Delaying Your Period
Is there any way I could delay my period?
Since a woman's menstrual cycle is controlled by her hormones,
any alterations in their levels can influence when her period arrives.
That's why factors such as stress can either speed up or delay her
schedule, since they can change the production or secretion of
hormones in the body.
Unless a woman is a sucker for massive amounts of physical or
emotional stress, which isn't really a sure way to alter her cycle
anyway, she will have to resort to an artificial hormone schedule in
order to change when her period arrives. How does one do this?
Birth control pills. These pills are given in a monthly cycle, and
during one week of it, she either takes a sugar pill or none at all -
that's when she menstruates. Generally, the Pill is started on the
first day after a woman's menstruation so that the artificial
hormones are in synch with her normal hormonal fluctuations. In
order to delay her period, however, she may want to start the
dosage of pills differently so that her period will fall at a different
Of course, like most things that initially sound simple, there are a
few catches. For one, if a woman wants to change when her period
arrives by using birth control pills, she'll have to plan really far in
advance. If starting the pack of pills off cycle, the first month will
tend to cause some spotting and break-through bleeding
throughout the cycle, which really defeats the purpose of delaying
the period. Instead, she will have to start on them a few months
before she needs the effect for those side effects to disappear.
Furthermore, it may not be a good idea to just start on the Pill
mid-cycle in order to alter when her period will come. Picture trying
to get off of a merry-go-round. It is much easier to make that hop to
the solid ground when the ride is going slower rather than faster. If
that merry-go-round is moving quickly, the transition from that
motion to the earth can be rather jarring - and unpleasant. The
same thing goes for artificial hormones: if their introduction to the
body matches a woman's normal fluctuations, the transition is
much smoother than a sudden, random jolt. Doctors, for the most
part, will not help you out with this. They will tell you to use the Pills
as normally directed. For these reasons, she may want to consider
whether it is really worth the planning and potential unpleasant side
effects that go along with her attempt to change the arrival of her
period, rather than just tucking a few extra items into her suit case.