Angela
Dedicated September 2018

Wedding Period!

Angela , on August 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 36
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Hi Ladies, I'm going to be on my period on my wedding day. Let me rephrase... I'm going to be on the worst day of my period on my wedding day. Cramps, bloating, period poops, fatigue, heavy flow, and soooo much more. It's not the bleeding that I'm worried about it's all of the side effects. I also want to note, I am not ashamed of my period and I am more than OK having sex with my FH on my period. Please don't be ashamed of your body in any way, embrace and love yourself!

I've seen a few people posting about this and I've been researching it for about 4 months now to see what options are out there. I wanted to share some of what I found with you guys, just in case there is another bride out there in this same boat.

So how do you avoid your period on your wedding day?

1. The "pill", or any hormonal birth control (BC) - If you want to alter your period this is the easiest method out there. You should start a few months out and tell your doctor. If your period is due on the period week, your doctor will most likely tell you to skip the placebo pills (if you're on the pill specifically) and move right into the next pack. This is OK every once in awhile. The downside is that you will be adjusting your hormones with chemicals and it takes at least a month to adjust and the pill can cause weigh gain, nausea, bloating, acne, etc.

If you're on the depo shot, talk to your doctor about when to start so that you won't have your period on your wedding day. Also so this with an IUD, the hormones release differently for these types of BC options, and it's best to communicate with your doctor about it.

If you do not want to take BC (which I don't), there are still options. REJOICE!

To speed up your period

1. SEX - If you're already having premarital relations, just have it once (or more Smiley tongue ) a day for a few days before your period. This should speed it up and make it come and go faster. The orgasms and the semen work together to stimulate contractions in the uterus which increase shedding on the lining. It will only induce a period that is already on its way and will only induce it a few days early.

2. Natural herbs and food - I've heard ginger, parsley, turmeric, and vitamin C all help to stimulate hormones so that it will induce your period early. This will only have it start a few days early, not a week.

3. Reduced Exercise - Exercise can reduce estrogen levels which can cause irregular periods or delayed periods. If you exercise, try taking a break and see if that induces your period.

Delaying your period

1. Exercise - Similar to #3 above, increased exercise (cardio mostly) can decrease estrogen, delaying your period. I would say this would need to be a month long commitment in order to make a difference in your period.

2. Weight Loss - The more weight you lose and the faster you lose it, will effect your period. This is because weight loss triggers a stress response in the body and decreases the production of estrogen. This is not the safest way to delay your period and can be harmful to bone health if your period continues to be irregular. (I started a new diet and exercise routine in May and my period was actually early by 1 week, which is what caused it to fall on my wedding). Weight loss will effect everyone differently, but it usually delays your period.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - Take 3 tsp a day 3 times a day for 7 days before your period. This is supposed to delay your period. It's an old wives tail but some people have reported it working. (I tried this last month and it did not work, I may have needed more ACV or may have needed to start sooner, either way it was disgusting and it was a wasted week).

4. Stress - I'm sure most of us have experienced stress around something in our lives. With enough stress your body can delay your period. I am not saying to intentionally stress yourself out... in fact DO NOT intentionally stress yourself out! The reason I added this one, is because leading up to the wedding you may be so stressed and you may delay your period naturally.

I know this was a long read, but if you're experiencing some stress and anxiety around having your period on or near your wedding day, I hope this helped at least put you at ease a little more.

So what will I be doing for my wedding?

I will be taking a shot of ginger every morning about 5 days before my period is due to start and I will be having sex with my FH every day at least a few days before my period is due to start and probably a for the first day of my period to help speed it up. I'm really hoping this works. If it doesn't I'll be using my menstrual cup with possibly a back up of period panties for any overflow, and lots and lots of MIDOL extra strength, and I'll use ground flax seeds in smoothies to help make my bowel movements more regular.

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Latest activity by falkenmarried, on August 22, 2018 at 11:07 PM
  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    You’re so positive about this, I love it! Those are great tips, thanks for sharing. Ginger shots are AWESOME for your immune system too!
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  • Tara
    Master September 2018
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    Oh man this is great info. I was soo worried id be on mine (i dont really track it) but itll be a week prior yayyyy. I hope this works for you!! Good luck!
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  • tempestt
    Dedicated September 2019
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    I plan on doing the depo injection a month before my wedding. I'm in the medical field and most of us in office do it when we have big plans and don't want our period to show up until after.

