Put a (Nuva)Ring On It!
Ahhh wedding season. Fancy dresses, endless cocktails, and relatives forcing you to pose for just one more photo. Oh, and you know that one aunt that you can’t stand but who shows up to every family event whether she is invited or not? Yeahhhh, you know the one. Well, what if there was a way to ensure this particular relative stays away for the day? For many women, Aunt Flo is the one guest you hope to never have to deal with on your wedding day whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest. The best way to prevent this is by being on birth control. Click here to read about birth control options to prepare for your honeymoon! Buttttt if you’re not on any form of contraception, there are still ways to make sure you have a spectacular time!
If possible, schedule your wedding day so it doesn’t coincide with your time of the month. Obviously, this is a lot easier said than done, especially for folks who have irregular periods. So, what happens if you find yourself getting married when your period arrives? For starters, take your usual remedy to ease your cramps and wear a tampon or a menstrual cup; the latter is a reusable period product that collects blood instead of absorbing it and can be used for up to 12 hours without emptying. This means you can insert the cup before you put your wedding dress on and forget about it until after you take it off. Cool, right?
These are backup methods in case you don’t have time to adjust to a form of birth control. On average, it takes at least 3 months to test out the birth control method that works best for you; your menstrual cycle may also change during this time meaning your period may go away or simply shift in length of cycle and heaviness. The good news? If you begin taking the pill shortly before your wedding, your period will most likely be light anyway. If you want to skip your period completely, simply take your next cycle of birth control pills in place of the placebo or sugar pills. (Check out Pandia’s #PeriodsOptional campaign to learn more!)
Now, let’s get to the juicy part of why it’s important to be on birth control ESPECIALLY on your wedding day: sex. If there is any risk that you or your partner could become pregnant during sex, take birth control! If you’re not on birth control, be sure to have emergency contraception on hand. Pandia recommends Ella as it is the most effective form of emergency contraception and it works up to 5 days after unprotected sex. BUT it becomes less effective with each passing day so try to take it sooner rather than later. IMPORTANT: emergency contraception does NOT protect against STDs so be sure to wear a condom no matter what!
You probably don’t want to deal with pregnancy symptoms whether it’s your wedding or your best friend’s your sister’s — fatigue, nausea, and a rapidly changing body is a big no no! If you’ve got the time to figure out a form of contraception that works for you, start sooner rather than later. You might get some initial breakthrough bleeding or bloating as your body adjusts to the hormones but you may also experience clearer skin and positive changes in weight.
Ultimately, weddings can be stressful. If you’re freaking out about all of the things that still need to get done, TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Everything is going to work out and the ceremony will be magical no matter what. If you’re concerned about not being on birth control on your wedding day, Pandia Health can get you set up with a method that works for you in minutes! The company hosts a wonderful team of doctors who are available to chat online 24/7 and ensure confidentiality, convenience, and care.
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