How to Bring your Period Forward
Whether for an unexpected trip, an upcoming romantic rendezvous or simply because you want to alter your menstrual cycle, it's possible to bring your period forward, thus changing the approximate date of its scheduled arrival. Although you might think your health could be affected by doing this, provided that you only do it very occasionally it shouldn't be a problem for your overall well-being. At OneHowTo.com, we'll show you how to bring your period forward without causing yourself any harm.
First, it's important to know that bringing your period forward is something you should only consider doing occasionally or very gradually and should not be a regular practice. The workings of the menstrual cycle are complex and shouldn't be altered frequently, as this could lead to negative effects, such as hormonal changes.
It's also important to remember that the effectiveness of these suggestions will depend largely on the type of cycle you have and your sensitivity to external factors. Women with regular cycles usually respond more effectively to these methods to bring their menstruation forward than those with irregular periods. If your periods are irregular, it's not recommended to bring your period forward, as it could result in a hormonal reaction that might damage your health.
Tricks to bring your period forward include different natural infusions that may help you achieve your goal.
Regardless of which you choose, you should drink the infusion at least during the week before the calculated date of your next period. That's if you only want to bring it forward by a few days. If you want it to come a week early, then you should drink the teas at least two weeks before your next menstruation. Parsley, evening primrose and ginger are the most used for this purpose.
The recommended daily amount is two cups. Drink one on an empty stomach and the other before bed.
Cinnamon tea is one of the most popular natural remedies to bring on menstruation. You can make it yourself with boiling water and cinnamon sticks or you can purchase a ready-made infusion from any herbalist.
Other medicinal plants that might be helpful are rue and wormwood. They can be purchased at any herbalist's and should be taken in the manner indicated in above, bearing in mind that it's not advisable to mix them but rather to choose only one.
One of the tricks often used to bring menstruation forward is to change when you take the contraceptive pill. Before doing so, it's essential to take into account the following:
- It's not recommended to do this often or you could significantly alter your menstrual cycle.
- If you have sex, it's not recommended to do so during those days when you're most likely to be fertile, even if when taking the pill you're not theoretically ovulating.
- It's also not advisable to do so a couple of days after your most fertile days.
If you bring your period forward by changing when you take birth control pills, you simply need to stop taking some of them to achieve the desired effect. If you want to bring your menstruation forward by four days, don't take the last four tablets and your period will come earlier.
Keep in mind that the side effects of bringing menstruation forward may vary according to the number of days you're attempting to bring it on earlier.
If your period is early by two or three days, your body will probably not even notice, since it's quite normal for the menstrual cycle to vary a few days each month. If, however, you bring your period forward by 15 days, it's likely you'll experience the following side effects, such as fluid retention, inflammation, cramping, headaches and nervousness.
If in doubt, it's best to consult your gynaecologist.
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