What can I do? I was invited to a cruise with a friend that I really like,
but the days are exactly during my period. Is there a way to avoid getting my period during those days, or postpone it to I get back? I am 47 and not taking any kind of pill or contraceptive.
--Period in My Way Winona
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Dear Period in My Way Winona--
I'm not sure when you are leaving for this cruise, but the only way you can postpone your period is to get on a hormonal birth control. You can take the Pill, use the Nuvaring, or the Patch (this one may not be recommended since there can be serious side effects).
These hormones will regulate your period and keep it at bay, as long as you continue to use them. You can get your period every 4th week if you want, but if you are scheduled to be on the cruise that week, just skip the 4th week of pills (they don't contain hormones), and go right into starting a new pack of pills. If you are using the Nuvaring, place a new ring inside you at the start of the 4th week (instead of the 5th week) and if you are using the Patch, skip the patch-free week and apply a new patch at the beginning of the 4th week.
This is safe to do since the period you are getting while using hormonal birth control isn't a "real period". Talk to your doctor about which method may be right for you before you start interfering with nature!
If you are not into taking hormonal birth control, just use tampons. They're discreet, you can swim with them and you can keep one in for up to 8 hours. Hope this helps and have fun on your trip!