Home remedies are an effective way to delay periods naturally.It has no side effects and safe to use.

My sister got married last November and just the night before her big day; she got her period. Not only was she utterly upset, but the physical and mental stress were also so much for her that at one point, she fell unconscious.

The whole time she was in pain and could not even enjoy her wedding. This made me cautious about these situations, and I started thinking about ways by which one could manipulate one’s menstrual cycle.

It becomes more vital to be aware of these methods as women are often in places or jobs which demand more work and less rest.

Is It Safe To Alter The Cycle?

One of the most common fear women faces, whether it is safe to delay the periods. Periods are the symbol of fertility, and nobody wants to have long term side effects on health or their ability to get pregnant for one alteration. Taking a pill called Norethisterone is a very ordinary regime for numerous women.

Although it is a prescription-only medicine, it is very effective as it can postpone your period by up to seventeen days. Another common practice is relying on birth control pills.

A traditional pack of contraceptive pills contains twenty-eight tablets, out of which twenty-one are active and the remaining seven are inactive. Women skip the seven inactive pills and jump to the next pack so as to avoid residual bleeding.

These two of the many other pill-related methods have led to this belief that delaying your period is against nature. To play safe, many women choose to have their period on time instead and suffer massive physical and mental discomfort. What if, however, you are on a holiday and want to go for a swim?

What Is Menstruation

What Is Menstruation?

Will you still prefer having your menstrual cycle on time? No need to worry. There are some natural ways to push back your date and cherish those moments of a much-needed break.

Even though it is not the best idea to interfere with nature’s way, you can lessen the risks of having side-effects by employing natural methods.

What Triggers A Delay or Advance?

Many of us are not entirely aware of how external and internal factors can affect a process as natural as menstruation. Any change in lifestyle can influence your dates.

This includes moving to a new place (different kind of water), a new daily routine (change in a shift at a job and thus, different sleep timing) and tension.

No matter what, you should avoid being stressed out. Mental exhaustion and unhappiness induce a psychological impact which in turn, creates an imbalance in the menstrual cycle.Apart from these reasons, a new diet, hormonal

Apart from these reasons, a new diet, hormonal changes, increase or decrease in sexual activity can also cause a shift in your dates. As far as your diet is concerned, there are certain ingredients which postpone or prepone your cycle.

Any food which has properties like those of heat tends to pace up blood circulation and consequently induces your period early. Similarly, cold foods slow down your blood flow and push back the cycle.

What Can You Do To Delay Your Period?

In an age of DIY (Do It Yourself) culture, it is convenient to make some amends in your routine and lifestyle to achieve this. Typically, women just pop a pill to get rid of their periods. But since it can severely hamper your reproductive system and health, here are a few tips by which you can control your cycle in your favor.

  • Increase or Start Exercising

This is one way of great importance. Vigorously exercising (like aerobics or playing a team sport) for around half an hour a day yields useful results in delaying periods.

Be sure, however, to not put too much strain on your body. Different people have different capacities to bear physical toil.

Keep in mind that exponential rise in physical movements can cause an ache in your muscles.

Therefore, a safe thing to do while adopting this method is to start some stretching before actually exercising heavily. If you already exercise, you can try gradually to prolong the duration of your workout regime.

Increase or Start Exercising
Increase or Start Exercising

With this increase in physical exercise, you should also keep in mind that you will have to eat more, to make up for the lost calories. There are no precise criteria to test this method’s validity so don’t worry if it is not producing results.

Even if it is not, you will habituate yourself to working out, which will have long-lasting health benefits and balance your menstrual cycle. Another advantage of exercising regularly is that it will cause less pain and cramps during periods, and the length of the period will be shorter.

  • Emotional or Mental Stress

When faced with scenarios of increased mental distress, one’s menstrual cycle is bound to alter. More often than not, this tension takes its toll on you by postponing your period. Of course, the recommendation of mental exhaustion or trauma would sound absurd.

Emotional or Mental Stress
Emotional or Mental Stress

What you could, however, do is indulge yourself in some tedious task which requires significant mental fatigue. Push yourself towards accomplishing something which asks for a lot of exertion. Since everyone has different reactions to these practices, prepare yourself for unfavorable results also.

Hormonal configurations of some women make their bodies respond in the opposite manner, and they end up getting their period early. In any case, opt for this route only when you have no alternative and you are in direct need of delaying your period.

Regardless of these external factors, it is your diet that affects your menstrual cycle the most. It is the safest way to alter your dates, and also a very convenient one. Keep in mind though that this will require some planning beforehand since it needs some prohibitions, and it may take a while to give you the alteration you are looking for.

  • Avoid Spicy Food

Avoid Spicy Food
Avoid Spicy Food

There are a lot of theories about spicy food and its impact on the menstrual cycle. There isn’t any concrete scientific proof to substantiate this relation.

Several personal accounts shared on social media have, however, contributed in establishing the assertion that spicy food, because of the heat in it, triggers periods.

