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What are the Best Tips for Stopping Menstruation?

Autumn Rivers
Updated May 17, 2024
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Some women are interested in stopping menstruation, at least temporarily, as they may want to avoid bleeding during a vacation or special event. It should be noted that stopping menstruation is not typically recommended by doctors, but that there are few surefire methods to do so. In fact, the most effective route typically must be started months ahead of time, as the combination birth control pill is often able to delay the period when two packs are used without a break. Some women choose to take a different kind of pill, called progesterone, to stop their period for a while. Additionally, certain herbs, such as Squaw Mint and Skevish, may be taken to try to delay the period.

The combination oral contraceptive pill is one of the only ways of stopping menstruation that is considered safe by doctors. This type of contraception usually features several pills with both estrogen and progesterone in them, as well as a few pills with just sugar. These are considered placebo pills, as they usually contain no hormones, allowing the period to arrive when they are taken. On the other hand, a woman may decide to just start the next pack of birth control instead of taking the placebo pills, which should result in the ability to skip that month's period. In fact, some types of contraceptive pills encourage women to use this method of stopping menstruation often, resulting in only a few periods per year.

Those who are not already on birth control, yet want to skip their next period, may instead opt for progesterone pills. These tend to work on the same principle as the oral contraceptive pills, except of course they cannot prevent pregnancy. In fact, progesterone is the hormone that is produced just after ovulation, as well as in early pregnancy. When the egg is not fertilized, this hormone starts to disappear, which can allow the uterine lining to shed during menstruation. Thus, keeping progesterone levels high can keep the period at bay, though this hormone usually needs to be taken a few times daily to be effective at stopping menstruation.

Finally, some women prefer to use the most natural route possible when delaying their period, in which case they may be interested in herbs. For example, Squaw Mint has been used by Native American women to delay their menstrual cycle. It is an herb that is typically made into a tea. Another herb that has been taken for the same purpose is Skevish, though the ability to possibly delay the menstrual cycle is just one of many properties, and a woman should research either of these products thoroughly before using them.

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Autumn Rivers
By Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGEEK, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.

Discussion Comments

By ZipLine — On Sep 19, 2014

Although there are herbs out there that sort of act like birth control or progesterone, I think it's difficult to use them safely and correctly. It's difficult to know the right dose and they may or may not work.

By ysmina — On Sep 18, 2014

@fBoyle-- Yes, it's definitely worth it. And a woman doesn't have to take birth control pills to delay menstruation. Progesterone pills are enough and they do just that. They delay menstruation until that event or vacation is over, so the menstruation starts immediately. There aren't significant chances to the cycle and everything will be back on track the next month.

I don't know about others, but I only get one week of vacation a year and I'd like to spend it on the beach, swimming and sunbathing. My luck is such that my menstrual cycle will wait for my holiday to get going. So I start using progesterone a few days before it's time for my trip and I take it every day during the trip. I stop taking it after I return home and my period usually arrives a few days later.

This is not birth control and it doesn't stop menstruation, it merely delays it for a while. I agree that this is not something that should be used all the time. I only use it once a year, that's it.

By fBoyle — On Sep 17, 2014

I think it's wrong for women to use birth control pills to stop their menstruation for a wedding or a vacation. Our reproductive system is complex, sensitive and very important for our general health. When these hormonal treatments are used to stop menstruation, various changes occur in our body. Moreover, when the drugs are stopped, it will likely take several months for the cycle to become regular and normal again.

Is all this worth it for that single event or vacation?

Autumn Rivers

Autumn Rivers

Autumn Rivers, a talented writer for WiseGEEK, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University. Her background in journalism helps her create well-researched and engaging content, providing readers with valuable insights and information on a variety of subjects.
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