Menstruation is a natural phenomenon for every woman. It is an important part of her life as it signifies that a female is ready for reproduction. After a span of 22, 28, 30 days, a woman goes through the menstrual phase and the cycle continues. 

While getting your periods is mandatory there can be times when you would wish to delay your periods. You would definitely not want your periods to pop in between a wedding, an international holiday, a puja or as for that matter during a festival. Periods, as they say, do not come alone. It does come along with loads of pain and not to forget mood swings. But it is not a great idea to pop pills every time you need to delay your periods. The continuous popping of pills can lead to a hormonal imbalance in the body and disrupt your menstrual cycle immensely. Hence rather than going for medications there are a set of foods which can help you in keeping the period ''Santa'' at bay for few days.

Say no to medicines and yes to foods which can delay your periods efficiently!

5 Foods which can actually delay your periods

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is effective for delaying your periods.

Apple cider vinegar is not just great for fat loss and diabetes but is considered to be an effective home remedy for delaying your upcoming periods. It does not only push back your dates but can decrease the symptoms and blood flow once you go through the menstrual phase post delay. Add 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and consume it thrice in a day for about a week. This can delay the periods for about a week. So stock up some cider if you need it in an emergency.

2. Gram lentils

Lentils are great for delaying your periods.
Gram lentils are considered to be a potent remedy for delaying one's periods. It is actually a traditional remedy wherein gram lentils are fried and later powdered completely. The powder can be used as a soup base by adding adequate amounts of warm water. This soup needs to be consumed preferably in the morning on empty stomach for about a week before your expected date.

3. Cucumber

Cooling effects of cucumber help delay periods.

It is said that cold foods can help in delaying your periods. This crunchy vegetable is known to have a cooling effect on the body and hence can keep your periods at bay for quite some time. You need to consume it for about a week before your dates and see your periods coming sometime later.

4. Gelatin

Gelatin for quick relief!
Gelatin is a great remedy if you need to delay your periods. All you need to do is mix together a packet of gelatin and some warm water. If you are in an emergency then this remedy can give you rapid relief and delay your periods for about 4 hours.

5. Watermelon

Watermelon consumption can delay your periods!

Just like cucumber watermelon too has cooling properties which can help in keeping periods at bay for some time. Excess body heat can lead to early periods and hence eating watermelon can bring in some relief. So try and keep your body cool in order to see a delay in your periods.

Happy you :)

So each time you have to delay your periods do not pop in a pill, it is not a great thing to do! Do not make your body used to the pill-popping as it can pose problems in the near future :)