How to push your period back with birth control?

Are you tired of Aunt Flo crashing into your life at the worst possible time? Do you wish you could just hit the snooze button on your menstrual cycle and enjoy a short reprieve from the monthly hassle? Well, good news – birth control might be able to help. Yes, that little pill or patch can do more than prevent pregnancy. It can also manipulate your cycle in ways that might make scheduling around it much easier.

But how exactly does one push their period back with birth control? Don’t worry – our guide will have you covered (literally) in no time.

Understanding How Hormonal Contraceptives Work

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of pushing periods back, let’s take a brief look at how hormonal contraceptives work. They generally use synthetic versions of female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) to trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant already. This stops ovulation and signals to your uterus that there’s no need for shedding its lining just yet.

It doesn’t stop there though – some methods thicken cervical mucus too so sperm has trouble getting through to fertilize anything even if an egg was released. These are some powerful pills!

Different Types of Birth Control That Can Help Delay Your Period

Now that we know what hormonal contraceptives are going for, let’s explore which ones might be better suited for delaying menstruation:

Combination Pills

These contain synthetic estrogen and progestin which regulate menstrual cycles by keeping hormone levels constant throughout the month without any significant fluctuations occurring naturally.

Progestin-Only Pills

These don’t include estrogen but still restrain ovulation nevertheless while thickening cervical mucus as well hence making them potential options although a bit less effective than combination pills mentioned before.


This sticky item makes up part of transdermal contraceptives that users put on their skin for about a week before changing it helps to make hormone levels stay at steady state.


The shot also called the Depo Provera injection and stops ovulating while thickening cervical mucus as well but might have some unpleasant side effects (like making you feel bloated). However, once every three months is all you need for contraception purposes.

Hormonal IUD

This works by releasing hormones steadily into the uterus which suppresses ovulation with some types of hormonal IUDs thinning the uterine lining too to lessen your menstrual flow in general.

How Exactly Do You Delay Your Period?

Ok so…how do you actually delay your period using these different forms of birth control mentioned?

Combination Pills

You’ll want to start taking them ahead of schedule – ideally one or two weeks earlier than would typically happen without hormones- keep taking active pills till when supposed to take placebo pill/breaks( somewhere between 3-7 days) then restart from an active pill. That makes Aunt Flo wait with bated breath!

Progestin-only Pill

While they can be used continuously, medical professionals may recommend following the same process as combination pills where active tablets are taken at least a couple of weeks before expected menstruation date until switching over again during subsequent cycles effectively PAMing ‘the lady who mustn’t not be named’.

Note: this language isn’t very sensitive if discussing reproductive health and is included only in humoristic intention-contextual understanding required.


Stickem up! If applying patch for continuous use throughout several cycles consider moving it around areas like upper thighs, hips, stomach or chest after each change hence giving those spots time off and avoiding adhesive irritation issues plus contribute towards significant hormone level stability inside body prolonging periods’ arrival dates simultaneously convincing your body that there might be “a baby on board”. When you stop switching out patches (or remove it to begin with), period should be pushed back by several days or weeks; timing is subjective since everyone’s body reacts differently.


The Depo Provera shot is an especially simple method – once administered, your menstrual cycle just stops but as noted earlier there might be overbearing side effects too. The only challenge here requires taking the shots around 1-2 week before periods to allow for “pregnancy” hormone levels realignment.

Hormonal IUD

Say hello to Intrauterine Devicemeant’ that helps suppress periods and ease cramps. With some models, one can wait up until five years before having to replace them after inserting between times that coincide with menses so meeting this device can mean no hassle free menstruation experience overall.

Factor in Adverse Effects

No matter which option speaks best about delay menstrual cycles, do take note of potential unwanted outcomes: such as spotting (small bloody droplets) while uterus lining gets used ‘somehow’.p, mood swings/drops related changes when hormones aren’t flowing through the system quite right producing negative emotional responses. Also bloating and headaches ain’t unheard of either!.

While these will all usually pass within a short amount of time it’s worth considering how prepared you are psychically/emotionally in case some symptoms become consistent enduring longer than they naturally would have otherwise occurred during normal menstruating situations.

Another factor playing into contraceptives popularity revolves around various health benefits along with delay period perks including Easing PMS Cramps Over time and Lessening Risks Of Cancer By reducing Exposure To Estrogen For Instance..

So we hope you’re now armed with enough information to take control of Aunt Flo’s timely arrival, whether that means delaying her visit altogether or finding other ways to cope better even if it means having to enjoy some scrumptious comfort foods on those Pre-Cycle Days. Just remember whichever path you choose; Menses is there..always waiting, biding its time until it strikes again.

Note: these adverse effects should not serve as a substitute for general medical advice!