When it comes to your period, sometimes you just want to get it over with and move on.
Although having periods may seem crazy to some, there are many valid reasons to have them. Maybe you have a big vacation coming up and don’t want to worry about tampons all day when you’re in town, or maybe you don’t want to be moody and irritable on a first appointment.
Whatever your reason, it’s possible to make Mother Nature come sooner, but learning how to get your period coming sooner isn’t a surefire process.
There are all sorts of benefits to being able to control when you have your period. For example, some methods allow you to control your cycle and decide when you have time for the discomfort of menstruation. Plus, getting to know your body in this way brings peace of mind and is relaxing.
If you know when you need your period, you’re more likely to know when something’s wrong (ie if you’re pregnant or have another health condition).
What triggers the onset of a period is the corpus luteum which breaks down once it realizes that there are no sperm to fertilize the egg during ovulation. This causes your estrogen and progesterone levels to drop, causing your menstrual cycle to start. The sooner this happens, the sooner you will get your period.
The reason exercise and other forms of relaxation can trigger your period is because your hormone levels can change, which can interfere with your menstrual cycle buildup and shedding of your uterine lining.
There’s no way you’ll get your period right away, but there are things you can physically do to get it to come earlier than your usual period.
Important note: Whichever method you choose to induce your period, it is essential that you see your OB/GYN, talk to your doctor, or seek medical attention if you experience nausea or vomiting, severe pain, unusually heavy bleeding that lasts for several days, or fever.
Reasons you might want to induce your period
1. Irregular rules
Some women have irregular periods and are looking for a way to get a regular cycle back. Unfortunately, it is very difficult not to have periods; after all, it’s part of being a woman.
Some women on the pill will end up having spotting if they don’t allow themselves to have a little “period” (or, more accurately, if you’re on the pill, withdrawal bleeding) every few blisters.
Late or irregular periods can also be caused by issues unrelated to illness, such as stress, extreme exercise, age, birth control, or perimenopause. But it can also be due to a medical condition known as amenorrhea. Amenorrhea can be caused by medications, pregnancy, and after stopping birth control.
Other causes of irregular or delayed periods include PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, pituitary gland problems, or Asherman’s syndrome.
Most women will get their period at a pretty inconvenient time, whether it’s just before going on vacation or they have big plans, plan to swim and don’t want to worry about tampons, or at a time when they just don’t want to worry about bleeding through their pants – like on a wedding day, for example.
This may cause women to try methods to induce their periods beforehand so they don’t interfere.
3. Other medical conditions
There are other reasons why menstruation may be late or why women would want to induce their period.
This includes low body weight or obesity, thyroid problems, reproductive health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or chronic conditions like diabetes and chronic disease. celiac.
Possible risks of trying to induce your period to watch
1. Accidentally ending a pregnancy
Before trying to induce your period, be sure to take a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant.
The use of emmenagogues or herbs that induce a period – including mugwort, rue, safflower, yarrow, tansy, angelica, wormwood and others – is also called abortifacientsmeaning they will cause miscarriage.
When using herbs to trigger a period, there are additional risk factors to keep in mind. Because herbal supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)you may not know exactly what you are ingesting, especially if you purchased it from an unknown supplier.
The use of herbs can unfortunately lead to allergies or, in other cases, serious health problems. Be sure to pay close attention to the quality of the herbs you purchase and whether or not they have been verified by a third party, such as the USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program or ConsumerLab.
3. Health issues
Going on birth control for the sole purpose of starting a period has its own set of side effects. Some birth control side effects include depression, nausea, cramps, acne breakouts, urinary tract infections, vaginal burning or itching, and abnormal bleeding.
Birth control also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and even cancer. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting birth control so they can determine which one is right for you.
No one is judging you if you want to get your period sooner so you can get it over with.
Perhaps you know your body well enough to know that within a week or so you will have your period, regardless of your choice of hormonal contraceptives or birth control method.
But if you are wondering how to induce menstruation in a day, there are some methods you can try.
How to trigger your period and help you control your menstrual cycle
1. Get a prescription for birth control pills.
Birth control pills are probably the most effective way to take control of your cycle and decide when to get your period.
If you go to the doctor for a menstrual problem, this will probably be the first thing they mention about controlling your cycle. Plus, this method can make your period lighter and cramps much more tolerable.
However, to effectively control pregnancy (and your cycle), you must be very committed to taking the active pills when prescribed. Even just taking it an hour late can lead to spotting or pregnancy, depending on the pill.
Taking too many packets in a row can lead to unpredictable bleeding. Be sure to get to know your body and the pill once you’ve started so you know how it affects you and whether or not it’s the right choice for your body.
Everyone is different and you may need to do some trial and error before you find the routine that works best for your cycle.
2. Take a warm bath and use a heating pad.
Warming up your body (especially your abdomen) by taking a hot bath for 20 to 30 minutes, preferably on several days in a row, or by using a heating pad to start your period by placing it on your lower abdomen can be effective .
There’s no scientific evidence as to why it works, but it seems like a pretty universal way to help get things done. It is believed that the heat relaxes the muscles in the abdomen and pelvic region, allowing the uterus to have good blood circulation to start the process of menstruation.
Whatever the reason, heat things up to kickstart that menstrual cycle.
3. Get up and do light exercise.
Another unexplained way to start your period is through exercise. This is likely due to the blood flow and muscle contractions that come with simple exercises.
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Keep in mind that exercising too intensely can have the opposite effect, but exercising slightly more intensely than you’re used to can get your blood flowing, reduce stress, and possibly even trigger your period.
Perhaps consider yoga that targets blood flow to the pelvic region for an extra boost, or meditation. But if your period doesn’t come even after doing these things, be aware that menstrual cycles won’t always happen on the same day every month.
4. Have sex.
For those of us who tend to have a little trouble with periods, sex is an easy (and, let’s be honest, fun) way to prepare for your period.
Sex promotes good blood flow to the genitals, and contractions from sexual activity can trigger the uterus to start shedding its lining. Plus, sex makes cramps a lot less painful for a lot of women, so it’s basically a win-win.
5. Eat carotene and foods rich in vitamin C.
The dietary recommendations for the onset of menstruation are most likely due to the fact that a healthy weight is essential to maintaining a regular menstrual cycle. Being too thin or carrying too much weight can interfere with your body’s ability to maintain a regular cycle.
However, foods like papaya, oranges, carrots, spinach, and pineapple are rich in vitamin C or carotene, which have been linked to the onset of menstruation.
It is believed that vitamin C increase estrogen production, which can thicken the lining of the uterus, making menstruation more likely to occur. Carotene is thought to have a similar effect, making papaya one of the best fruits to eat for inducing menstruation.
What do you eat if your period does not come? There are actually certain foods and vitamins that will help you get your period faster. These include foods or drinks containing vitamin C, including pineapple, ginger, parsley, and turmeric.
6. Drink herbal tea.
It has been hypothesized that certain teas (and their consumption up to twice a day) can stimulate the onset of menstruation, particularly parsley tea. Apparently parsley has been used to induce menstruation “for centuries”.
Although parsley tea is most likely to help, any tea that relaxes you and warms your belly will be helpful in starting menstruation, especially dong quai black cohosh tea.
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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer whose work has appeared in FINE Magazine, New York Gal Magazine, and more. Currently, she works as a freelance writer for Mighty Scribes.