There are limited research in controlling periods, however, some methods may work for some people. It can be quite inconveniencing when your period comes at a difficult time, it can affect your plans. A form of hormonal birth control can be used to plan when to have their periods or totally halt them.
How to make your period stop once it starts
Most women may wish to speed up their period for various reasons. This is particularly important to those who have irregular cycles, which make it difficult to plan ahead. There are no guaranteed ways to make a period stop, however some methods can increase the speed at which the menstrual blood leaves the uterus, which may shorten the period.
People can try the methods below for speeding up a period once it has started:
During exercise, the movement of the muscles may also help more uterine blood exit the body, possibly reducing the duration of a period. Exercise can also help relieve cramping in some people, though there is not much research on this claim.
Masturbation leads to orgasm which can stimulate contractions in the uterus, which may result in more menstrual blood exiting the body through the vagina. There is no logical proof to support this method, however there are no adverse side effects.
Not using tampons
Tampons soak up menstrual blood, however they may also block some menstrual flow from the vagina, which could prolong the duration of bleeding. Sanitary pads on the other hand should not hinder the menstrual flow, so some people feel that using them can help their period to end on time.
Stopping periods when using birth control
Women on combined contraceptive pill can plan their period to some extent because they know that it will come during the week that they are taking either the dummy pills or no pills.
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If they have started their placebo pills or pill break for the week and their period has commenced, they could start taking their next pack of pills. This will increase the level of hormones in their body, which may reduce the duration of bleeding.
Ways to stop periods long-term
People can halt their periods on long term basis by using hormonal birth control, a process referred to as “menstrual suppression.” Long-term methods for stopping your period include:
The combined pill
Combined birth control pills contain estrogen and progestin, which can help to suppress ovulation and thin the lining of the uterus. People take active pills for 3 weeks and then either placebo pills or no pills for 1 week, during which they will get their period. You can skip the placebo or pill-free week and start a new pack instead. This should prevent a period from occurring in the long run.
According to estimates, this method works up to 80 percent of the time.
There are also some prescription pills available that offers people a period every 3 months. People can discuss this option with their doctor.
Intrauterine devices (IUD)
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a contraception that is inserted into the uterus through the cervix. A hormonal or non-hormonal IUD can be used. An IUD is a long-term contraceptive solution that will need replacing after 3–10 years, depending on the type and brand. Early removal of the device is possible for people who want to become pregnant.
The DMPA shot, also called Depo-Provera, is an injection of progestin that doctors administer under either under the skin or into the muscle. This medication hinders the menstrual cycle. After about 1 year of getting injections every 3 months, an estimated 70 percent of women do not get their periods.
A contraceptive implant is a small device placed just below the skin in a person’s arm. The implant contain helps inhibit ovulation and prevent follicle development, resulting in fewer or absent periods.
Is it safe to stop your period in the long term?
There is yet no prove that skipping periods using birth control is harmful to health, according to the National Women’s Health Network.
However, there are some possible side effects of taking certain types of hormonal birth control over many years. The sustained use of birth control may increase a person’s risk of certain kinds of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.