Period Delaying Pills: What You Need to Know?
Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with your period and everything that comes with it. Maybe your wedding is coming up or you’re planning to go on a beach break, or perhaps you get really bad cramps and don’t want them during an important event. Whatever the reason, there is a way to safely and temporarily delay your period.
What Are Period Delaying Pills?
Period delaying pills use a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone. When you take them, they raise the progesterone levels in your body to prevent menstruation from starting.
Period Delaying Pills vs Birth Control Pills
Most birth control pills follow the traditional menstrual cycle, so you will still get your period when you take them. Each month, you receive 28 days of pills with 7 of them being placebo pills. It is possible to delay or prevent your period by skipping the placebo pills and moving straight onto a new pack of hormone pills. Before using birth control pills to prevent your period for longer lengths of time, consult your doctor to ensure you follow a safe medication regime.
Period delay pills are meant to be used in the short term to pause your menstrual cycle for up to 17 days. Many women have used period delay pills to ensure that they do not get their period during a special event or during a holiday. It is important to note that period delay pills are NOT a contraceptive like birth control pills, so if you do not want to get pregnant you should use other methods of contraception.
When You Should Take the Pills
Birth control pills are taken on a regular basis as prescribed by your doctor.
Period delay pills are a shorter course of treatment that should be started 3 days before the expected day of your period. They can be taken for up to 20 days with your period beginning a couple of days later.
Potential Side Effects of Taking Period Delaying Pills
- Short-term changes to your period like spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Loss of libido
- Mood swings