YOU DON ’T HAV E TO HAV E A PE­RIOD EV­ERY MONT H

Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH | FAST FIXES -

‘ You can stop pe­ri­ods with no risks to your health,’ says GP Dr Natalie Atere-Roberts. ‘One way is to go on the pill and take packs back to back, stop­ping your pe­ri­ods for three months. Skip the placebo pills, then re­peat the process – cut­ting the num­ber of pe­ri­ods you have to four a year. If you just want to de­lay one – say, if you’re go­ing on hol­i­day – try a pre­scrip­tion drug called norethis­terone. Take it three to four days be­fore your pe­riod is due and for as long as you want to de­lay it, but don’t take it for more than 17 days. Your pe­riod will start two to three days af­ter you stop tak­ing the drug.’

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