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    9 Tips to Handle Your Period on Your Wedding Day

    Updated 05 November 2020 |
    Published 06 December 2018
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    Your big day is fast approaching and it suddenly dawns on you — your wedding date will likely coincide with a visit from good old Aunt Flo. Whether it usually arrives in a punctual manner or tends to be irregular, the thought of having a period on your wedding day is enough to fill you with dread. Don’t panic. While having your period on a wedding day is certainly not ideal, you don’t have to let it ruin your big day. The 9 tips below will help you figure out how to navigate this tricky situation so that you can enjoy every moment.

    Use a period tracker

    If you’re one of those women who isn’t blessed with a super regular cycle, you may be completely in the dark about what day each month your period is meant to arrive. 

    Start tracking your cycle as soon as possible and you may surprise yourself and notice a pattern. This can take a lot of stress out of the guesswork that you’ve been doing up until now. Not only can you track when your period starts, but how long it lasts, on which days during your period your flow is heaviest or lightest, and any symptoms — including bloating, cramping, headaches, acne, tender breasts, fatigue, and cravings — that may show up as well.  

    You’ll feel a lot more prepared come your wedding day when you know exactly what to expect. 

    Consider talking to your doctor about skipping it

    This isn’t a last-minute fix, but with proper planning, some women can delay or manipulate their periods so that it doesn’t clash with something as important as a wedding day. If you’re on birth control — either the pill, the patch, or the NuvaRing — you can plan ahead so that you’re within the three weeks of taking active hormones during your wedding.

    Your doctor may even give you the go-ahead to take 2 rounds of active hormone birth control pills back-to-back or immediately replace the patch or NuvaRing and skip your period altogether. 

    This may be an especially appealing option for those who experience heavy menstrual bleedings or sickness during periods. You wouldn’t want to risk having to deal with nausea, vomiting, and severe cramps during your wedding.

    Talk to your doctor to come up with a plan to safely skip your period on your wedding day. 

    Try a menstrual cup

    There’s a good reason many women have stopped using pads and tampons, and it may be time you considered starting to use a menstrual cup too

    Tampons need to be changed every few hours, particularly on your heaviest days. If you forget or go too long without changing your tampon, you risk dangerous infection. Use the wrong size or insert it at the wrong angle, and you risk leakage. Not to mention all that waste collecting in landfills from disposable feminine hygiene products. 

    A menstrual cup is a reusable period product that collects blood instead of absorbing it and can be used for up to 12 hours without emptying. In other words, you can insert the cup before you put your wedding dress on, and forget about it until after you take it off.   

    There is a bit of a learning curve with the menstrual cup, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you’re used to inserting tampons. Start using it a few months before your wedding, and you’ll be good to go when your wedding day comes.