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Red Flags During the Menstrual Cycle That Tell You to Seek Medical Help

Posted Wednesday 22 February 2017 15:18 by Tim Deakin in Period Delay Treatment

menstrual cycle problemsMillions of women around the world experience periods each month. Yet they are still a source of significant embarrassment for many people. As a consequence of this, some women are reluctant to seek medical advice should something change or go wrong. A normal menstrual cycle should last for around twenty-eight days (although this can vary by several days). Periods do sometimes change, and this isn’t necessarily an indication that something is wrong, but it should still be investigated.

In this article we will outline some of the most common signs that there may be an issue with your menstrual cycle, so that you know when to reach out for help.

Missing a Period

Missing a period is usually based on the assumption that a woman is pregnant. This is, of course, relatively easy to diagnose through a simple pregnancy test. But it is important to note that it is not the only reason why a period can be missed.

Stress is a common cause of missing periods, as is intense athletic activity or sudden weight loss. Certain contraceptives, like the contraceptive pill, can also disrupt the menstrual cycle, while the contraceptive injection can sometimes stop periods altogether.

As women age, periods typically become less frequent as they approach menopause. Most women go through the menopause between age fifty and fifty-five, though early menopause can occur in women in their teens, twenties or thirties due to a range of medical conditions or lifestyle factors, such as autoimmune disease, smoking or premature ovarian failure.

Bleeding After Sex, Or In-between Periods

Bleeding after sex or in-between periods can be a sign of several different issues, including chlamydia or abnormalities of the cervix. Such abnormalities can be relatively harmless – as in the case of polyps – or be a sign of infection that requires urgent medical attention. To put your mind at rest it is always better to consult a doctor or speak to your pharmacist if you bleeding between periods becomes a concern.

Contraceptive pills with particularly low doses can sometimes result in bleeding between periods. If this is the case, then simply switching pills can be an effective way of resolving the problem.

In very rare cases, cervical abnormalities could be an indicator of cervical cancer. The National Cervical Screening Programme offers screenings to women to try and detect cancer early. Although cancer is a rare cause of bleeding, it’s important to seek medical help just in case.

Sudden Change to Periods

Sudden changes, such as much heavier or lighter periods, can be a sign that something isn’t quite right. For most women under forty, slightly irregular flows and cycles do not indicate any serious condition, but women over forty should always seek medical advice if they notice any changes.

These changes in women over forty can indicate endometrial cancer, cervical polyps, or a pre-cancerous condition like hyperplasia. This can be treated if caught early.

Unusual Discharge

Experiencing vaginal discharge during the menstrual cycle is perfectly normal, and is nothing to worry about. The female body naturally produces an excess of mucous before ovulation – which tends to be a white or creamy colour. If you notice a sudden change in this discharge, however, this is a sign that something probably isn’t right.

Green discharge, blood-stained discharge, or discharge with a strong, unpleasant odour are all common signs of infection, and should be explored and treated as soon as possible.

If any of these issues crop up during your menstrual cycle, be sure to seek medical guidance to alleviate your worries and help treat your symptoms.

If you have any worries or questions about periods, get familiar with Express Pharmacy’s online live chat to receive the advice you need and put you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. If you are looking for period delay treatments to help you manage your menstrual cycle, we stock Norethisterone – which can delay a period for a maximum of 17 days.

Periods – There’s an App for That

Posted Monday 31 October 2016 15:16 by Tim Deakin in Period Delay Treatment

period delay treatmentAs smartphones become ever more integrated into our daily lives, many women are forgoing the traditional diary method for tracking their menstrual cycle and choosing to use a smartphone app instead. Check out our rundown of the best period tracker apps available for iPhone and Android, as well as some tips and advice.

What options are available?

Clue – free on Android and iOS

Clue is one of the most popular period apps available, and not without good reason. The journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology even rated the app as the best free menstrual tracking app, a brilliant accolade. This app is particularly popular with women who are tired of menstrual products being pink, covered in flowers and butterflies and described in euphemistic language like “Aunt Flo” and “time of the month”.

Clue offers a no-nonsense approach to menstrual tracking, using a scientific approach to analyse the patterns in your cycle and track mood changes, cramps, skin problems, sleep and more.

Glow – free on Android and iOS

Glow works primarily as an ovulation calculator and self-proclaimed “fertility companion”, designed to help women both avoiding and attempting to get pregnant. To do this, users of the app input when they are menstruating and the calculator becomes smarter and more accurate over time. The app also looks to track women’s overall health as it can be synced with other health apps such as MyFitnessPal and Misfit, as well as the Apple Health app.

