How to start your menstrual period early

Written by erin carson
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While most women grow accustomed to their monthly menstrual cycles and cope regularly with any discomfort or inconvenience, it can be advantageous to control the timing of menstruation. Women might want their periods to begin early so that they can enjoy a vacation, a wedding or another important event without worrying about cramps or bleeding. By obtaining a prescription for birth control pills and carefully scheduling their use, you may be able to make your period come sooner than its regular pattern.

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Things you need

  • Birth control pills

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    Calculate your menstrual cycles and determine the dates you wish to start your period. Look over a calendar and pay close attention to the normal duration of your cycle. Record the date of your last menstrual cycle and other pertinent data so that you can show it to your doctor.

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    Make an appointment with your doctor to obtain a prescription for birth control pills. Since they carry strong potential side effects, such as mood swings, nausea, bloating and headaches, you need to make sure that taking this medication to schedule your menstrual cycle is the right choice for you.

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    Determine the time you want your period to come, and take the birth control pills according to that schedule. Depending on when you want the period to occur, you might need to skip some active pills during your cycle and take the placebo ones instead. You can also move your entire cycle up by a week by skipping the placebo pills and immediately starting a new pack of pills, a practice known as menstrual manipulation that the Mayo Clinic suggests is safe for most women.

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    Follow the basic steps for living a healthy lifestyle by eating well, avoiding stress and engaging in moderate exercise. According to the National Library of Medicine, stress can lead to delayed or absent periods, as can drastic changes to your diet. Exercising too strenuously or frequently can lead to a cessation of your periods known as amenorrhoea.

Tips and warnings

  • Dr. Leslie Miller of the site recommends beginning the birth control pill 6 months before the date you want to manipulate your cycles in order to minimise unexpected bleeding.
  • Consider using continuous birth control pills such as Seasonale or Seasonique in which you only get your period three to four times a year; this regimen will allow you to easily schedule your menstruation.
  • If you fail to menstruate for more than three months in a row, seek a doctor's advice. After ruling out pregnancy, he might want to use hormone therapy to help regulate your menstrual cycles.

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