If you could get along without bleeding from your vagina every month, you should know that there may be ways to stop the birth control period . "There is no medical reason why you need a monthly period," says Lauren Streicher Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "You can suppress your period for years without any problem."
Sure, some people consider a period as a monthly confirmation that they are not pregnant, or as a connection to their body. But if that's not you and you just want to end your period, the good news is that birth control may help you.
First, let's look at how your period usually works when you are not in birth control
During your menstrual cycle your uterus builds a lining of blood and nutrients to nourish a fetus in case you get pregnant. If you do not become pregnant during this cycle, your body rejects this feed at a time called your period. You may already know that, but the exact path is quite intriguing and forms the basis for skipping the monthly tantrum of your uterus.
During your period, your pituitary gland makes more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). which causes follicles (fluid-filled pockets) to develop on the ovaries. Each of these follicles contains an egg. When your period ends, one of these follicles continues to grow while the others are absorbed into your ovaries. This maturing follicle releases the hormone estrogen, which makes the lining of the uterus thicker.
At this time, the estrogen level is at a peak and there is an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH) that prepares the follicle for the release of the egg in it for possible fertilization. When this happens in the middle of your cycle, it is referred to as Ovulation . After ovulation, the follicle then produces the hormone progesterone to thicken the uterine lining and stabilize.
If you do not get pregnant, the egg breaks apart and your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. As a result, you lose your uterine lining, have your period and start the cycle from scratch.
But OK, it's actually possible to stop your period with birth control.
Listen to us, because there are several ways to do this. First, you want to talk with your doctor about your period, your overall health, and your ability to skip your period. There are a few things you could suggest:
Some methods of preventing births are more likely to give you a non-existent or barely-existing period of time.
The hormonal IUD
The hormonal IUD is a little T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. Hormonal IUDs contain progestin, which acts locally to thicken the cervical mucus and reduce the endometrium. (Hormonal IUDs sometimes also suppress ovulation, but that's not a safe bet.) For some people, this results in so little uterine lining that their period just goes through and disappears. Since you can store hormonal IUDs for three to five years (19459004), the exact number depends on the type (19459030). This can mean whole years in which you do not get a period.
Here's the thing: It's not guaranteed that a period with an IUD or implant will be achieved. Taraneh Shirazian, MD, an Ob / Gyn from NYU Langone Health, tells the SELF that it depends entirely on the person. If you tend to be lighter and shorter if you are not under hormonal birth control, you are more likely to have no bleeding in a hormonal IUD, she says. "But if you have strong periods, this is less reliable," she adds.
If you are interested in an IUD that may be aborting your period, tell your doctor. You can recommend an IUD with a higher hormone level . In both cases, you may experience spotting when you first receive a hormonal IUD. This usually decreases after a few months but may be annoying in the meantime.
The Contraceptive Implant
This contraceptive method (sold under the name Nexplanon ) resembles an IUD in that secretes progestin. However, there are some significant differences.
Nexplanon is a rod size that is implanted into your upper arm according to the Mayo Clinic . As with hormonal IUDs, progestin in this contraceptive acts to thicken your throat mucus, restrict the lining of the womb, and possibly suppress ovulation. As a byproduct of the action of progestin on the uterine lining, your period may decrease or disappear. You can keep Nexplanon in the Mayo Clinic for up to three years, which is a fixed amount of time so you do not have to worry about a period. But again, there is no guarantee that your period will subside completely. Therefore, talk to your doctor first.
As with many other items on this list, breakthrough bleeding may occur . with Nexplanon. Unfortunately, basically everything has disadvantages for some professionals.
Depo-Provera, also called a shot, is the brand name for medroxyprogesterone acetate, a form of progestin, the Mayo Clinic . says. It is delivered every three months by injection (usually in your arm or piston ). Depo-Provera works against ovulation and thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the eggs.
