Periods and Contraception: the consequences on your menstrual flow

What are the direct and indirect consequences of our contraception on our rules ? When it comes time for choice of contraception, it is important to learn about the potential effects on her periods. Lag, irregularity, pain, absence of periods or even variable intensities, contraception can lead to a whole host of changes, modifications, upheavals in your menstruation.

Of the teenager who begins her sex life to the young mother after a layer return, we invite you to take the time to learn about the various contraceptive methods availables.
Periods and Contraception

Louloucup takes stock of the most well-known contraceptives and their potential impact on menstruation. Be careful, however, each woman, each menstrual cycle is unique. The facts advanced in this article are therefore general observations observed in the majority. They can vary from woman to woman.

Progestogen contraceptive methods

In this specific case, the means of contraception concerned are based on a single type of hormone, a synthetic progestogen. The rules are artificial and are there only to reassure the woman.

The progestogen or micro-dose pill

With the micro-dose pill, theovulation can come true. This type of pill is taken continuously, without interruption. No rules here. The tablets all dosed with progesterone prevent natural discharge and bleeding. Very low losses and mocking may occur during your cycle. Typically menstrual panties for light flow (Mia and Chloe) are ideal for coping with these episodic manifestations.

contraceptive pill

The implant

Ce progestogen subcutaneous device continuously delivers the substance into the body. The risk ofamenorrhea is strong with an implant (more than one in five women). Other women observe very irregular periods, slight or even anecdotal. Still others notice spotting.

The hormonal IUD

Just like the micro-dose pill or the implant, we observe noticeable disturbances on the periods with the hormonal IUD. If the copper IUD tends to increase the menstrual flow, it is the opposite with the hormonal IUD. Periods then become very short, very light and/or irregular. They decrease so much that they tend to completely disappear.

Injectable contraceptives

With contraceptive injections every 3 months, periods can be very disrupted. Spaced out, delayed, advanced or even absent, the rules are turned upside down.

Estrogen-progestogen contraceptive methods

Unlike progestogen contraception, estrogen-progestogen contraceptives consist of two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Depending on the contraceptive, menstruation can be delayed or even avoided.

The combined or mini-pill

With taking a mini-pill, ovulation does not occur. Two doses are possible with the combined pill: 21-day pack then 7 days of “menstruation” or 28-day pack. In this case, the grip is continuous, without interruption. The blister consists of 21 real tablets and 7 tablets placebos. Losses occur while taking placebos. They are due to the sudden drop in hormone levels.

The vaginal ring

The ring is placed in the vagina for 3 weeks, before being removed the week corresponding to the period. Vaginal ring users experience short rules et scarce. As with other hormonal contraceptives, the vaginal ring prevents ovulation. So there are no real rules. The blood of the fourth week corresponds to a drop in estrogen. Note that the ring is the device with the lowest dose of hormones (compared to the patch or the pill).

The contraceptive patch

A new patch is placed every week on his skin (belly, shoulder, back). On the fourth week, no patch is stuck and losses then occur. As with the ring, these are not real periods since ovulation does not occur. This is a withdrawal bleeding. Some make the choice to always keep a patch on them to avoid this bleeding.

contraceptive patch

Non-hormonal contraceptive methods

Do you prefer that no synthetic hormones intervene in your cycle and modify it? So-called non-hormonal contraceptive methods exist and have been proven. Without synthetic hormones, the body naturally follows the period . The rules therefore take place, they are true and there, impossible to avoid them!


A great classic of contraception, female and male condoms have a good protection index for both avoid pregnancy that for IS. The use of condoms has the advantage of having no effect on menstruation. On the other hand, you must always use a condom even during your period. The risk of get pregnant and sexual infections does not disappear during the few days of losses.

The copper IUD or copper IUD

The IUD or Copper intrauterine device is really practical for those who do not want hormones or occasional contraception such as condoms. However, the copper IUD generally makes menstruation a little longer, a little heavier and sometimes a little more painful than before the insertion. Besides, the copper IUD is not recommended for women or young girls experiencing a naturally abundant flow. These changes in menstruation are mostly observed in the first six months after insertion. Afterwards, many women notice an improvement and a near return to normal. Others, on the other hand, note a flow which remains very abundant or even haemorrhagic.

copper IUD

Spermicides, cervical cap and diaphragm

Cervical cap and diaphragm are used in addition to a spermicide. This type of local contraception and to be renewed with each new report has no impact on the rules. Chemical spermicides used excessively can produce irritation in some women but do not modify menstruation.

And the morning after pill?

These emergency contraception very practical is used in many cases: accident of torn condom, detached patch or forgetting to take the pill. Highly dosed in hormones, this tablet can have a impact on your period. By preventing ovulation, morning after pill can disrupt your cycle and disrupt the coming of your next period by several days, by delaying or bringing them forward. Small bleeding may also be observed. Everything should be back to normal in the next cycle.

means of contraception

IUD, pill, condom or patch, many solutions exist to avoid unwanted pregnancies. While some will be reassured to see the arrival of their period on a regular basis each month, other women prefer to do without it completely. Still others prefer the 0 hormone option with an all natural cycle.
Choosing the right contraception, adapted to her lifestyle, her body and her personality is fundamental in a woman's life. We hope to have helped you to see more clearly. ❤︎