How to induce menstruation

How to induce menstruation

How to induce menstruation

28 January

Educational program Health

There is only one really effective and safe way.
Photo by Ekaterina Komissarova

Ekaterina Komissarova

Lifehacker medical journalist

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Daria Shishkina

Gynecologist of the DocMed clinic network

How to induce menstruation


Menstruation can be controlled. Call them ahead of time, for example, so that the first and most difficult days of the cycle do not coincide with an important event like a competition or a wedding. Or still provoke their onset when they are delayed not because of pregnancy (such experiments during it are deadly), spoil plans and make you nervous. But even if you are not pregnant, once again think about whether the game is worth the candle.

How to induce menstruation

To understand this, it is important to understand how menstruation works.

While the female body is experiencing ovulation, the uterus is preparing to receive a fertilized egg and create the most comfortable conditions for it to further divide and grow. Under the influence of hormones (mainly estrogen and progesterone), the lining of the uterus – the so-called endometrium – becomes thicker, softer, looser so that the egg can hook on and find nutrition.

If the egg is successfully fertilized, it descends into the uterus and settles in the prepared loose endometrium – the development of the fetus begins.

If not, the egg dies. The thickened endometrium is no longer needed, and the body gets rid of it. First, the level of progesterone, on which the nutrition of the mucosa depends, sharply decreases. Due to the lack of nutrients, the endometrium withers and atrophies. The vessels that connect it to the uterus become thinner and eventually rupture. The onset of bleeding washes out of the uterus an already unnecessary layer of mucous.

Around the same time, estrogen levels rise. In this case, it causes the uterus to contract, pushing out everything unnecessary.

As you can see, there are only two ways to cause menstruation:

  1. Hormonal, that is, taking hormonal-based drugs that will create conditions for rejection of the mucosa. This method is especially good if you are preparing for some important event and you have a couple of months left.
  2. Non-hormonal, that is, creating conditions under which the vessels connecting the endometrium with the walls of the uterus will burst. But by artificially causing rejection of the mucosa, you risk damaging large vessels and provoking uterine bleeding. Especially if there is a possibility of pregnancy.

Be sure to take a pregnancy test. If he shows two stripes, do not risk it and go to the doctor!

And in general, before doing anything, consult a gynecologist.

How to induce menstruation hormonally

The most effective and safest way to induce your period at the right moment is to prepare for it in advance.

If you have an important event ahead of you, such as a vacation or a competition, start taking hormonal birth control a couple of cycles before it. Naturally, those that the gynecologist will recommend to you.

A couple of days before the day you would like to schedule your period, just stop taking the drug (or switch to dummy tablets, if they are provided in the release form). Your hormones will change and cause your period, or withdrawal bleeding, to be premature.

The second option is to start a new pack without a break (without taking a placebo), and then quit at the right time.

And finally, you can start taking contraceptives on the eve of an important event. Most likely, in this case, there will be no menstruation. But if the drug does not work, side effects may appear: nausea, breast engorgement, and so on.

All three options are harmless. You just need to remember that contraceptives should not be taken without consulting a doctor. Also, you can’t throw them away when you want to. If you have already started, drink at least for some long time (after all, this is a good method of contraception)

How to induce menstruation in non-hormonal ways

We repeat the important thing: if the pregnancy test shows you two strips, go to the doctor. The fetus has already begun to develop, which means that the vessels connecting the endometrium to the walls of the uterus can be quite large.

Rupture of vessels is fraught with extensive uterine bleeding and deadly blood loss.

If there is no pregnancy, but there is a delay, do not panic. There are a dozen reasons why menstruation may come later. Among them, stress, acclimatization, diet, fatigue, physical overstrain … Such conditions affect the hormonal background and sometimes delay the onset of menstruation. So, perhaps you just need to wait: within a few days, menstruation will come on its own.

But if there is neither pregnancy nor time, you can try to speed up the process. However, none of these methods has been scientifically proven to be effective.

1. Eat oranges

Or any citrus fruits, as well as other fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C in abundance: black currants, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, red and green peppers … There are opinionthat ascorbic acid can increase estrogen levels and decrease progesterone levels. That is, perhaps the endometrium will begin to die, and the uterus will actively contract. And menstruation will come faster.

2. Drink ginger or parsley tea

Boil a small piece of peeled and finely chopped ginger root in a glass of water for 5-7 minutes. Strain, add sugar or honey to…






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