(Closed) Anyone take a pill to delay their period for the wedding? NOT BC pill…

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
1210 posts
Bumble bee

@Barbiestylez:  You can take birth control for just a short period of time (days to weeks).

Post # 18
9080 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Norethindrone is a birth control, it functions like birth control. It’s often used to treat endometriosis and will stop a period just like any other birth control. I don’t see why it would work better or worse than any other pill. Sure, taking it for a few days won’t function as a contraceptive, but that’s what the drug is. It’s primarily a contraceptive. So if you want to stop your period for a few days, why not just get prescribed one month of BC?


Post # 19
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@MrsBuesleBee:  not to thread jack, but I wish I’d known about this when I spotted for 2 months after getting an IUD. 

Post # 20
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Barbiestylez:  I had heard that starting to take ibuprofen a few days before a period can make it much, much lighter. I always meant to try this but would forget or not really know when my period was coming. Anyway, one time I sprained my ankle a few days before my period and started taking Advil every couple of hours for the swelling- and my period was super light, it was awesome, it totally worked. I always meant to try it again but never did (the first two to three days of my period were really heavy). Anyways, you have to start about 3 days before and need to be taking the ibuprofen every couple hours- just a pill here and there won’t do anything. Good luck!

PS I started my period two days after our wedding and I just used Soft Cups for the first part of our honeymoon. Not ideal but good enough!

Post # 21
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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@KatB442:  oh I sympathize! I researched a bunch because I got so fed up! 

Post # 22
2452 posts
Buzzing bee

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@Barbiestylez:  Norethisterone is a man-made steroid hormone from the progestogen family (progesterone is the most common naturally occuring human progestogen), and as such it can be an ingredient in progestogen-only birth control pills or combination birth control pills. I would think that taking it would be no better or worse for you than taking birth control pills. The only difference, I think, is the fact that you’d be taking this for a few days and not long-term.

I doubt that taking it for a few days is going to have a significant effect on you. I’m sure this depends somewhat on the person–for ex. if you’re really sensitive to hormonal changes, there may be an effect on your mood or libido, but I’m sure you’ll go back to normal after you stop taking it. Weight isn’t something that would change significantly in a few days.

The reason that the screenshot you posted said that norethisterone taken in that manner is not a contraceptive is not because it doesn’t have the chemical properties to be used as a contraceptive, but because the manner in which you would take it would be to just delay the period for a few days. 

Post # 23
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

All NSAIDs and sperm will have the same effect as progestogens and will lessen and possilble stop your period.  I use a prescription for naproxen and it works well for me.  It doesn’t stop it, but will make it lighter, and if I start before I’m due it’s almost nonexistant.  Unfortunately it hurts my stomach if I take it for more than a couple days.

Post # 24
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Barbiestylez:  I used to be on BC and then went off of it for a few years, but once we booked the date for our wedding and I calculated that my period would come the exact day, I called my gyno and she put me back on it to change the date it would come. Worked perfectly 🙂

Post # 25
2836 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Barbiestylez:  I had skipped a period the month before the wedding (not the norm for me)- and my DR offered to give me a pill that would GIVE me my period– so I could have it and be done with it.  I got the prescription (I was at the DR for another reason)– but the side effects looked gross, so I didn’t take it.

I almost wish I would have– I ended up being the most bloated I have ever been on my wedding day 🙁  I got my period the morning after LOL!!

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