How to Delay Period While on Vacation?

January 22,2022

Your period shouldn't get in the way of your travels. But between mood swings, cramps, bloating and obviously bleeding, your period is certainly something that you wouldn't want to take along with you on your holidays. The good news is that with a bit of forward planning, you can put your period off of your schedule until your vacation is over. Read on to know more.

How to delay your period to accommodate your travel plans? 

It is absolutely safe to delay your period to accommodate your travel plans. However, you need to plan it accordingly with plenty of notice. The process of delaying your period starts with ovulation. This is the time when the ovaries drop an egg in the hope of getting fertilised. When the egg doesn't get fertilised, your body sheds the egg and the uterine lining as your period. Most hormonal birth control pills stop the ovulation process. This means no egg is released, no chances of pregnancy and hence no period. Some of the ways to delay your period when on vacation include:

1. Combined Contraceptive Pill

Contraceptives are the most common method used to stop your period. A combination contraceptive pill has 21 days of hormones, usually progestin and ethinyl estradiol, and seven days of a placebo pill. If you are using a birth control pill to delay your period, take only the active pills and skip the placebo pills. Doing this for one cycle can delay your period by as much as another three weeks. However, make sure you're taking the pill every day at the same time to prevent spotting or breakthrough bleeding. 

2. Norethisterone 

This comes in the form of tablets, which you must take three days before your period is due. You have to take three tablets a day throughout the time you wish to delay the period. However, you can take these Norethisterone tablets for a maximum of 20 days. This will delay your periods by a maximum of 17 days. When you are ready to have your period, just stop taking Norethisterone. Your period will come 2 to 3 days later. Remember, Norethisterone is not a contraceptive, and it will not prevent pregnancy. 

3. Natural Alternatives 

Some of the natural methods to delay your period are consuming gelatin, gram lentils, apple cider, lemon juice, vinegar, or even green bean water a few days or a week before your period is due. Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) or yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is known to delay period as well. However, none of these methods is scientifically proven to work because they are not known to alter the hormones responsible for regulating your period.

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Travelling Tips During Your Period 

Traveling on your period can be stressful. The following tips can help make your travel less uncomfortable and more exciting: 

  1. Plan ahead

Make sure to pack birth control pills. You don't want to be 1000 miles away from home to realise that you have run out of birth control.

When you plan your travel, make sure you request an early refill of your prescription. If you aren't able to make it to the pharmacy, you can order it online from MedsNow. 

  1. Carry your period essentials 

Make sure you carry period care supplies on you at all times – travel or no travel. This tip helps you stay prepared just in case. And if you don't need them, there could always be someone who might need it. Your period kit should include pads/tampons/menstrual cups, whichever product you are comfortable with. 

  1. Pack your anti-inflammatories

Carry anti-inflammatory medications or over-the-counter painkillers when travelling. This will help you get rid of period cramps if you happen to get your period while travelling. Painkillers inhibit prostaglandins production, leading to reduced blood flow and fewer cramps. 

  1. Pack comfortable clothes

When travelling, it's important to wear comfortable clothing. And if you are travelling while on period, it's even more important to dress for comfort. Wear clothes that allow your body to breathe. Some clothes choices include oversized sweatshirts, leggings, comfy T-shirts, and flowy dresses.

  1. Make healthy choices

While you are on your holidays, make sure you squeeze in a morning workout. If you have period pains, a few minutes of stretching can make reduce the cramps. Eat well and healthy. And don't forget to keep yourself hydrated. 

Wrapping It Up

Being on your period during your holiday wouldn't be your first choice. If you are planning your travel much ahead, you have the option to delay your period when vacationing. If that's not an option, make sure that you are well prepared to ensure that your period is not the reason not to enjoy your holiday or even cancel your plans. 

Your vacation is the time to take a break from your normal routine and enjoy time with friends or family. Don't let your period take centre stage. Consult with the health experts at MedsNow to find out how you can delay your period during travel. And if you need to prepare a period kit for travelling, check out our online pharmacy.