven placebo (inactive) pills. If you want to put off periods, you can simply omit seven “empty” pills and start the new packet of oral contraceptives, without making a break.
Be aware that taking only active pills may result in abnormal vaginal bleeding, bloating and pain in the belly.
If you didn’t use oral contraceptives earlier, but want to delay menstruation, your doctor may recommend you a medicine called norethisterone.
It is usually advised to start taking three pills a day 3-4 days before your expected periods. Menses should come 2-3 days after you discontinue consuming this medication.
Norethisterone doesn’t prevent unwanted pregnancy, if taken in this way. It may be also not the best option, if you have history of thrombosis.
Sometimes women, who tried this drug, complain of breast tenderness, headache, bloating and feeling sick. Effectiveness of norethisterone in delaying menses differs between women.
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By the way, even if you preferred another method of contraception, starting taking oral contraceptives can help you put off periods. But it’s necessary to begin birth control pills several weeks before your coming menstruation.
Another way to skip your periods is taking extended-cycle pills.
Some of them, like Seasonale, Jolessa and Quasense, allow you to stay off periods during 12 weeks. During this time you should take active pills every day. After that you need to take inactive pills, giving time for the periods.
Camrese and Seasonique act in the same way. The difference is that after taking 12 weeks of active pills, you will take low doses of estrogen during a week. This can help prevent heavy bleeding, bloating and intense pain, which may become apparent after long-lasting menstruation withdrawal.
Quartette pills contain constant level of progestin and gradually increasing dose of estrogen. In bleeding-week you should take pills with extremely low levels of estrogen.
It’s even possible to prevent menses for one year, using medication called Amethyst.
Remember that it’s strongly recommended against taking any medications without consulting with medical specialist.
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