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Periods and weddings: not exactly soulmates

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Today’s the day. Your hair is set, your dress is perfect and the venue looks stunning. Your soon-to-be in-laws haven’t yet kicked up a fuss and you’ve even managed to solve that last-minute crisis with the chairs. You’re ready. But then…

You must be joking.

Periods seem to have a habit of turning up at the worst possible time. And could there be a worse possible time?

But it can happen. Increased stress can change your natural cycle and make you start your period earlier than usual1. We’re yet to meet the bride who isn’t at least a little stressed out before her wedding day, so it’s a good idea to be prepared in advance.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world and it certainly doesn’t have to ruin your big day. Recruit a bridesmaid to help (that’s what they’re there for after all). They can carry spare tampons, remind you when to change (you’ve already got enough to think about) and even help get you out of the dress. Let’s be honest, that’s definitely a two person job.

As for the wedding night, this also doesn’t need to be ruined. Check out our advice on having sex during your period. We suggest talking to your new spouse (maybe wait until after the ceremony for this conversation) and putting a towel down to protect the bed. Then you’re good to go.

If you’ve got some time before your wedding day, it’s a great idea to plan ahead. You may not be able to control when your ideal venue is available, but you can change when your period shows up. If you take a monthly contraceptive pill, think about moving your period by missing out the placebos and going straight to the next pack. If you are planning to do this, always follow the instructions on the pack and check with your doctor first. Alternatively, ask your doctor about contraceptive options to reduce your number of periods, lowering the odds of it showing up on your wedding day and even your honeymoon. Think that sounds good? I do.