Nobody likes getting her period during important occasions (or ever!) – and least of all a bride-to-be! Whether you’re wearing a white bridal gown or a heavy red lehenga, you don’t want to be bothered by Aunt Flo. And honestly, and more importantly, you don’t want to ruin your first night! So what is a girl supposed to do? She is supposed to keep these 7 tips in mind!
1. Talk to your gynae about using oral contraceptives to delay your period
Oral contraceptive pills are one of the most effective ways to delaying your period. However, using them to delay your periods should be a “once in a blue moon” kind of thing to do, and that too only and only after proper consultation with your gynaecologist. This should ideally be started at least a couple of months before your big day. If you start taking the pill a few days before your period, it won’t work.
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2. You can also consider prescription drugs to manipulate your cycle
Don’t fret if you forgot to manage your monthly calendar! You can still have a period-free wedding. Ask your gynaecologist about prescription drugs that can delay your period. You will most probably be prescribed a pill containing norethisterone. When you begin taking this pill three days before your period is due, it delays it. Whenever you want your period to start, just stop taking the pill. Of course, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t self-medicate, so do talk to your gynaecologist about proper dosage and more before you start.
3. The right diet to…
A) Delay your period
There are a few home remedies that you can try to delay your periods until after the wedding. Eating gram lentil soup every day for a week before your period is one remedy that people say can delay it. Avoid eating spicy foods (these you should avoid before your wedding, in any case) as they can make your period come early.
B) Make it come early
Eating things that have a “garam taaseer” or things that produce heat in the body is said to advance the onset of your period. Foods like almonds, jaggery and turmeric can be eaten for this purpose. Apiol, a substance found in celery sticks, is known to stimulate uterus contractions. This can also help in making your period arrive faster.
However, please remember that these methods are not foolproof. You should try them only and only if you’re prepared for the possibility of failure.
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4. Other tricks you can try
If manipulating your diet is not something you want to do right before your wedding, there are other tricks you can try to delay your period or make it come quicker. Applying a hot compress, a hot water bottle or a heating pad on your lower abdomen heats the body up to make your period come earlier. Lying in a hot water bath every day can also serve the same purpose. An increase in the amount of exercise you do can also delay or accelerate your period.
5. Beat period bloating
The last thing any bride wants is to look bloated on her wedding day! But period bloating is, unfortunately, something that most women face. Include some protein in every meal to reduce puffiness. Cut off all processed food from your diet. This includes cookies, packaged foods, white flour, bread, cakes, etc. You will notice a visible reduction in your bloating. Salty foods can lead to water retention, making your bloating worse.
6. Use a softcup
A softcup is something you can wear for up to 12 hours. It is worn internally and it collects your menstrual blood, meaning that you don’t have to worry about staining. It’s supposed to be more comfortable than tampons or pads. You can read more about it here.
7. And if you’re still on your period on the big day?
Well, then we have some things that you should do to make your life easier!
1. Pop a painkiller. Even if your periods are usually painless, take a painkiller just in case. After all, your wedding day is not the one when you should be worrying about cramps! Talk to your gynae about a safe painkiller option that won’t have side-effects such as nausea, etc.
2. Make an emergency kit. This should contain an extra panty, pads or tampons and pain meds.
3. Wear an extra slip underneath your lehenga if you’re worried about staining.
4. Sip on some ginger tea to reduce the cramps.
5. Avoid wearing heels as they can aggravate cramping in the legs or backache.