5:41 pm - 07/08/2012

can I delay my period or make it come sooner?

Hey, so I'm planning on going to my boyfriends cottage this coming weekend- the exact day my period is due. Seeing as that will entirely suck the fun out of my weekend is there anything I can do to make it come before then or maybe delay it by a week?

I am not currently on BC (I stopped taking it because I've been going on a lot of long flights this summer which my my mom convinced me my BC would lead to fatal blood clots- true/false?) but I do have a pack that I could use.

Would that work/be bad for me if I started taking them the week my period is due? Any other suggestions?

Thanks!
sabishii_kirito 8th-Jul-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
It might be too late for you to finish your period by then, but parsley tea can induce periods. I personally have only used it when I've been a week or more late, but it's worked within 48 hours. I think you have to have ovulated for it to work, but don't quote me on that.
shark_o_saurus 8th-Jul-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
1. If I was you -- assuming I was otherwise not at a high risk for blood clots -- I wouldn't be concerned about flying and being on birth control. And even then, I don't know anything about how flying changes your risk.

2. As for delaying your period, I'd say it depends on your body. Your best bet is probably to start taking your pills and continue taking them at least through the weekend; however, everyone's body is different, and you may experience spotting during the weekend anyway.
kat144 9th-Jul-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Seconded on #1. Unless your mother is a medical professional, I'd ask your doctor about it, not her. (I love my mum dearly and she's pretty smart, even on medical stuff, and gives good advice, but it sounds like something she'd worry about too [she is SUCH a worrywart] and if she'd told me this I'd run it by my doctor...)
okamikaze 8th-Jul-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know about your main question as I have a similar issue (although I am on BC), but I've been flying on trans-atlantic flights while on birth control for the past two and a half years. Unless your risk of blood clots is ridiculously high normally, I wouldn't worry about it.
aestheticpassio 8th-Jul-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I second this commentor. I fly every week and have been trans-pacific quite a bit and unless you are already high-risk it isn't anything to worry about. People do it all the time. Plus, I'd think they would warn people if that were truly an issue.
timeprojectile 8th-Jul-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
I was told to start my birth control pills, when I started them, the first day of my period, and it did seem to help reduce the flow, at the expense of screwing up the whole rest of the month and causing random spotting. So I'd recommend tampons or, better yet, a Diva cup instead of going on the pills. Diva cups are expensive and a bit uncomfortable, but amazingly effective. I swam with one during a period at the end of the summer and didn't have any problem with leakage. I did get leakage from tampons, but that was probably a problem of the first half hour of use when they hadn't yet expanded by absorbing enough fluid to properly block me up. It may also have been a problem of having already had some heavy flow before I put the tampon in, which the tampon then couldn't catch. So whichever internal protection you use, it's probably better to put it in at least a half hour before swimming.

And unless you're at unusually high risk of cardiovascular disease, I wouldn't worry about flying on the Pill. Pregnant women have something like a 3 times worse risk of blood clots than Pill users (although they're still quite rare), yet they don't tell pregnant women not to fly unless maybe they're just about due to give birth or they're suffering complications. They recommend aisle seats to those who are worried about blood clots, so they can get up and walk and get their blood flowing more often. An aisle seat user will at the very least have to get up when the person in the window seat or middle seat has to pee or get something out of their bag.

Edited at 2012-07-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
futurenurselady 8th-Jul-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe the Instead cup as a less expensive alternative to the Diva, since she's only using it for one weekend?

http://www.softcup.com/
timeprojectile 8th-Jul-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that could work too...although I think I remember trying one and it leaking, like the fluid was not being caught in the cup part and was just trickling out the back side. I may not have been using it right, though, since I knew someone once who used them and loved them.
chamilet 11th-Jul-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Take that puppy out in the shower is all I'll say!
indierock4ever 9th-Jul-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I've never used BC but whenever I have something planned for a certain day and I know my period is scheduled to happen on that day, I can push my period back anywhere from 1-3 days. I do this by drinking lemon juice starting a couple days before my period is about to happen. This sounds kind of amateur but it works for me ...I basically drink the juice from a lemon or two per day and that delays the start of my period.
drownophelia 9th-Jul-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
I recently made my period come a few days early (and finish up quickly) by using Emergen-C (vitamin c "overdoses" can induce your period). I started several days before my period was set to start, with one dose, took three doses the next day, which brought on my period, took another dose the third day and by the end of day four, my period was down to light spotting.
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