You might want to change your menstrual cycle for a variety of reasons. For one, certain events or occasions might be important enough that you won’t want your period to coincide with them. Secondly, you might be concerned about getting pregnant, and changing your menstrual cycle can heavily influence that.
Birth control pills are one way by which you can change your menstrual cycle and regulate your period. Oral contraceptives provide different levels of hormones in the body, and so your usual menstrual cycle might be disrupted.
- Before taking in any pills or drugs, consult with your medical practitioner. Visit your gynecologist to ask about contraceptive pills. You will first need to undergo an examination by your OB GYN, to determine if you are healthy enough, and that you don’t have any underlying condition that will preclude taking pills.
- After your doctor checks you up, she will then prescribe pills that you can take for contraception.
- Purchase the prescribed pills, and be sure to read your doctor’s instructions. These are usually taken in once a day, although you might have a different schedule.
- Normally, you will be taking the contraceptive pills during certain days. Then, you will have to switch to placebo pills for some period of time. During this time, you will have your period.
- You can start taking the contraceptive pills again, as prescribed by your doctor. During your second month of taking the oral contraceptive pills, take the pill during the week you would usually have your period. During this time, you will not have your period.
- Watch out for bleeding or spotting. Oral contraceptive pills sometimes have side effects, which will include bleeding, spotting, headaches, and the like. These are essentially artificial hormones introduced into the body, and can therefore cause your natural hormone levels to become erratic at first. You can give it a couple of months of testing, as this is usually the time at which the body adjusts to hormone therapy.
- Contraceptive pills are not guaranteed to completely stop your menstrual period. Additionally, these are only one way by which you can change or control your menstruation. Do check with your doctor about your other options for doing so.
Your menstrual cycle is a function of a lot of things. For one, there’s the biological reason behind it. The lining of the uterus usually gets renewed every 28 days, and so the old lining must be expelled during that time. However, there are other influencing factors to menstruation. For example, intense physical activity—such as what athletes regularly undergo—will sometimes stop your menstrual cycle. In some cases, being close to another woman (such as a family member, roommate or friend) will have more or less synchronized menstrual cycles.
For best results, do consult with your OB GYN or even your general practitioner. They will know best whether to prescribe the pill to you. They will also be able to give other advice and suggestions on how you can change your menstrual cycle.