Delay a Period
Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which can provide assessment, advice and treatment for women who wish to delay a menstrual period
We will ask you some questions about your health, just as a doctor would in clinic. In most cases a video consultation is not required.
Once you’ve been assessed, treatment may be recommended- you can then opt to have a paper prescription sent to your home or local pharmacy, or medication delivered to an address of your choice, from one of our partner pharmacies.
About Delaying a Period
- Sometimes a menstrual period will be due at an inconvenient time- a special occasion, a holiday, a wedding or a university examination. It can be useful to delay the period by a few weeks, until the timing is more acceptable.
- If you’ve ever wondered how to stop your period, there are a few ways this can be achieved- a course of oral progesterone tablets is commonly used, though the contraceptive pill or long acting contraceptives can be used, if started well in advance.
Common Questions and Answers
No- skipping periods is quite safe. If you think about it, pregnant women don’t have a period for 9 months and women who breastfeed for a long time may go a few years without periods- with no negative health effects. The contraceptive pill and long acting contraceptives can be used on an ongoing basis to stop periods, where this is suitable. However, using a course of oral progesterone to delay a period is generally only advised for up to a few weeks at a time, as progesterone related side effects tend to develop with longer term use.
When a big event like a wedding or holiday crops up, and your period is due at the same time, it can be very frustrating- it may affect how you feel physically and mentally, what activities you can take part in, and what clothes you can wear. In such situations, women quite often come to their doctor to ask how to stop a period from occurring. So, what are the options and do they work? Well there are actually a few, depending on the circumstances, the time-frames involved, your preferences and medical history. The three main ways are a progesterone tablet that you just take for a few weeks, the combined oral contraceptive pill, or a long acting contraceptive option. The last two options obviously need to be arranged well in advance, whilst a progesterone tablet can be started just before the expected period.
The simple answer is no, none of these options affect future fertility- in most cases your ability to become pregnant returns the moment the medication is stopped or withdrawn. However, in the case of the long acting progesterone injection or “Depo injection”, it can take quite a few months for the effects to wear off, and the return to fertility can be delayed for a number of months.
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