This high dose of progestin may prevent the growth of your uterine lining over an extended period Mayo Clinic . The result: "Many women do not have time on Depo-Provera," says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Yale Medical School, to SELF.
. It is quite possible to get your period on Depo-Provera. You may not receive Breakthrough Bleeding as a farewell gift for one or several months before your period disappears. It's basically just about how your body handles it.
Other birth control methods can be used to skip your period – as long as you get the consent of your doctor.
Combination hormone Birth control pills 19659027] Combined hormonal birth control pills use estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone) to prevent pregnancy. The estrogen suppresses ovulation, and the progestin thickens your cervical mucus (good luck for the sperm trying to get through) and dilutes the uterine lining. "A fertilized egg can only be implanted into the uterine cavity if the tissue is well supplied with blood," says Jonathan Schaffir, a doctor at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, opposite the SELF. "If someone is not trying to get pregnant, it is not necessary for the food to become thick and vascular."
The most common combination pills have monthly packs of 21 hormone pills and seven placebo pills, Mayo Clinic . Usually you get your "period" when you take the placebo pills. This is actually a withdrawal bleeding that occurs when you stop taking the hormonal pills, says dr. Minkin. This withdrawal bleeding basically mimics what happens naturally in your body if you do not become pregnant during a particular cycle, explains Dr. Minkin.
If you do not want to have your period, you may be hormonal. Streicher says the pills run continuously without placebo days, although this depends on the type of pill you are taking. While physicians generally agree that this is okay, it should be noted that this differs from the prescribing information. So if you are interested in taking the pills you are taking, you should first have a conversation with your doctor to make sure that there is no reason that they think you should not. For example, you can not just manipulate your period with progestin birth control pills because there is no placebo week. If you take them at the same time every day, this is central to not getting pregnant.
If you regularly skip your placebo week, you should ask your doctor for a longer birth control pill, such as Seasonique or Seasonale both of which are for a three-month period only are.
If you opt for omitting placebo pills with a 28-day pack or taking long-term birth control pills, you should be aware of this Breakthrough bleeding (if you bleed outside of your period) may happen You're trying for the first time to skip your period, Dr. Shirazian to SELF. "It's not an exact science," she says. "Some women will still feel." However, she should settle down over time, she says.
The vaginal ring
The vaginal ring or NuvaRing, is a round piece of flexible plastic They fit into your vagina, according to the Mayo Clinic . It works in the same way as combined hormonal birth control pills, except for the total daily pill intake: it uses progestin and estrogen to suppress ovulation, thicken the cervical mucus, and dilute the lining of the womb.
NuvaRing was developed and left in the vagina for three weeks and then removed for a week. At this time, you usually have your period. If you want to skip this bloody Rigamarole, you can theoretically remove the old ring at the end of the third week and start using a new one instead of being ring-free for seven days, Dr. Minkin.
Again You should talk to your doctor first, as this is different from the prescribing information. You should make sure they are there. And just like with birth control pills, trying to end your period with NuvaRing can lead to breakthrough bleeding.
Like the Ring and Pill birth control patch (under the name Xulane) delivers progestin and estrogen to your body to prevent pregnancy. It's a small, sticky square you wear on your butt, upper arm, stomach or back, says the Mayo Clinic so you can absorb the hormones through your skin.
To use this birth control method as indicated, apply a patch and wear it for 21 days before throwing it away and remaining patch-free for seven days (when you get your period). If you have decided to skip your period, you would remove the old patch and immediately start a new one, Dr. Shirazian. But you want to talk to your doctor first, and there is also the possibility that you may be dealing with breakthrough bleeding that you wish to move at least on a specific schedule. (See where we're going with it?)
If you're tired of your period, talk to your doctor about the options available to you.
Do not wait until you want to quit your period for a specific time window, such as for a wedding or a vacation. "Try to give yourself some lead time – if you can take three months, that's better than the month before," says Dr. Shirazian. "The longer you try to stop your period, the more likely it is that you will not get any bleeding."