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 )? There are lots of good reasons that any woman would consider. Maybe it is your birthday tomorrow, or you are planning a special evening with your boyfriend, but you can’t enjoy yourself because you are experiencing 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 take 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 your period 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 importantly, eat healthy and exercise. Your body needs vitamins so eat a lot of fruit too. A secret tip is to eat green beans. All these ingredients will give you a very light period.

The party solution: Alcohol has been known to stop your period for a brief time – like a few hours, but you can’t drink every time you want to stop your menstrual cycle, 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 getting really close with someone, you should consider this method. Use these round spongy makeup 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. Chew 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 a permanent solution, read this article: How to Stop Having Periods.

Every woman and therefore 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 are 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.
  • Charlotte

    Does any of this stuff actually work? Feedback PLEASE?!

    • Liny

      Hello Ladies,

      we have a new Feature for you. From now on you can help each other in our community. Have Fun!


      • Anonymous

        i have my period now.. but for tomorrow i dont want to have it.. if i take this ibuprofen today and tomorrow, will my period be gone tomorrow?

    • Rachel

      Ibuprofen will slow down the bleeding and has done so for me, but it does not stop it. The rest of the ideas seem bad. I have heard that birth control pills will work if you keep taking them, but then you have side effects. The same with Dong quai.

      • Marion

        I can’t ask my doctor but is the ibuprofen one completely safe? It just seems like a lot of pain killer…I’m 14 and going on a school camp for 3 days the day after tomorrow and my period just started today and I would love to have 2 or at least one day off or slightly off. Anyone, please help it’s urgent!

    • Briana

      The first one ibuprofen it works

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Just drinking and bath but that’s only for short amounts of time

    • Anonymous

      I have prom Saturday and I’m suppose to start my period this week. Is there ANY way these tips would work to make it not come until next week or to make it end by Saturday if I start tomorrow?

      • Anonymous

        Get pregnant

      • Anonymous

        Lemons work !!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m only young but does the Ibuprofen work does it have side affects?

      • Anonymous

        Yah gal it does nt count age

    • Anonymous

      no!!! lol

    • Keke

      Ummm I have lemon juice in a cup now cuz I really don’t need my cycle on right now lol. Anyways if it works thank you god!!!

      • Ashly

        Did it ?

    • Krissie

      Yes these work alcohol….lots and lots of water and ibuprofen works lots of water going to try the lemon but exercise water juice lighten

  • I’m trying the ibrufen just now, gony try gelatine tomorrow so let use know

    • Liny

      I’m sure it will work for you. Keep me updated. Gelantine works really well for me.

      • Anita

        Is “gelantin” actually gelatin? If so, do you use a whole box? How much water do you mix it with?

      • Allison

        Where can you buy gelantine?

      • nshlasnhla

        Laira so how do you do the lemon one and how long does it takes to stop

    • Ash

      Did the gelatin actually work???

    • Ash

      Did the gelatin actually work?

  • Laurie

    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.

  • Laurie


  • Charlotte

    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

    • Anonymous

      Honey your too young to be going on holiday with your boyfriend and being intimate with him.

      • Anonymous

        Lol yess

      • Unknown

        Use lime juice

    • Anonymous

      Honey your too young to be going on holiday with your boyfriend.

    • Monique

      The fact that you don’t want your mom to know proves you are to young to be having sex.

    • Me

      Don’t have sex with your boyfriend. That is the best advice anyone will give you. Guys use girls. If he really loved you, he would take care of you by respecting your purity, and your soul. Wait till you get married. Then you don’t have to worry about pregnancy and birth control, either. Sex is for having babies. That is what it is designed for.

  • Charlotte

    I think I will do no 2 5 7 8 because I think they would work

    • aynesha

      So Do You Just Drink Lemon Juice Or Eat The Lemon?? What Do you Do With The Lemon??

  • Lyra

    The lemon one works a dreams stopped it for about 2 days !?!? So happy

    • Hannah

      Doin the lemon one right
      How long does it take to work?

      • Toiya

        Did the lemon work?

    • Toiya

      I’m going to try this, how many lemons do I need to suck on lol

    • jennifer

      did you eat the lemon whole

    • Anonymous

      How long u use lemon?

    • Angel

      Does the lemon on really stop period’s early ? How long it takes ?

    • Allison

      How long did you suck on the lemon and how often

    • Diana

      Does the lemon really work?

  • Jordan

    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.

  • Kaylee

    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

  • 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

  • babiigirl

    Will regular vinegar work????

    • Amina

      i want to stop my period because i’m going swimming for about 2 hours polease reply immediately

  • sweet

    Can you use lemon & salt or just suck plain lemon? I need to know NOW!

  • hiera

    Does normal vinegar work? I’m going to a concert on saturday so I’d love to stop it!

  • jennifer

    absolutely not one of those things work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ellz

    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

    • jennifer

      what did you do for the lemon trick i ate the whole lemon and i still have my period

  • 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.

  • Jazzzz

    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

  • lisha

    I hate having period cramps hoe do i get rid of thrm

    • Liny

      Hey, try this ebook, it worked best for me best and in long term. My cramps got so much better: Menstrual Cramps Cure

      You also can read our new articles (1 2 3) on the blog they are about period cramps relief.

    • Annonymus

      For me a heating pad or giving myself an orgasm

  • Maria

    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

    • Paige

      Did this work?

    • Toiya

      Did the gelatin work for you, if so how long?

    • Kandid

      Hey Maria, did the gelatin work? Im considering doing it….

    • Moni

      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!

    • Moni

      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 !

    • Anonymous

      Did the jello mix work?

    • Anonymous

      Please let me know bc I’m sure going to try it

  • sarah

    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

  • Mikayla

    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!

    • Ivy

      Read the article before you post a stupid comment

  • Follow the steps and the lemon one is good also try making lemon juice outta it (real lemons)!!!!!

  • Yes! Finally something about menstrual cramps.

  • Paige

    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!?

  • Linh

    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!

  • Debbie

    The lemon trick!

    • Toiya

      Explain? How long does it take to work, and how long does it stop it? All I have to do is suck on a lemon?

  • a.

    how long does the lemon trick take to work

  • ashley

    I am just trying it today, but heard from multiple people that sucking on a lemon slice every few hours really works!

    • Toiya

      How did it go for you?

  • jennifer

    does the lemon trick work and how do you do it? suck on it for how long ?

  • Toiya

    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