How to Put a Full Stop to Your Period

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Sometimes, our periods make us feel like amazing god-like creatures. A testament to the wonder of nature! A reminder that our bodies are capable of some truly out-of-this-world things! 

And sometimes…not so much. Many people have long, drawn-out periods that leave them anemic, or severely depressed. Some people experience menstrual pain that feels off the charts, and gets in the way of daily life like work or school.

Or, periods can cause a monthly bout of gender dysphoria. But, there’s nothing you can do about it right—periods are a fact of life?

Well, there are actually ways you can put your period on hiatus, even permanently. There are also medications that you can take to make the symptoms of periods more manageable by reducing the flow of menstruation. This however, isn’t a long term cure. Here’s what you need to know about your options. 

Long-Term Solutions For Ending Your Period

One of the easiest ways that people can skip periods is by using combination birth control pills. These contraceptive pills combine estrogen and progestin, which suppress ovulation and stop the lining of your uterus from thickening.

Generally, your combined pills come in a 28-day pill pack. It has 21 days of ‘active’ pills and then seven days of sugar pills. (These sugar pills help keep you in the habit of taking your pill at the same time every day, which is great for forgetful folks!)

If you simply don’t take the placebo pills and start your next pack of active pills, you won’t have your period, though you may experience some spotting. 

But, if you’re looking for something a little more long term, there are other things you can try:

Hormonal IUDs

Have you ever seen an IUD in real life? They’re adorably teeny tiny! IUDs (intrauterine device) is a type of contraception that a doctor inserts into your uterus through the cervix. It stays in your body for 3-10 year depending on the type, assuming you don’t remove it early.

There are non-hormonal copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs that slowly release the same hormones as a contraceptive pill. The latter type stops your period, about 80% of the time.

Progesterone Only Contraception

Progestin injections are a type of contraceptive you may not have heard of. The most common brand name is Depo-Provera, and unlike the pill, you only get a dose of medication every 3 months. It’s estimated that after getting these contraceptive shots for a year, about 70% of people stopped having their period.

There are other side effects you may notice (like any contraceptive) so be sure to talk to your doctor in depth about this choice. 

Testosterone Therapy

Some trans men and non-binary people opt for testosterone therapy. 

Along with stopping your period, it will cause your voice to deepen, facial hair to grow thicker, and a change in how fat and muscle are distributed in your body. Some of these changes are permanent, and some are temporary.

It’s a big decision, which may affect your future fertility. So, if you’re considering testosterone therapy, it’s best to talk to doctors who are knowledgeable and have experience with trans patients. That may mean looking outside your community for clinics that specialize in treatment for transgender people.

Remember, it’s okay to prepare questions! And, choosing not to have hormone therapy doesn’t make you ‘less’ trans than anyone else. 

Ending Your Period Permanently 

If the above long-term solutions to ending your period aren’t going to cut it, you can ask your doctor about the below treatments:

Endometrial Ablation 

You may not have heard of this procedure, but it is a solution to lighten or stop heavy periods. Essentially, it involves surgically destroying the lining of your uterus using small tools. 

It may be done in a doctor’s office, or in an operating room. And, different methods are used: extreme cold, heated fluids, microwave energy or high-energy radio frequencies.

Ablation can typically only be done once or twice. As it can effect the future of someone’s fertility, providers generally only recommend it to people who don’t plan on carrying any more children. 

If pregnancy does occur, they can be particularly high-risk and result in miscarriage or with implantation happening in the fallopian tubes or cervix instead (ectopic pregnancy).

So, your doctor may suggest permanent sterilization with the ablation or other contraceptive methods to prevent a dangerous pregnancy. 

Hysterectomy

When you are sure that pregnancy and periods are things that have absolutely no place in your life, then a hysterectomy is a permanent solution. This means the removal or partial removal of your uterus, and can include the removal of your ovaries and fallopian tubes as well.

It can be done vaginally or through the abdomen. 

As many as 1 in 3 women in the United States will get a hysterectomy by age 60, according to the CDC. Many people get hysterectomies in response to fibroids, uterine prolapse or cancer. Unfortunately, you may run into many roadblocks if you’re seeking an elective hysterectomy at a younger age.

Many doctors are reluctant to offer them to people during their reproductive years because it is so permanent. 

If you do find a doctor willing to help you get a hysterectomy, be sure to ask a lot of questions about life after the procedure. You may want estrogen therapy for example. And, if you have questions about your sex life post-hysterectomy, make sure that you are very specific. Most doctors mean ‘penis in vagina intercourse’ when they refer to sex, so ask questions about oral sex, masturbation, etc. 

Slightly less invasive versions of the traditional abdominal hysterectomy are also an option. This includes laparoscopic and vaginal surgeries. 

Are You Ready To Put An End To Your Periods?

The only one who can answer that question is you! But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do plenty of research and ask your doctor (or several doctors) a lot of questions. As you’ve read above, there are plenty of options for ending your period on a long-term or permanent basis!

