Delaying Your Period

Delaying your period may be of great short-term value to you. It might allow you to have a stress-free time on holiday or with your family on a special occasion or with your partner on a romantic weekend away. On the other hand, you must consider the long term consequences of delaying your period because they may affect you in a negative way.

What are the consequences of choosing to delay your period?

Unfortunately, there will be consequences of choosing to delay your period. However, it does not necessarily mean that it is negative. The obvious consequence of delaying your period is that you will not have your period for a specific amount of time, until you have passed the event or specific time when you did not want your period.

There are few other consequences when you actively decide to delay your period which can happen after your time of delay. A possible consequence is that your blood flow may be heavier when you start your period again, however, this should not be a big difference and it is no cause for concern.

There are also possible side effects from delaying your period which include: migraines, stomach cramps, less sex drive, bloating and aching body parts, e.g. your breasts. Although these can occur, they should not be too painful and should not last for a long period of time. However, if the problems sustain and are very painful, you should consult a medical professional immediately.

Does this mean that it is safe?

Apart from the above side effects, no other negative effects have been associated with period delay. Period delay should be safe, as long as you are sensible about delaying your period, e.g. doing it sporadically, and you have consulted your doctor about what you are about to do.

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