Hormonal birth control
Using hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills or the ring, is the only reliable method of taking control of the menstrual cycle.
The combined pill, which contains both estrogen and progestin, is the most effective method for controlling periods. People take hormonal pills for 21 days, then stop taking them or take a dummy pill for 7 days. They have their period in these 7 days.
People can stop taking the hormonal pill early to make their period come earlier.
Note that if a person does not take their birth control pills as their doctor prescribes, they may be less reliable in terms of preventing pregnancy.
People can also skip their period using birth control, which doctors generally consider safe.
Gentle exercise may loosen the muscles and help a period come a little faster. However, the evidence for this method is anecdotal, and research has not confirmed that it works.
Some people have irregular periods because of vigorous exercise regimes. Exercising in moderation could help to restore the hormones needed to bring back a regular menstrual cycle.
Scientific research shows that high levels of stress have links to menstrual irregularities.
Finding ways to relax and de-stress may help, particularly if a person finds that their period is late or absent due to stress.
Gentle yoga, journaling, meditation, and time with friends and loved ones can all help to keep stress levels down.
Believe it or not, sex and orgasm could also help to bring on a period.
The combination of the hormones produced during sexual activity and uterine contractions during orgasm may help to dilate the cervix and help the uterus begin to shed its lining.
Diet and weight
Changes in a person’s body weight can affect their period. Low body weight can cause irregular periods or may even cause periods to stop entirely. This is because the body needs some fat to produce hormones related to menstruation.
Having a high body weight or experiencing a sudden change in weight can also cause irregular menstrual cycles.
Some people may notice that certain foods can delay or speed up their period and affect how heavy the flow is and its duration. This may be due to the relative fat, protein, and other nutrient content in foods.
Extreme calorie restriction or excessive exercise can both have an impact on the reproductive hormones and affect ovulation.