Nervous Your “Time of the Month” Will Be on Your Wedding Day?

You’ve been planning your wedding down to the very last detail. So many hours and hours of wedding preparation and wedding organising. AND THEN you realise that your period could fall on your wedding date! What if your period is scheduled to make the most inconvenient appearance during your Menstrual Cycle? Are you nervous your ‘time of the month’ will be on your wedding day?

It’s a common thought for women when they have important events or upcoming trips. Some ladies actually schedule their wedding around their time of the month. Other ladies choose to use the birth control technique to starve their flow for a wedding. However, here are seven natural methods and 2 not-so-natural methods to consider.

About 21% of brides have had their period on their wedding day. Of these 43% started their period on their big day. The likelihood of your period being on a particular day is based on many variables. Factors including: Cycle length, regularity, last period date.

Use a period tracker to record and guide. The better you prepare, the better you can plan.

Are you nervous your ‘time of the month’ will be on your wedding day? If your cycle is irregular and you’re mostly in the dark about what day each month Aunt Flo is meant to arrive, then start tracking as soon as possible! You may notice a pattern along the way. Start as early as you can with the period tracker. There’s some great period tracker apps which are free.

The period tracker also gives great information about the length of your menstrual flow, the lighter or heavier days – and even logging possible symptoms on which day.

Just as you’re preparing each seating plan, décor, venue, band, dj, food… get prepared about your menstrual to know exactly what you could expect for your upcoming wedding day.

Woman code and Taboo Wedding Topics.  Can a period cycle be manipulated?

Are you nervous your ‘time of the month’ will be on your wedding day?  Manipulating Aunt Flo can be especially appealing for those ladies who experience heavy menstrual bleeds or sickness during period. However, this whole method is not something that can be done at the last minute.  Plan properly. Some woman can manipulate their periods so it doesn’t clash with their wedding day and night.  It is possible, but it is not something that can be left to the last minute.

Aunt Flo’s unexpected appearance on the wedding guest list. “Tell me more! Putting a towel down on the bed on my wedding night just isn’t part of my wedding fantasy!”

There are some ways to pre-pone or postpone your menstrual cycle. Some natural methods and some unnatural methods.   Select the option that works best for you at least three months in advance. This gives the opportunity to see your body’s reaction. Perhaps you’ll use it, perhaps you will spot and hate it. Give your body time to get acclimated.

Natural Methods to pre-pone Aunt Flo

Keep these pointers in mind. Start your regime at least 15 days before the scheduled start of your period.

  1. Drink hot turmeric water twice a day for 15 days. It could make your periods arrive sooner, potentially 5 days earlier. Recipe:  Mix 3-9grams of turmeric in a glass of hot water.
  2. Drink parsley and pepper juice daily. Drink three doses of two grams of parsley, boiled in 150 ml of water through the day. Parsley has apiol and myristicin which are known to stimulate contractions of the uterus and potentially bring a period sooner.
  3. Eat ripe papaya. Papaya stimulates menstruation because the carotene in papaya stimulates the oestrogen hormone – also potentially bringing the period sooner.
  4. Have a fenugreek seed concoction daily. Soak about three teaspoons of the fenugreek seeds in a glass of clean water overnight. Boil it the next morning, until there is froth. Then strain the seeds out and drink it hot. This method could bring on your period within just 3 days, thanks to the uterine stimulant in fenugreek.
  5. Eat spicy food. Hot spicy food increases the heat in the body, which can encourage the start of a period.

Natural Methods to postpone Aunt Flo’s visit

1. Have a gram lentil soup. It helps postpone periods. Have it daily to prevent your period. Fry the lentils and then grind the lentils. Make a soup out of this mix.

2. Drink vinegar water. Add three to four spoons of vinegar to a glass of drinking water and drink this. This will help you to delay your menstrual symptoms and even delay your periods by 3-4 days.

And now for the not-so-natural methods

  1. Meet with your Gynaecologist. There’s some period delay pills. It’s recommended that you don’t delay your period for more than 20 days maximum. This delay pill stops the shedding of the lining, which prevents the start of period. Then when you stop taking the medication, your period should start within a few days.
Check the side effects and consult your Gynae before proceeding. Ask about period symptoms you might feel whilst taking the medication.  Possible mild period pains, breast tenderness, possible spotting. Get educated and information from your Gynae.
  1. Another method is to take an oral contraceptive pill continuously, without the placebo days. Take two packets back-to-back and skip the one-week break in between. Your period could be delayed until you next take your pill break. Consult your GP or Gynae before proceeding.
Menstrual cycles can be delayed, but this could actually mess up your normal cycle. It might take some time before your normal cycle returns to normal. Speak to your GP for educated advice and information about your periods and the options available and best for you, if this is something for you.

