Refresh in your mind.
There is a plan that you have been waiting for a long time and you realize that your period will coincide with that plan. A thought crosses your mind. "Wouldn't it be great if I could only delay my period for a few days?" It's not a fantasy either. There is a way to delay your period (a little).
There are many questions in the minds about delaying periods.
Although the menstrual cycle is a normal and healthy part of life, different ways are used to delay menstruation at some exceptional times. The questions are simple: Is it possible to delay with medical drugs or herbal methods? What are the side effects? Delaying your menstrual cycle is safe and effective when you manage the process with appropriate medical advice. Here's what you need to know about delaying your period and how you can do it safely, according to reproductive health experts. However, we recommend that you always consult your doctor before using it, since you are hormonal loading with retarding drugs.
How do period delay drugs work?
Menstrual delay medications, available in pill and tablet form, simply contain synthetic hormones that mimic progesterone (one of the main hormones that control menstrual activity). During the menstrual cycle, the level of progesterone ( the hormone that prepares the body for pregnancy) in the body decreases, causing the lining tissue that thickens in the inner wall of the uterus to shed by bleeding. When delay medication is used, progesterone levels are kept high and menstruation does not start. So, quite cleverly, your body is tricked into thinking you're pregnant, preventing the thickened inner wall lining from shedding to hold the baby. But an important footnote: These drugs do not prevent pregnancy. If you are using a period delayer and do not want to get pregnant, you still need to be protected.
When should retarders be used?
Experts say that these drugs should be started 3 days before the expected menstrual day . They add that there is no harm in using the drug for two weeks and that your period will be delayed during the period of using the drug, and if your progesterone levels drop two or three days after you stop taking the drug, your period will start. You can mark the day it starts as a new cycle start. In addition, it should be noted that there is not enough scientific data to support the validity of natural remedies such as cinnamon, parsley tea, rosemary, which are often mentioned in the media as natural menstrual delays.
Using a menstrual delay should not be made a habit.
Now let's talk some science. Using these drugs should not be made a habit. The harmony of hormones in your body is the most important element that shapes the regularity of the menstrual cycle. Side effects of the drugs used on the recommendation of the doctor have not been detected; however, it is known that indiscriminately used retarder drugs are risky in terms of side effects. It is more correct to use it with the recommendation and permission of the doctor after the intrauterine structure and tissue of the person is checked.
What are the Side Effects?
- Irregular vaginal discharge
- breast tenderness
- Change in menstrual cycle
- mood changes
When do menstrual delay drugs not work?
Medicines can show their effects in any situation where they are generally used. If the drugs are started to be used later than the specified time, then menstrual delay may not occur. Especially in individuals with a high body mass index, the dose of the drug may be insufficient and the possibility of failure of the application may increase.
Experts say that taking alcohol with these drugs has no scientific side effects, but it may be better not to consume alcohol within a few hours of using the drug in order to avoid risk.
People Who Should Not Use Period Delaying Drugs
We mentioned above that menstrual delayers contain the hormone progesterone. Patients for whom the use of this drug is not appropriate are as follows;
- Liver tumor patients
- breast cancer patients
- Patients who had jaundice during pregnancy
- Patients with severe vascular disease
- Patients who are or may be pregnant
- Breastfeeding people
- Patients with abnormal vaginal bleeding not evaluated by a gynecologist
- Patients suffering from angina, heart attack or stroke as a result of clots
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