What causes your period to start early?
Your periods are usually due to ovulation, but it doesn’t always happen at the same time. Sometimes it happens after 3 days or even longer. If you have irregular cycles, then you might not get your period until later than usual. You may experience other symptoms like headaches, back pain, fatigue or weight gain too.
The reason for these different symptoms depends on how long ago your cycle was normal. Some women may experience them when they were menstruating regularly, while others might notice them only after their period had stopped. Also, some women have no problems getting their period before the first day of their menstrual bleeding (menstruation) starts. Other times, it takes a few days or even longer before you get your period.
You might also wonder if you can prevent getting your period earlier. There isn’t much you can do except wait for your period to start and hope that it comes soon enough. However, there are things you can try to make sure that it arrives on time:
1. Take birth control pills .
Taking birth control pills will delay ovulation so that you don’t get pregnant during the next month. Some pills stop ovulation altogether, while others just delay it. If you want to get pregnant in the future, do not take these pills as they will stop or delay your ovulation.
2. Don’t skip meals .
Skipping meals may trigger a skipped period. This is because your body thinks that you are starving and will hold on to every drop of fat you have. In other words, it will not let you menstruate.
3. Avoid stress and anxiety .
If you don’t have your period on time, try to relax. Your body may not be ready or able to get pregnant, so it has decided to delay ovulation. Also, some women experience stress in their lower abdomens and this can delay their periods too. By keeping calm you can give your body the signals that everything is fine and can in fact improve your body image too.
4. Try other birth control methods .
If you are not too keen on taking birth control pills, you can also try some other methods. They all have their own advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that seems more suitable for you.
These are barrier contraceptives that prevent the release of live sperms inside your body and so they will not be able to reach the cervical mucus and the fallopian tubes where the female egg cells mature and wait to be fertilized.
Condoms also provide a physical barrier that will help prevent the male’s bodily fluids from entering your body. This prevents the transmission of some STI’s (such as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia). You may also prefer using this method if you are in a long-distance relationship or if you don’t want to take any hormonal birth control methods for whatever reason.
Keep in mind that condoms can break or slip off sometimes. This is why you should consider using a second method of birth control such as taking birth control pills or using a different type of barrier contraceptive.
Condoms are widely available over the counter at your local pharmacy. You can also find them for free at many family planning clinics, student health centers on campus or sexual health centers. You can also order them online, if need be.
Birth control pills
These are hormonal pills you take orally on a daily basis. They were designed to prevent ovulation from occurring by mimicking the effects that hormones have on your body. Without ovulation there can be no egg cell released, which means no fertile period and no chance of getting pregnant. They also thicken the mucus at the entrance to your cervix, making it virtually impossible for sperms to get past this barrier.
If you are relying on hormonal pills as your primary method of birth control, make sure to also use a secondary barrier method such as a male or female condoms, as these will provide an extra line of defense against potential pregnancy. If you are using non-hormonal pills, then you do not need to use a second method of birth control.
In case you feel nauseous or start to vomit, your pills will not be absorbed by your body and thus will not be as effective. Take these pills as soon as you can. If you do not have any pills left, ask your doctor for a replacement of prescription or purchase new ones.
Pregnancy may occur while using birth control pills, especially if the medication is taken incorrectly (including forgetting to take it at all).
IUD (intra-uterine device)
The IUD is a small, T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Most women who have an IUD say that they forget they are even wearing it, as they experience no side effects at all. If your gynecologist puts one in, you should be able to have it checked every year or two years.
There are two types of IUD: hormonal and copper. Hormonal IUD’s release a small amount of levonorgestrel, which is a type of progesterone that reduces the possibility of implantation should an egg become fertilized. The copper IUD prevents implantation as well, but instead releases copper ions that prevent the travel of any sperms to the uterus.
If you have any allergies or are uncomfortable with using hormonal-based products, you may prefer the copper IUD as your main form of contraception.
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