Nervous Your "Time of the Month" Will Be on Your Wedding Day?

Are You Nervous Your “Period” Will Be on Your Wedding Day? It’s not bullet proof methods. Unfortunately. 

Sarah Jones (28 years old from Durbanville) says that this kind of exact planning wasn’t an option for her.

“I’ve always been irregular.  Sometimes a week early, or a week late. It largely depends on my stress and activites during that time. So I made sure I was still prepared for it on my wedding day.  Just prepare for everything, but be certain of nothing. I relied on my Maid of Honour and didn’t go through this alone. She was on patrol for leakage and she reminded me to change. However awkward it may be, your MOH should accompany you to the bathroom so that she could keep your gown out of harm’s way. My wedding day was the best day of my life still! Pack a go with the flow kit for your reception and ceremony.”

Be prepared!

Pack a Go-with-the-flow Emergency Kit

Whatever paraphernalia helps you get through your menstrual cycle – pack into your bridal kit bag. It could include: Baby wipes, painkillers, hot water bottle, sweets, chocolate, period panties, panty liners, pads…

Invest in high-quality period panties. They can help you forget about leakage, odour and wetness. Good quality ones can hold up to two tampons worth. Make sure to get a good quality pair with an antimicrobial lining to fight odours, and proper ventilation to prevent yeast infection.

Another option is the menstrual cup which collects Aunt Flo instead of aborbing. It can be used sometimes up to 12 hours without emptying. The menstrual cup is a learning curve. Not something you want stuck in your vagina on your wedding night. That is a real nightmare scenario! Start using the menstrual cup at least a few months before your wedding, so you’re good to go on your wedding day.

Yes most of these goodies might not be used, but it’s peace of mind that you have everything you might need.

Sip on ginger tea. This helps ease out the cramps and is also said to reduce the blood flow. Drink LOTS of water at least a week before your wedding day.

Involve your Maid of Honour and make sure she knows her possible duties

Make sure your MOH knows where everything is, so that you can quickly gain access to anything you need. Your MOH also needs to be the spotter.

What to avoid?

Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, flours, refined sugars, salty foods to avoid bloating. Salty drinks or foods can cause water retention, so avoid things high in sodium.  Coffee is acidic and can irritate the stomach.  Recommending you avoid these at least a week or two, before your wedding day (even if you’re not planning for Aunt Flo). Bloating is no joke. Make sure you fit just perfectly into your wedding dress as you planned.

Are you nervous your ‘time of the month’ will be on your wedding day? Yes. But what if you don’t have enough time to disrupt the rhythm of your flow? Then that is ok too.

If Aunt Flo decides to crash your wedding uninvited – you will STILL have the best wedding. When you memorise the gorgeous details of your wedding day, Aunt Flo will be a distance memory.

Do not let your period ruin your wedding day!  Your period on your wedding day can be disheartening. However with the right protection – Aunt Flo, even though on the uninvited guest list won’t ruin your wedding day.

Build yourself a team of strong, positive and supportive bridesmaids. 

Joke around, have fun, take fun photos, make light of mishaps. Roll with the punches. The world carries on even during your period. Dance your heels off. Focus on the reasons you’re getting married.  You’re spending a lifetime with your bestie.  And again, congratulations on this beautiful and blessed time of your lives!

In conclusion

In summary, a consideration is what if your period is scheduled to make the most inconvenient appearance on your wedding day. Start with the period tracker.  Some ladies actually schedule their wedding around their time of the month. Knowledge is power, so learning about the 7 (mostly food and beverage related) natural methods and 2 not-so-natural methods give some insight. It is possible to manipulate the menstrual cycle, but it is not something that can be left to the last minute. This gives the opportunity to see your body’s reaction.

Nevertheless, even if it’s not bullet proof prevention, pack an emergency kit and get a strong and supportive MOH nearby.  Know which food and drinks to avoid.  Moreover, with the right protection and support – Aunt Flo, even though on the uninvited guest list won’t ruin your wedding day. And remember, just dance your heels off, look around the venue and soak in every moment of this absolutely beautiful journey of your life.

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*Note from the Editor:  By no means is this article a comprehensively seamless analysis or by any means official medical or confirmed information.