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.Continue Reading
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
According to Everyday Health, a short menstruation period may be caused by low estrogen levels, early pregnancy, menopause, birth control, thyroid disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome, weight loss, excessive exercising, eating disorders and stress. The length of normal menstruation periods vary between women. The most important determining factor is whether or not a woman is experiencing her period regularly.Full Answer >
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a two-week long period can result from lifestyle factors, such as excessive stress or the changing of birth control pills. However, abnormal menstruation is also a sign of more serious problems, such as uterine polyps or fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, uterine or cervical cancer or bleeding disorders. The clinic recommends a consultation with a doctor for any period lasting longer than seven days.Full Answer >
A woman who experiences her period every two weeks is likely suffering from a hormonal imbalance caused by excessive stress, thyroid complications, dramatic weight fluctuations, reactions to birth control, extreme exercise, or uterine polyps, cysts or fibroids, according to EmpowHER. Frequent periods are abnormal and require prompt medical attention.Full Answer >
Severe period pain can be treated using medications, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and birth control pills. Medications are usually prescribed after home treatment measures have failed to ease the pain. Severe period pain has no specific cause and can occur to any woman, as stated by Healthline.Full Answer >