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How To Delay Your Period

It can be difficult to predict when your period will arrive each month in the UK, but this can be even more difficult when you have a special event, such as a holiday or a wedding. Fortunately, a few options are available to help you delay your period in the UK.

The first option is to take a medication called Norethisterone. Our clinician can prescribe this after a consultation. Norethisterone helps to delay your period by up to 17 days. It works by stopping the natural shedding of the womb lining and therefore delaying your period.

It is important to remember that Norethisterone should not be taken for more than 17 days without your doctor's approval.

It is also worth noting that taking Norethisterone does not always guarantee that your period will be delayed – it is simply a form of contraception. It can delay your period, but it should not be used if you want to prevent pregnancy.

The second option is to use a menstrual cup. This type of cup is inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid. It is then emptied and rinsed out every 8 to 12 hours, and it can be used to delay your period. This can be a helpful way to delay your period if you only have a short time


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  • Gives you control over your periods
  • Available in 5 mg dose
  • Sent from a registered pharmacy

How does Norethisterone work?

Norethisterone is a derivative of the naturally-occurring hormone progesterone and prevents the body from ovulating. It works by increasing the production of a hormone called progesterone, which stops the release of an egg from the ovaries. This blocks the eggs from being fertilized and therefore prevents pregnancy.

Norethisterone can also delay the start of a period for up to 17 days. This is because the hormone suppresses the production of the body’s natural hormone, oestrogen, which is required for the menstrual cycle to start. Norethisterone can also be used to treat heavy and painful periods and irregular menstrual cycles.

How to take Norethisterone?

  1. Take norethisterone exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Do not take larger or smaller doses or take them longer than your doctor recommended.
  2. Do not stop taking norethisterone suddenly unless advised by your doctor.
  3. Keep all scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
  4. Avoid alcohol, other drugs, or supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding or other serious side effects.
  5. Stay active and maintain a healthy diet to reduce the risk of side effects and complications from long-term use of norethisterone.
  6. Talk to your doctor before taking any other medication while taking norethisterone.
  7. Store norethisterone at room temperature, away from light and moisture.

What happens if you take norethisterone too late?

If you take norethisterone too late, it may not effectively postpone your period. You should take it as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist to ensure it works effectively.

Does norethisterone reset your cycle

No, norethisterone does not reset your menstrual cycle. It is possible for your next period to be delayed after taking norethisterone, however this is not always the case. Your doctor will be able to advise you on any potential changes to your menstrual cycle.

Norethisterone is a hormonal medication and works as a progesterone-like agent to delay your period. It works by stopping the natural hormones which cause the lining of your womb to shed, meaning that your period will be delayed.

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