How to Stop Your Period for One Day

how to stop your period for one day
Many women want to stop their period to take a vacation

Why would you want to stop your period for one day ( see infographic )? Maybe it is your birthday tomorrow or you are planning a special night with your boyfriend but you can’t enjoy yourself because you have period bleeding and cramps? Maybe suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and you want to reduce or eliminate your symptoms?

how to stop your period for one day
Many women want to stop their period to take a vacation

There are eight ways how to stop your period for one day or at least a few hours.

Can Ibuprofen Be Used to Stop Your Period for One Day?

Take Ibuprofen: Three Ibuprofen every six hours on a full stomach will give you a relaxed day without your period by reducing your flow about 50%. Stay under the maximum dosage for a day and don’t do it every day. Ask your doctor before you start taking so much Ibuprofen to stop your period. There are other things you should know about taking Ibuprofen to stop your period, read “Does Ibuprofen Stop Your Period?

The natural way: You won’t be able to stop it completely this way, but it will be very light. First drink a lot of water, take a bath and drink a few more glasses of juice. Most important, eat healthy and excercise. Your body needs vitamins so eat a lot of fruit too. A secret tip are greenbeans. All these ingrediens will give you a very light period.

The party solution: Alcohol stops your period for a few hours, but you can’t get drunk every time you want to stop it so this method has a very limited use.

Vinegar: Though vinegar can’t stop your cycle completely it can slow your flow and regulate your period. Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glassful of water and drink it. During your period, you could do this three times a day.

Hide it: If you are planning on having sexy time with someone, you should consider this method. Use these round spongy make up pads and your flirt won’t notice it. Another solution is to use a tampon cut to a third or half. Keep the string attached to make it easier to pull it out.

Gelatin: With this method you can stop your period for a few hours. Buy gelatin from the grocery store and mix a package with water. Drink it fast and in about three hours your period should stop.

Lemon: That’s a tip your old aunty would give you, but it works. Suck on a piece of lemon and your period will stop or at least cut short. Read more about how to stop your period with lemon.

Ask our community: If you want to know what other women do to stop their period ask a question in our community.

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Bonus Tip: If you are considering permanent solution, read this article: How to Stop Having Periods.

Every women and therefor every period is different. Not all of the tips will work for every woman. Try a few and see what has the best effect on you. If you experiencing pain or heavy bleeding go and see a doctor.

Call me "Sam". I'm an assistant editor at The Access Project, a Mother, a Single Parent, and an Architect. That's about as many roles as I have time for, but I am committed to supporting women's health and access to information.


  1. I’m 27 years old and in decent shape. I tired the ibprophen with no luck. 🙁 I even went to the extremes of taking 3 shots of tequila all it did was make me get goose bumps. My period is still here.

  2. I’m going on holiday with my bf and I don’t want to go to the doctor because I’m under 16 I was thinking of the tablets but I don’t want my mum to know what shall i do

  3. My period came this morning and since then ive taken my first dose Ibruprofen, sucked a lemon, drunken vinegar, also dabbed vinager on my cliterous as instructed by another website? now off to buy gelantin… i hope one of these methods work. If all else fails then no.6- hide it.

  4. Hi, i was just soaking in the bath and I only had 5 hrs of bleeding before I got in. So I’ve been in for 3 hours and there’s not blood at all!! Hope this helped

  5. my period is due in about 2 weeks and I am having a fun weekend with my boyfriend in 2 weeks. which on of those will work the best. I’m hopefully for 2 full days of no period

  6. The Lemon one has worked for me multiple times. So has ibueprofin. Ibueprofin can also delay it if taken two weeks before your cycle is supposed to begin! <3

  7. You do not need a period!There is no reason to have one.I hear all the time,well, my system needs to ‘clean everything out.’If there is no mess no need to clean anything! ‘If it ain’t broke- as they say- then don’t try and fix it!’
    If that ‘electrical’ signal isn’t sent from the pituitary gland in the brain then no uterine lining build up- no released ova(but you can shed the lining, but not release an egg and visa versa)then nothing to shed or ‘clean up’ as I have been told.
    There are some cultures -or areas actually- of the world where the females do not have a period! Yet,they have children!They train the young females how to control the cycle like urination -it had to be controlled or the child would urinate until he or she gains ‘control’ through training then it is ‘automatic as it were.
    There is a goal to train a child or reason- the parents don’t want to change diapers forever! But,there is no goal or distressing reason to train them for a female just get ready and prepare- don’t prevent.
    Why females? As opposed to males obviously their organs-glands-design lend themselves to menstruation if nothing is done to control or prevent the process!
    I know of females who menstruate once a year and have children,are healthy etc.One I met only had her period around Christmas and that was it!Some have a one or at most two day period with no untoward symptoms.Why?
    One obstetrician (now deceased)with some 50 years experience told me he had had many females tell him in private and with guilt or that something was not right expression on their face that they have NEVER had a period and had children and were healthy.He would tell them rejoice!!!After I went over my work with him he said ‘now I can tell them why’ or words to that effect!
    I will set up a website explaining my research in full when I get funds.I will write a book on the subject as well as bring how I discovered all of this as well as my discoveries and experiments,etc.

