There are ways of delaying your period for a few days, or even months, if you take Primosiston, the contraceptive pill or use a hormonal IUD. However, none of these options can stop a period once it has started.
Even though some women take salt water, water with vinegar, the morning-after pill, or ibuprofen, to try and stop a period that has already started, these solutions are not advised because they can be harmful to your health and cause hormonal changes, deregulating your cycles. In addition, there is no scientific evidence that these methods are effective in stopping a period.
If you want to delay your period by a week, not have your period for a month, or even stop your period completely, the best thing is for you to speak to your gynecologist so that he can advise you the best way to do so.
Even though there is no safe or effective way of stopping your period immediately or even after it has already started, there are ways of causing it to come sooner or later by a few days or months, such as:
Primosiston is a medication for treating dysfunctional uterine bleeding, but it can also be used with medical supervision to stop or delay a period. This happens because this medication helps your body maintain high levels of progesterone and estrogen, which delays ovulation and your period.
Taking Primosiston allows you to get your period sooner or later by two to three days. After a few days of use, it’s common for there to be some bleeding, which is not a period but it occurs due to the cleansing of the uterus.
2. Contraceptive pill
If you are on the contraceptive pill you can delay your period by a full cycle, thereby not having a period for a month. To do so, you need to take two packets of the pill, one after the other, i.e., you just take a pill from the new packet immediately after finishing the previous one.
However, it's important to note that there are some brands of contraceptive pill, in which the last pills are placebos, and these are generally another color. So, if you want to stop your period, don’t take those last pills, but take the pills in the next packet.
By taking two packets one after the other, your period won’t come because the levels of estrogen and progesterone will stay high, and the lining of the uterus will not shed.
3. Continuous-use birth control pill
The continuous-use birth control pill allows you not to have a period for several months, as it keeps progesterone and estrogen levels high and it stops the lining of the uterus from shedding.
However, there can be a small loss of blood during the month, especially in the first three months of using this type of contraceptive pill.
4. Hormone IUD
An IUD with hormones, known scientifically as IUS, such as Mirena, reduces the amount of blood lost during a period, and in some cases, it can stop bleeding altogether.
This happens because IUS is a device that contains levonorgestrel, similar to the progesterone that the ovary produces, which causes an increase in the thickness of a woman’s mucus and changes to the uterine lining, preventing pregnancy and even being able to stop a period.
5. Contraceptive injection
A contraceptive injection is a shot that contains progesterone, which reduces the amount of bleeding or even stops the bleeding completely, and it is administered every three months.
Injecting progesterone inhibits ovulation and it changes the mucus, which stops a pregnancy from occuring. Because this shot causes the body to maintain high progesterone levels, this also stops the period from coming.
6. Contraceptive implant
A contraceptive implant is a contraceptive method that also releases progesterone, which causes the body to have high hormone levels, reducing the amount of bleeding and stopping the period from coming.
In addition, the contraceptive implant stops ovulation and increases the thickness of the mucous, making it harder for the sperm to pass, which stops a pregnancy from occurring.
The contraceptive implant is a small flexible rod that a gynecologist places under the skin in the arm, and it lasts three years.
How to stop having a period permanently
If you want to stop having a period permanently you can have a surgical procedure to have your uterus removed, known as a hysterectomy, or a procedure that removes an internal part of the uterus, known as endometrial ablation.
These procedures are permanent and so it’s important for you to speak to a gynecologist who can advise you on the best method:
A hysterectomy is a surgery done to remove the uterus, which means that if you have it done you won’t get your period, but also you won’t be able to get pregnant anymore.
This surgical procedure is usually done in serious situations such as endometrial cancer or cervical cancer, and so this option should be discussed with a doctor, as it’s permanent and cannot be reversed.
2. Endometrial ablation
Endometrial ablation is usually done in women who have heavy periods. After this procedure the quantity of blood either reduces or the period will stop all together.
After doing the endometrial ablation, however, the probability of you managing to get pregnant is very low, as the procedure destroys the internal part of the uterus. Therefore, it’s important that you discuss this option with your doctor because if you want to get pregnant in the future, this may not be the best solution.
Why it’s not possible to stop a period that has already started
It isn’t possible to stop a period that has already started, because the shedding process in the lining of the uterus has already started.
This process happens close to the end of the menstrual cycle, when the levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease, which causes the internal lining of the uterus to shed and that leads to the bleeding that occurs during a period.
When should you stop a period
If your gynecologist thinks that your periods are not beneficial because you have anemia, endometriosis, or some types of uterine fibroids, it may be necessary to stop your period for a season.
In these cases, the gynecologist will indicate which is the best way to stop a period for a specific time until the disease is under control and the loss of blood is not a problem.
Who shouldn’t stop a period
Girls under the age of 15 should not stop their periods because in the first years of the menstrual cycle, it’s important to observe the interval between cycles, the quantity of blood lost, and which symptoms you have.
Observing the duration and symptoms of a girl’s cycle help to assess the health of her reproductive system, if the ovaries are working correctly, or if there is a problem such as ovarian cysts.