Uniquely amongst the apps on this list, Glow also offers support for patients undergoing IVF, and also offers community and partner support which many other similar apps lack.

myPill – free on Android and iOS

myPill is used primarily by women taking oral contraceptive pills. Whether you take a daily contraceptive such as the progesterone-only pills Cerelle, Cerazette and Feanolla, or if you take three weeks of pills followed by a week’s break, myPill will help to ensure that you don’t forget.

Hormonal contraception can have unexpected effects on your menstrual cycle and can make predicting your periods much trickier, so apps like myPill which also offer period tracking capabilities will help you get used to your new cycle. Like the other apps, myPill allows you to track other symptoms such as acne and cramps, so you can ascertain which changes are a side-effect of your medication and which are part of your cycle.

One popular feature of myPill is its customisable alerts which remind you to take your pill. If you use your phone in public, you may not want everyone around you seeing your phone screen flash “take pill”, so you can set the reminder to display “feed the dog” or “cook dinner”, or something equally innocuous. The app also displays as m.P. on your home screen, helping to keep the app discreet.

Period Tracker Lite – free on Android and iOS

Period Tracker Lite is one of the simpler apps on this list. More feminine and flowery than Clue, Period Tracker Lite has many of the same functions as the above apps. Like myPill, the app displays simply as “P. Tracker” for discretion. This is a popular choice for those looking to use their phone as their primary health tracker, as users can try out the free features in Period Tracker Lite before upgrading to a more robust, paid option.

Tips and advice

Even though there are so many options available, menstrual trackers are not perfect. They often rely on the user remembering to input data, and so can be an imprecise science. Doctors advise strongly against using these apps for family planning – although many of them can predict when you are ovulating, there is no way of testing the accuracy without an ovulation test (and even then, this is not a reliable method of birth control).

If you require emergency contraception or medication for delaying your period or preventing period pain, look no further than Express Pharmacy. We can offer a safe, reliable solution to many of the problems related to your menstrual cycle, all from the comfort of your own home.

Is It Safe to Delay Your Period?

Posted Wednesday 12 August 2015 16:34 by Tim Deakin in Period Delay Treatment

period delay treatmentThere are many reasons why you may opt for a period delay. But what are the safest ways to do so?

Why would you need to postpone your period?

Whether it's in the middle of a meeting, on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere, on a first date or doing a few lengths of the pool somewhere tropical, the intrusion of Mother Nature is an inconvenient inevitability!

On average, a woman will spend 3,500 days of her life menstruating. But there are understandably some days where this is more inconvenient than others. Even with the most meticulous planning, more than 40% of women are caught out by their periods, making holidays, activity days, job interviews, long haul flights and special occasions (the number one reason to delay a period was for a wedding day) less of a pleasure and more of a discomfort.

More than 50% of all women would like to stop their menstrual cycle or opt for a period delay, and in the majority of cases and with the right techniques, stalling your cycle and all the associated symptoms is completely safe.

How can I delay my period?

There are a number of techniques that can be used to delay a period, however, ensuring your chosen method is safe and undesirable side effects, like breakthrough bleeding, are kept to a minimum is important.

Norethisterone is considered the most reliable way to supress a period and can do so for up to 17 days, providing a welcome break for you to enjoy holidays, festivals, first dates, important meetings and special occasions without the inconvenience of bleeding, cramps and other symptoms.

This prescription pill is available via a GP or through a pharmacist, and delays your menstrual cycle by artificially heightening your natural progesterone levels. Norethisterone should be taken three days before your period is due, and every day for a maximum of 20 days. After a woman stops taking Norethisterone, the onset of a period can be expected within two to three days.

Like many period supressing medications, Norethisterone is not recommended for women who have a personal or family history of thrombosis. This pill should only be used occasionally, and it is important to remember that this is not a contraceptive so does not prevent pregnancy.

Can contraceptive pills be used to skip a period?

Whilst Norethisterone is often considered the most reliable way of delaying a period without any undesirable effects, your combined contraceptive pill can also be used to safely postpone your period. By skipping your 7 day break and taking two packets of your combined pill back-to-back you can safely delay your period. However, joining two packets should be done no more than three times as you will put yourself at greater risk of experiencing breakthrough bleeding, spotting and bloating.

The mini pill can also be used to stop periods altogether, however, this contraceptive should not be used for the purpose of delaying a period. Over 20% of women using this progesterone-only pill will have no periods at all, whilst the remainder may experience regular or erratic bleeding.

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