  8. When I had my last bby my period was so heavy the doctor put me on 3 birth control pill twice a day and my cycle was gne on the 3rd day

  9. I just drank a whole cup of gelatin ( strawberry jell-o mix) with water and I’m going to wait for three hours and then I will report back to let everyone know if it works or not I have read this in other places that it works so we’ll see it also tasted real good until I got to the end then yuck somehow it didn’t taste all that good but it should taste better than drinking something weird lol anyhow I will report back in three hours

    • Hey Maria so idk if it worked for you, but i tried it and the gelatin didn’t work :/ the lemon one didn’t work either but hey not everyone is the same we all have to consider that when doing these tricks. I haven’t tried the ibuprofen tho.. Don’t think I will tho that one just doesn’t seem to convincing. Anyways just wanted to ask if you had or anyone else had side effects because I did:(
      The Lemon gave me extra cramps and the gelatin which was plain WAS HORRIBLE and taste gross it smelled like sewer water -____- all that did was give me a heavier flow and was bloated with nasty pains :'( anyone else has this happened ???
      I think just let it flow cuz none seemed to work I think I’m just gna regulate it with birth control . Best of luck to you girls trying these!

    • Hey ladies I also tried the gelatin thing and NO IT DIDN’T WORK for me:/ just remember though we are all different just because it didn’t for me doesn’t mean it wont for you. I have horrible cramps and I’m very irregular( sometimes I get my period 2x a month or I have it almost the whole month) that’s why I tried it but honestly these were my results for the following :
      GELATIN: plain(flavorless) mixed in glass of warm water..
      RESULT: heavier flow, horrible bloating, and pains of fullness and cramps…and not to mention the disgusting taste #yuck it smelled like sewer water -____-

      LEMON: sucked on a whole lemon
      ( >_<)
      RESULTS: lighter flow lasted 3 days that time BUT cramps were 10000x worse literally stayed in bed the whole day idk why.

      I don't plan on the ibuprofen well good luck ladies it might work for you you're gna have to try it I wasn't the lucky few and I learned to just let nature happen and I'm going for BC instead next week to help regulate it. Hope this helps !

  10. hi does anyone know if taking a period delay tablet , on the day that you are expecting your period will actually work to stop it from coming pls ? .. as i forgot to start the pills from 3 – 4 days as the tablet prescribes . thanks

  11. Hey, im going to a party on saturday and theres a very special boy there i want to know how to stop it for that day….. thanks!

  12. I started my period today, and I have a really big date tomorrow and I can’t disappoint, some one please help me out and let me know the best way possible to stop your period for a few hours!?

  13. Valentines Day is tomorrow and I already bought an entire sexy outfit for my boyfriend…and i just got my period about 3 days ago. Which one of these methods work the best? PLEASE HELP!

  14. I am drinking lemon juice can someone please tell me if there is anything special I need to do to make my period disappear for a few days? I am going on a romantic vacation with my husband tomorrow and I came on my period some time during the night last night:-( Help Please


  16. I have a sexy date in 2 days and want to know if the lemon one works immediately or is one of the ‘do it early’ methods. Also, how long and how much lemon do you needr suck on for it to stop completely?

  17. I have a sexy date in 2 days and want to know if the lemon one works immediately or if its one of the do it early methods. Also, how long and how much lemon do you needr suck on for it to stop completely?

  18. : SO do I suck the lemon just like that or what ? ._. damn it .help me people .I got a special event coming up .my menstruation just came 🙁

  19. i have a swimming test and i really need to delay my periods i am very young im 14 can someone please give me some tips as i always have to make excuses n it is a big test so i cannot make anything up and i dont want to use a tampon ive never used on before and dont no how to

  20. Thought, I would try and help the lemon and ib profen I heard work well together every few hours, and there is also they said men cannot even feel it in you while having sex, so if the others don’t work get a soft cup as a back up they said walgreens usually has them.

  21. I’m having a pool party with all of my friends and the guy I like, stuff was supposed to happen if you know what I mean, and I just got my period today so I didn’t know which method would work well to try until then! If I drink shots of lemon tonight, throughout tomorrow and Saturday will it be gone Saturday night? and how well did the gelatin work!? Please help.

  22. I am using strawberry jello mix in a gatorade bottle of water….have taken iburprphan, and did the viniger….getting a lemon soon, hope this works ladies….I need it to stop asap!!!

  23. I just started my period today.. i have date with my friend.. of course we plan a special night. so what is good to stop or delay atleast til sunday. help please

  24. just a quick question.. i have around 6-8 hours to remove my period for at least one or two days i’m spending his birthday with him today & tomorrow and need to get this stupid thing gone, i want to do something special but my period will ruin all my plans :c

  25. So tomorrow is the act at my school, and we only have to go to school till like 11, then me and my boyfriend are going to be home alone until about six that night. Its going to be mine and his first time and I got my Period Saturday night, I’ve been drinking a lot of water, exercising, and taking vitamins, I just bought a lemon and some gelatin today. My ACT is tomorrow at 7:30 am and lasts 4 hours so should I drink the gelatin before the ACT? I want my period to be gone from like 1-3. please help?

  26. I’ve got 3 hours left before my new hun comes over!!!!
    Trying the lemon and gelatin afterwards lol
    Hopefully it helps quick!!!!
    Ahhh I’ve been waiting for this night.
    Won’t let my p ruin it for me haha

  27. So I’ve tried the sucking on lemon and so far so good, however, I’m still experiencing the stomach cramps. Is this normal for anyone who has used the lemon?

  28. Which one works the fastest and best. My fiancee is coming over and I want tonight to be very special but I can feel my period about to come on and I have a little bit of spotting goiin on right now

    • Yes, lime does work. I drank lime “juice” (apparently you don’t need to literally eat a lime) and it stopped my period in around an hour later. I’ll check back later to tell everyone how long it lasts.
      Hope this helps