Period delay is a term used to describe the process of delaying your period from occurring at its usual time by using safe and effective medication. For many women, this is an attractive option when it comes to occasions like weddings, holidays and even sporting events that may otherwise fall in line with their period.

Understandably, many women are curious about the nature of period delay medication and want to know more before committing to it. Here, we’re going to tell you some of the important aspects of period delay, including how to delay period onset in the first place.

When Can You Delay Your Period?

There are no set rules for when it is appropriate to delay a period; it really depends on the personal discretion and situation of each individual woman. A period should not be delayed for a long period of time, but delaying it in the short term is perfectly common and is safe when done under the direction of a trained pharmacist. Your period can be delayed for up to two weeks using effective medication.

Some of the most common reasons why you may choose to delay your period include:

  • Going on holiday
  • Your wedding or the wedding of a friend or family member
  • Another family event
  • Your honeymoon
  • A weekend away
  • An upcoming festival
  • Going on a long haul flight
  • A sporting event, such as a marathon
  • Swimming (whether on holiday or for sport)
  • When working a particularly busy week

However, there may be other events that call for period delay. Whatever your reasons, there are effective ways to do it safely.

What Are The Benefits Of The Period Delay Pill?

Of course, the most obvious benefit to using medication to delay your period is that you obtain an increased level of control over when and where your period occurs. However, there are also several other key benefits to the period delay pill, which include:

  • Decreasing premenstrual symptoms such as mood swings and cramps, meaning you can enjoy an important event without worry.
  • Reducing painful periods, as these can be extremely debilitating – especially when trying to make the most of a holiday or partake in a sporting event.
  • Helping to treat the discomfort and pain associated with endometriosis.
  • Reducing heavy bleeding during or between periods. For women who often experience heavy flow as part of their period, this can be a concern when a big event is on the horizon.

For women in the advanced stages of breast cancer, period delay treatments have also been found to help significantly increase comfort levels.

How To Delay Your Period

period delay medicationNorethisterone to delay period

Norethisterone is a progestogen-type hormone which alters the balance of the female hormones oestrogen and progestogen. By providing this additional hormone dosage, the balance is shifted and the period is delayed until these extra hormones are removed from the body – i.e. when you stop taking the period delay medication. Your period will start within 2-4 days of stopping the treatments.

You should start taking Norethisterone tablets three days before you expect the start of your next period. Take one dose three times a day until you are ready for your period to return. You can delay your period using Norethisterone for up to two weeks.

Norethisterone side effects

Like all medications, Norethisterone may cause some mild side effects. The most common of these (thought to affect between 1 in 100 women and 1 in 1000 women) include:

  • Change in period patterns – e.g. irregular spotting, breakthrough bleeding or periods stopping altogether
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Less common side effects include:

  • Breast soreness
  • Bloating
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Fluid retention, which may worsen pre-existing migraines
  • Jaundice
  • Epilepsy

In very rare cases it is possible for users to have an allergic reaction to Norethisterone – a reaction that may even be life-threatening. Early symptoms of an allergic reaction may include wheezing and breathing difficulties, faintness, itchy skin or a rash, and swelling of the face, tongue, feet or hands.

If you believe that you may be allergic to Norethisterone, always consult a medical professional before taking the medication. More information about the potential side effects of Norethisterone may be found in the patient information leaflet that accompanies the pack.

Norethisterone effectiveness

Norethisterone is an extremely effective form of period delay treatment. When taken correctly, this medication will delay the onset of a period within 48 hours. It is possible to experience some light bleeding whilst on the medication but most women experience no bleeding at all.

Norethisterone alternatives: taking the pill back to back

While Norethisterone is a convenient and effective period-delay treatment, some women prefer to take their combined contraceptive pill back-to-back in order to delay a period. It is important to state that not all contraceptive pills can be used in this way and you should always consult your GP or healthcare provider before running medication back to back in this way.

Unless advised otherwise by your doctor, you should avoid taking more than two packs of the contraceptive pills without taking a break, as this may lead to side effects that include unexpected vaginal bleeding, stomach pains and bloating.

Effective period delay medication like Norethisterone is available safely and speedily through Express Pharmacy. If you have any queries about period delay, don’t hesitate to contact our team by calling 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet Live Chat service.