The best way to stop a menstrual period temporarily is through the use of hormonal birth control, according to Med-Health.net. When taken correctly, hormonal birth control can prevent or delay periods; stopping use of birth control causes the period to return. However, prolonged birth control hormone use is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so women should consult a physician before taking birth control hormones.Know More
Hormonal contraceptives, available as a pill, patch, injection, implants and intrauterine devices, work by inhibiting ovulation and fertilization, Med-Health.net states. The contraceptives can halt the period after the current cycle. Some birth control options, such as Depo-Provera and Lybrel, offer the option to halt periods entirely.
Menstrual suppression was initially developed in order to alleviate or mitigate severe symptoms such as menstrual migraines or pain from endometriosis, but according to WebMD, convenience is now playing more of a factor. Although Dr. Leslie Miller of the University of Washington is not against menstrual suppression, she cautions that the long-term effects have yet to be studied. Currently there are no age restrictions on this type of birth control and there appear to be no long-term effects on a woman's ability to become pregnant later in life, she says. Birth control hormones do not protect against STDs and HIV.Learn more about Menstruation
Some types of birth control pills shorten a woman's menstrual period and reduce the menstrual flow, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Other types can stop periods entirely.Full Answer >
Physical stress such as illnesses can delay the menstrual period, according the Summit Medical Group. Rapid weight loss or weight gain can also interrupt menstrual cycles.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, a missed menstrual period commonly indicates pregnancy. If pregnancy isn't the cause, then it can be due to weight gain or loss, eating disorders, emotional stress, illness, increased exercise, travel, hormone problems, breastfeeding, birth control or illegal drug use.Full Answer >
According to Mayo Clinic, cramps develop during a woman's menstrual period when the uterus contracts to shed its lining. Hormone-like substances called prostaglandins trigger these contractions, and women with higher levels of prostaglandins tend to have stronger menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps can also develop due to multiple health conditions, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical stenosis or adenomyosis.Full Answer >