Many women delay their periods for a variety of reasons, and if you are already doing so or thinking about postponing your period, then you may be curious about the risks. Anytime you mess with the natural processes of your body, there is a risk that you will cause medical problems for yourself, and we want to discuss what those may be when it comes to period delays.
Why You Would Delay Your Period
Why do women try to push their period back or even try to skip over their period entirely? There are lots of circumstances where having a period at a later time can be beneficial and convenient, and we want to explore some of those. Your reason for delaying your period is likely among them.
Periods are often uncomfortable and unpleasant, and it makes sense that there may be certain occasions when it simply arrives at an inconvenient time for a woman. They may have other things going on in their life, and it might not be convenient for them to have a period right then. So, delaying their period is a good option, as it lets them get done what they need to do and reschedule their period for a more suitable time.
A woman may also decide to delay her period because of her sexual activity. It can put a halt to a romantic evening, and it may be more convenient to postpone the period until after the romantic escapades are over.
Periods can also come at bad times for women who swim or compete in other sports. Someone who has a competitive event coming up may need to postpone their period until the event is over. This allows them to stay on track with important things in their life and not have to worry about their period deciding their schedule for them.
Most women don’t delay their period regularly, but instead, choose special occasions to hold off on that part of their cycle. Whether it is a wedding, a weekend with friends or some other special event, there are lots of times where it is simply more convenient to put the period on hold and just resume it after the fun is over.
The Risks Involved
While it may seem like it’s a positive thing to be able to control your cycle, it’s not without potential drawbacks. While the vast majority of women will experience little to no side effects following the delay, some do experience the unfortunate downsides of changing the natural rhythm of their body. Let’s look at the risks now and see what kind of dangers you need to be aware of when you want to hold off on your period for a few days.
There are a few different ways to delay a period, and each of them comes with their own risks. Because the methods tend to be so different, we can’t just list blanket warnings and expect them to apply to everyone and every situation. The method you use to delay your period will determine what kind of risks are involved.
There is one general warning we can give, though, in regards to hormonal changes. Any attempt to delay a period will inevitably interfere with how the body’s hormones operate. Those hormones are responsible for pregnancy and your natural cycle, so diverting them from their intended purpose or changing their behavior can have repercussions. Hormonal changes can lead to problems like mood swings, emotional instability and potentially dangerous interactions with existing medical conditions. Generally, these are not severe problems, but they are ones that you need to be aware of.
Oral contraceptives are the most common way to delay a period. The side effects of taking a pill like that are nausea, breast tenderness, bloating, leg cramps, moodiness, headaches, changes in weight and blood clots. The most serious of these is blood clots, and you can help prevent that problem by engaging in regular physical activity.
Period delay pills like Norethisterone have the same side effects as oral contraceptives. The difference between these two types of pills is only in what they do for you and not how they affect you with side effects.
If you use a physical contraceptive device, such as a ring or patch, then your side effects should be the same as either of the pills you could use. They all operate on the same basic principles of controlling your hormonal activity.
While it won’t technically delay your period, using a Soft cup helps to cover the effects of a period, and you can only wear it for about 12 hours. The side effects are different with this, as you may have some irritation or itchiness, but will suffer no hormonal changes.
If you use natural methods of period delay, your results may vary. None of these methods have been proven to be effective, and the corresponding side effects depend on which natural method you use.
The effects of delaying your period should only be temporary. You should not suffer any long-term difficulties, but over the short term, you may find that when your period returns, there is more blood than usual or that there is bleeding between periods. Your period may also come back less severe than usual or more severe, depending on the individual. It should return to normal over time after you stop using any period delay measures.
Most people have very little to worry about when it comes to delaying their periods and the effects it will have on their body. If you have a serious medical condition, however, then you should consult with your doctor before using any medication, including a period delay pill or any other method to postpone your period.
If you experience severe side effects, such as ones not covered in this article, then contact your doctor immediately for medical advice.
If used correctly, however, period delay methods are generally safe and effective and should have no lasting effects on your body or your cycle. Be sure to follow your doctor’s or pharmacist’s advice exactly when using medication.