How to stop your PERIOD early

Here are some clinical tips to stop periods, if need be.

Flexible cup – The flexible cup is a soft cup inserted through the vagina and placed at the cervix face to collect the flow. This implies that it does not stop the period. Instead, the flow is prevented from coming out of the vagina. This flexible cup can be worn for as long as 12 hours and reused throughout the periods. It is, however, recommended to use a fresh cup every time rather than reusing the previous one.

The key advantage of using a flexible cup is that it does not cause any hormonal side effects. It can be used while travelling, swimming or even during sex. However, it is important to note if used during sex, these cups do not prevent pregnancy.

Contraceptives – This is considered as one of the best ways to stop periods. However, these contraceptive pills or injections should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor, depending on your body’s needs. Oral contraceptives (in the form of pills) are the simplest way to stop periods. Regular intake, as directed, will stop your periods. Once the intake is stopped, your cycle will return to normal.

It should be noted prolonged consumption of contraceptives can cause certain hormonal and physical side effects. Some common ones include hormonal imbalance, frequent headaches and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, make sure you consult your physician before you start with a contraceptive.

Medications – There are certain medicines that can reduce heavy bleeding, or even delay periods for a few days. These medicines should be started a few days before the due date of the menstrual cycle. As long as the medicine is consumed, the periods won’t occur. As soon as the consumption is stopped, menstrual cycle would begin the very next day.

These medications to stop periods can be used if you have to attend a wedding or go for a vacation. Again, it is best to take such medications only with the advice of your physician or gynaecologist.

Herbal remedies

In addition to these natural and clinical methods to control periods, there are also certain herbal ways to solve the menstrual period problem. These include herbs, like cinnamon, Lady’s Mantle (also called Alchemilla Vulgaris), Comfrey, Shepherd’s Purse (also called Capsella Bursa Pastoris), banana flowers, chaste tree, mustard seeds and raspberry tea.

All these herbs have time tested evidence of controlling periods for a few days. The extract of these herbs can be taken in the form of oil (a few drops only). You can also boil any of these herbs in water and drink the brew with honey for desired results.