Please note that you should always consult your doctor and get a suitable medication prescribed to you. Do not try anything without first consulting a medical professional about your particular case.

This article is meant to help women to understand that there are options out there if menstruation doesn’t occur and if your cycle is completely irregular. If you are concerned about any of these issues, please talk to your doctor about suitable remedies.

Menstruation can be a serious nuisance to most women. Every month you get a visitor from “aunt Flo” or you have to tell someone that it’s “shark week”. However, not getting your monthly menstrual period can also be a big cause for concern for most women. Are you pregnant? Are you ill? Is there a serious problem? All of these questions could rattle around in your brain and cause serious stress.

What should you do when your menstruation is late?

The first thing you can try if you are sexually active is take a pregnancy test. This should be done when you are about five days late because you should get a definitive answer by this point.

Once you’ve ruled that option out, check whether or not any medication you’ve taken could cause this delay. The obvious medications that can cause delays are hormone-based drugs, like oral contraceptives, or the injection or implant contraceptives. The morning-after pill can also influence your menstrual period for a few cycles.

If none of these solve the riddle, it’s time to talk to your doctor about potentially using prescribed medication to start your menstrual period.

How these prescribed remedies work

If your menstrual period is late by over 10 days, it’s possible to induce menstruation with hormone-based medications. Your doctor can prescribe something that will assist with regulating your cycle and normalizing the menstrual bleeding period.

The most common method of inducing menstruation

The most commonly used medication for inducing menstruation is a progesterone-based pill . This will raise the levels of the hormone in your body to trick it into thinking that ovulation has taken place and that the lining of the uterus now needs to build up. You then stop taking the drug and menstruation will begin as it would in a normal cycle.

A milder way to control the menstrual cycle

The mildest way to induce menstruation with a medication is to use a vaginal cream. This should also be prescribed to you by a doctor. You apply the cream directly to the vagina and the hormones are absorbed through the skin. These are often prescribed for women who are not sexually active but want to regulate their cycles. The creams are also safe for pregnant women to use because they are usually progesterone-based, and this hormone is usually at high levels in the body during a pregnancy.

Possible side effects

Oral medications are a lot stronger than the creams and tend to have more potential side effects. These include symptoms like nausea, dizziness and breast tenderness, to name a few.

These symptoms may seem similar to those experienced in the early stages of pregnancy. This is because you are increasing your levels of progesterone, the same thing that happens naturally when you fall pregnant.

Remember: Your doctor is the best person to talk to about these drugs, and will give you a medical recommendation that suits your body.