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  • Angela
    Dedicated September 2018
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    Genevieve, that's the awesome bonus. I'm flying for my wedding and the extra boost to my immune system with the ginger can only help! Smiley smile

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  • Angela
    Dedicated September 2018
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    Oh yeah! I should probably add all of the hormonal birth control options *face palm*. I thought about the depo, but I do horribly on all hormonal BC, I even went on low low estren and I have terrible mood swings. Alas, I am out of luck with BC.

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  • Natalia
    Dedicated September 2019
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    Wow that is amazing information! I'm already on the pill so that is helpful but I will also try some of your tips too just to be on the safe side
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  • PurdyAikey
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    I literally just went to the dr to get back on BC to avoid this! I have never tracked my period before, but decided it was a good time to start... Because of all the wedding stress my periods have actually gotten heavier and cramp-ier... So I was thinking about getting on BC to lighten it a little. Weight gain is my biggest fear right now. I was looking at my predicted periods (using Flo app) and it was like Vegas Trip for Bach. Party, Birthday, thanksgiving, christmas, and wedding! and I was like NOPE!! Lets just change this! To get it perfect (after honeymoon), I need to start on Sunday! *Wish me luck* -- Also I don't want kids and going on honey moon and not having to worry about condoms will be a great perk!

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  • Angela
    Dedicated September 2018
    Angela ·
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    BC really is the easiest and most stress-free way to alter your period. Go for it girl, take control of your cycle!

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  • C
    Master July 2018
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    Have you ever used it before? Depo causes irregular spotting and heavier periods for lots of people. Actually the number 1 side effect.
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  • C
    Master July 2018
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    The mood swings are typically the estrogen, consider progesterone only forms like IUD, nexplanon, depo or progestin only pill
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  • Amber
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    Just throwing this out there: the Depo shot usually causes irregular &/or increased bleeding. I was on it for a year & never stopped having a period that whole time. If you are not currently using it I do not reccommend starting right before your wedding. It may in fact make things worse for you. To each their own, obviously, but I just wanted to share my experience with it & provide a warning. Best of luck to you all ❤
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  • K
    Super September 2018
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    My period date just changed and had me starting on my wedding day and lasting through my honeymoon. I'm so pissed! I'm going on a cruise and I dont use tampons. So I'm screwed 😭😭 I feel like it's going to be the worst week ever
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  • Angela
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    I did the IUD for about 10 months and my cramps worsened and my periods were about 2.5 weeks long with spotting in between. I've tried a lot of different pills form the time I was 14 until about 21 when I had the IUD put in. I just didn't like how they made me feel, mentally, physically, emotionally. So I stopped it all together. I don't like to put anything in my body that has a chemically induced hormonal effect. It just hits me harder than most I guess. I know the options I gave above do effect hormones but it's a much more natural and subtle effect and it doesn't last nearly as long as the pill form.

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  • Angela
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    Hi Kate, that really stinks! Have you tried a menstrual cup? I've used one for about 2 cycles now and I'm in LOVE! It's a little messy, BUT once you get the hang of it and find the right one (this is key), I think it's a God-send. You can youtube so many helpful videos and really after the first cycle you will know how to really use it. It allows you to do all the things you would normally do while not on your period and you only need to change it every 12 hours (I do 7am and 7pm).

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  • J
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    Jesalina ·
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    I love that everyone is so open about this! Great info thank you! Hope this works for You!
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  • Angela
    Dedicated September 2018
    Angela ·
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    Wow Amber, I had no idea! Everyone's body is so different, which is really why everyone should consult their doctor and definitely sort this out months before their wedding.

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  • Saydee
    Super August 2019
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    Depo was my first instance with hormonal bc and I ended up having cycles for two weeks, then none for two months and it would repeat. Not to mention I gained 30 pounds and a few cup sizes. I would never recommend depo because it took two years for me to get pregnant after with only two shots. If you plan on getting pregnant after the wedding, Do NOT go with Depo
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  • PurdyAikey
    Super January 2019
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    That is a good point. Do not use hormone BC in general if you ware planning to try and conceive ASAP!

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  • Angela
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    Sorry that happened to you! I've never been on depo but I heard horror stories about it when I was a teen, weight gain mostly. I've heard some people love it and some people hate it. Studies have also shown that it can take up to 12 months for hormonal BC to leave your system completely, and my guess is probably longer if it's a concentration of the hormones (like the depo shot). I think for me it took about 6 months when I got off the pill. I wasn't trying to get pregnant, nor did I get pregnant, but I just felt "normal" again at about 6 months. BC is not something to take lightly by any means and everyone's body is so different it's hard to know before using it what your body will do.

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    Always copper IUD with no hormones. And there is no evidence any thing you mentioned work at all. But they won't hurt!
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