Some of the condiments that make up the spice content in food like chilies, hot pepper, garlic, ginger, paprika and black pepper. If you want to push your date back, you should stay away from food which contains any of these.

  • Vinegar

Vinegar
Vinegar

Vinegar is an ingredient which can be found very easily in any kitchen. Apart from being an essential constituent of Chinese food, it is also an effective remedy for delaying your period.

In a glass of water, add 3-4 spoons of vinegar. Drink this mixture at least three or four times a day. Vinegar slows down the rate of your menstrual symptoms. So if you take the vinegar-water combination regularly, it will postpone your date and also reduce the flow.

  • Gram Lentils

Gram Lentils
Gram Lentils

Pulses are sources of high protein, and one of the most consumed pulses is the gram lentil. In addition to this, it is also a great substitute for any pill to put your period off for some days. Take some gram lentils, fry them till they become quite soft and then grind them well.

The resultant powder has to be used as the base for making soup. Just add warm water to it and blend the two consistently, devoid of any lumps. You should begin taking this soup at least seven days before the expected date of your next period. For best results, have it in the morning on an empty stomach.

  • Parsley Leaves

Parsley

Parsley leaves are rich in many nutrients, including Vitamins C, B12, K and A. Some of their benefits are that they keep the immune system in place and strengthen the nervous system and bones. They are also handy for getting rid of excess body fluids. Not many women are aware of their ability to keep the menstrual cycle in control.

When in a situation which may not allow room for the period and its accompanying strain, pick up some parsley leaves. Take a handful of the leaves, put them in 500mL water and bring it to a boil. Strain this water and add a little honey. Drink it while it is still warm. You should do it at least two or three times a day to postpone your cycle.

  • Gelatin

A substance made from the collagen found in the bones of animals, gelatine has multi-dimensional uses. While it is a great source of beauty enhancement like reducing wrinkles and stretch marks, it is also an effective remedy for removing excess estrogen from the body.

For its properties of tackling estrogen, gelatin can be used as a last minute resort for pushing back your period. Unlike the other mentioned things, gelatine can only be used during emergencies.

Take a standard size packet of gelatin, add warm water to it and make a uniform blend. Take it quickly and you can dodge your period for at least four to five hours. So if you feel like it is that day of the month, try this method and safely add some more hours.

  • Lemon

Lemon
Lemon

This is a very convenient and elementary trick. Lemon is a rich source of citric acid, and its acidic properties can be used to your benefit. You can chew or suck a lemon to make the period lighter or stop your flow.

It can also be taken along with water to achieve the same result. Even though it differs from woman to woman, lemon might cause some extra pain during your next period.

So it is best to be mentally prepared and take energy supplements the next time if you turn to lemon for postponing your period.

What Can You Do To Make Sure It Does Not Come Early?

A major factor in the alteration of dates is the kind of food you are eating. Even if you are following these above methods to delay your period, you may be unknowingly eating something which might induce an early period. These will include food with heat-like properties.

Some of these are turmeric tea, pineapple, papaya, sesame seeds, carrot, pomegranate juice, dates, jaggery, carom seeds, red meat and dark chocolate. If you are looking to prolong your cycle for some days, you can minimize the risk by avoiding these foods and ingredients.

What Can Be An Alternative?

In spite of adopting these remedies and cautions, there still might be a probability of you getting your period when you can not quite endure it. In such a scenario, the best thing to do is to find a way to lighten the flow, ease the pain and make it shorter. Some of these are:

  • Drink lots of water. Among the multitude of benefits of water is also its ability to reduce your flow. It flushes out toxins and menstrual blood out of the body faster.
  • Munch on fruits. This will give you energy and nutrients as well as lighten or even stop your period early. Either way, it’s good because you will be eating healthy.
  • Herbal remedies always come to the rescue, and there are some herbs which will help you in lessening the flow. These include shepherd’s purse, dried raspberry leaf tea, angelica root, garden sage and Lady mantle.
  • Exercising can again help you with your period problems. Even if you were unable to delay it through exercise, you could certainly get rid of your period quickly and with relative ease.
  • If nothing works, try massaging your uterus area. Not only will it relieve you of the painful menstrual cramps but also help push the period out of your body faster.
  • You can also put a heat pack over your abdominal area. This will give you two benefits. It will lessen the pain, and the heat will force the fluids out quicker.

Dealing with menstruation is not easy at all. It is a natural process which we are bound to run into every month for three decades or more. What you can do is employ these natural methods which may help you in bringing your dates to your convenience and make it less painful. Keep this as a backup and you may find it easier to take on periods.

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Dr. Ashish Paul is a qualified Ayurvedic physician and a Medical Herbalist, based at Harley Street, London.She uses western and eastern herbs and Ayurvedic therapies with her patients. Dr. Ashish consults a lot of couples on their journey of conception, whether its natural conception or via IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).