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21 thoughts on “How to Put a Full Stop to Your Period

  • Hello mam thank you so much for your information but I have a question that is there any solution for take a seconds of time of duration for periods and it’s executed for the whole world women
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    • I have advocated what l call Cycle Control for a great many years. I have a ms l couldn’t get printed as it was such an unusual subject.
      There is NO reason to have a period! Zero! It represents destruction. Why would a very young female have a monthly cycle when there is no desire to become pregnant? It takes a tremendous amount of nutrients to have a cycle! It’s a drain in the body of someone who is far too young to have a child.
      For those wanting to become pregnant they having a cycle then represents construction not destruction as with an endless non productive draining and many times a painful cycle.
      My research has continued over the years off and on. From my original thought flash( my term for sudden ideas that come to me in my researches ) on the cycle that it wasn’t necessary.
      I trained some females to stop their cycle. It was successful. It’s mental training. I hope to redo my ms with new information. I think meant open minded women are ready Cycle Control.
      A mind is like a prarchute- it’s no good unless it’s open!

      • Hi! Can you please elaborate on how it’s possible for someone to do this? I’d like to learn more and I can’t find information about this online.

        • Hi Howard,

          thank you for contacting us. It would be best if you talk to your doctor about this topic.

          Best regards,

          • Hi Ashuntibogu,

            thank you for your question, it would be best and safest if you talk to your doctor about this. We hope you will get your answer.

            Best regards

        • for answering a question professionally do young ppl dont do dumb sh/t? id say they did a great job at explaining everything

        • I’m assuming you’re a man? stop being a fucking control freak, over women you don’t know. we aren’t baby machines. and if you’re a woman, that’s just sad. what are you looking for? validation? honestly.

    • Hi Varsha,

      thank you for this question. Please advise your doctor, they will know how to help you.

      Good luck and have a great day

  • totally new to me. in my country’s websites—they love there own culture—, there’s nothing to search. so many people think “period makes you special in many ways.”… only popular thing is period pads. there was nothing to possible alternatives even few years ago. nor menstrual cups nor even tampons. what a thoughtless days.

  • Thank you so much for this article! I have a few questions! Are there certain ages you must be to receive any of these treatments (hysterectomies especially) such as being over 21, etc.

    My second question is about the pills and injections. How long do they last, and if your period doesn’t completely stop, are hysterectomies a good decision if you are sure you won’t have kids?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jade,

      thank you for your question, but unfortunately, we can not give you the answer. Please ask your doctor, we are sure he or she has all the information needed, and will advise you in accordance with health regulations.

      Have a great day!

  • I’m a trans guy and I had been wondering for a long time on how to get rid of my period and the article really enlightened me in that subject so thank you. Also how do you get Testosterone?

    • Hi Lee,

      thank you for your kind words. For other question, please contact your doctor, they would probably know how to advise you about hormones and period.

      Have a great day

  • Hello my name is londyn and I just got my period four days ago which was on Father’s Day and I do a lot of sports like, hip-hop, softball,tennis,and cross country I’m about to turn 14 soon and I’m a very sensitive person and I hate wearing a pad so I tried putting a tampon in for the first time which did not work until finally I got it in and it hurt so bad I could feel it inside my stomach then I took it out three hours later and let me tell u it sucked, when I took it out it was so bloody end it hurts so bad to get out I was screaming and in tears and saying I could never do this again, later that day I had to go to dance and it was so hard to dance with a Pad in because I felt like blood was gonna drop out and I was nauseous and dizzy this should not be happening to me I’m only 13 this is eve shouldn’t ate the apple and I really want to get rid of my period, my birthday is coming up and I’ll be on my period, so I don’t know what I’m gonna do! and I’m inviting so many people it’s not fair! And I really want to get rid of my. It’s painful except I don’t get any cramps and I have really bad anxiety and I was highly sensitive person so I need a way to get rid of it and I don’t know any doctors so please help me my mom wants me to have kids in the future but I told her no I hate having a period but I don’t know what to do please help me.

    • Hi Londyn,

      thank you for your question. We are so sorry to hear you are feeling this bad regarding your period. It should be easier, so here are few options: talk to your doctor to make it less painful and try using menstrual cups. You must explore and see what is the best fit for your body. We are sure you will succeed in the end. Good luck!

      Best regards

      • Wow I am so sorry that you went through that! Can you talk about this to your mom or a trusted adult? Regarding the tampon that hurt, perhaps you need a teen size tampon for lighter flow? You can use a light absorption tampon along with light thin pantry liners for back up during sports. It could be that you stuck it in too deep and I’m sure that was very scary for you 😕 if you don’t want to talk with a trusted adult maybe ask the school nurse about this. I know it can suck and since you’re still so young it’s good to get all the info and make yourself as comfortable with the process as possible because you’ve got plenty of more years of this period stuff to deal with. It’s great that you’re reaching out and asking for help!

  • Hello mam,
    Myself Naseema. I want to ask when usually a woman gets menopause.
    My mother’s age is 50 and she is still getting periods,she is frustrated with it and want to stop it permanently.Is there any way to stop it without harming body?Or she should wait for menopause?

    • Hi Naseema,

      thank you for your question, but this is something you should ask your, or your mom’s doctor. They will know the answer.

      Best regards

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