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How To Stop your period After It Has Started – 10 simple tips

How to stop your period early ?

So, Aunt Flo has visited and you had made other plans? Well, a menstrual cycle, though an important part of a woman’s life, tends to be highly inconvenient, doesn’t it? Thankfully, there are ways to stop periods or at least delay them and, in this guide, we will discuss the common methods to do so that are both effective and safe.

First the harsh truth…

No- you cannot stop periods after they have begun!

To be honest, the title of this article might have misled you. The fact is: you cannot stop periods once they have started. You can certainly use remedies and conventional medicines to postpone or delay periods-but you cannot stop them completely once they have begun. Many women-younger girls especially-tend to believe that one can take Birth control pills or oral contraceptives to stop periods once they have started. The answer however is still NO. You cannot stop your periods once they have started even by taking an OCP but you can try some ‘stop period home remedies’ that actually divert blood away from the uterus, relax the uterine muscles and also reduce your flow.

How to make your period end faster ?

We will now discuss some effective ways to not just delay the onset of periods but also lighten up heavy periods so they end early.


You might not feel like it, but exercising actually helps relax the uterine muscles to stop or at least reduce period flow. If you exercise throughout the month, the chances are that you won’t experience PMS or pre-menstrual symptoms like bloating, cramping and moodiness. Exercising right through your period is actually safe. In fact; gynecologists the world over recommend light exercises throughout one’s period. A brisk walk or jog of 25-30 minutes, Yoga stretches, some weight training, cycling or even belly dancing can help you forget about your heavy period and also reduce bleeding.

Take Vitamins and minerals

Many vitamins and minerals get depleted just before the periods. Magnesium, iron and vitamin B6 and B12 are the ones women must focus on. These also relieve cramping and relax inflammation of the uterine walls. So, while these won’t stop your period once it has started, it can certainly reduce the symptoms of uneasiness. Vitamins A and C are antioxidants that can reduce free radical damage and control heavy periods. Vitamin K can also reduce monthly bleeding.

Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs reduce swelling of the uterine walls. If your period is especially heavy and causing back or stomach ache, then taking an Ibuprofen or two every few hours can help. This remedy does not stop periods but it can reduce bleeding and pain associated with it.

Eat pineapple

Yes; pineapple contains Bromelain which is now being tested for its effectiveness in treating many cancers including uterine cancer. Bromelain can to an extent, reduce monthly heavy bleeding.

Drink herbal teas

Many herbal supplements and teas contain properties known to relieve menstrual symptoms. Kava Kava, Valerian root, Wild Yam, Chamomile and Passionflower all reduce stress on the uterine muscles enabling them to relax. Other lesser known herbs that impact menstrual cycle include: California Poppy, Catnip, Chinese Peony, False Unicorn Root, and SkullCap. You can safely take 2 cups of these teas or a few drops of tincture every few hours to relieve cramping and reduce period flow.

Try Prostaglandin regulators

Prostaglandin regulators can reduce bleeding so you can get rid of your period and get on with your life. Many herbs contain such regulators including Willow Bark, Feverfew and


Taking them for a week before your period is due to arrive to delay its onset. Many herbs contain GLA or gamma linolenic acid can also stimulate Prostaglandin and regulate periods provided you take religiously for a week or two before your period’s start date.  Some herbs with natural GLA compounds are Evening Primrose, Borage and Black Currant.

Massage tummy with Clary Sage oil

Simply massaging abdominal muscles can relieve pain and relax uterine contractions to stop heavy periods. Also, herbal oils containing Clary Sage reduce heavy flow by diverting blood away from the uterus. Mix 6 drops of Clary sage oil and 6 drops of lavender essential oil with a few teaspoons of almond oil and massage the groin, pelvic and stomach.

Shepherd’s Purse tincture

Shepherd’s purse is an effective herbal remedy to stop periods early once they have started. Take ¼ or ½ teaspoon of tincture in water every 15 minutes until bleeding slows and stops completely.

Take Vitex and Blue Vervain

Both these herbs are known hormone regulators that can significantly reduce menstrual blood flow once it has started.

Raspberry and nettle tea

You can also make Raspberyy and nettle leaf tea to slow menstrual bleeding. This is one of the most effective natural ways to stop periods early.

There are many other herbal and natural stop period home remedies that work safely and effectively to finish a period early once it has started. These are Yarrow, Agrimony and Lady’s Mantle. It is best to consult an experienced herbalist before trying these remedies. You can also talk to a phsyician about permanent methods to stop period thought it might not be the most natural thing to do.