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*Misty*
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I've heard there are pills that are available to stop your period temporarily? I was wondering how safe they are and what type of pills they are?

Thanks.

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Pills like Seasonale are timed so that you go three months without a break from the hormones. This stops your period temporarily.

We don't know the long-term effects of this per se. Many women have used it with no problem. Many report spotting. But personally, I like to have my "red flag" around to tell me I'm not pregnant.

There is a chance that not menstruating can lead to endometrial cancer. The endometrium is a rapidly regenerating tissue, which makes it more likely to develop cancer than other slow-turnover cell types. If you retain endometrium, you run a much greater risk of retaining cancerous tissue. Whereas if you shed the stuff every month, then you get rid of potential problems.

Anyway, it's a personal bias of mine, but if a menstrual cycle is such an impediment to your day to day life, then your life is probably not that hard and you've not really known the meaning of having some condition interfere with your function.

but that's just me being crotchety. if you feel that skipping a few periods is going to benefit you really greatly, then please by all meas discuss it with your doctor.

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*Misty*
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Thank you so much for the help!

I don't want my period stopped for 3 months just my cycle delayed which is expected around today or tomorrow. I mainly want it stopped because its my boyfriend's and I' 3rd anniversary, for which we are going away on Friday. Hence I was wondering I I could have my period stopped just for this period and was wondering of anything that would help me do this safely without any side effects.

Thanks again.

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