The Noriday pill is a brand of “mini-pill”, falling under the category of hormonal contraception. It uses norethisterone as its active ingredient, and helps to prevent pregnancy. Mini-pills are recommended for women that would like to prevent pregnancy, but for aren’t able to take combined contraception, including those with a sensitivity to oestrogen, and those with a BMI of over 35.
Noriday is one of the earlier versions of progesterone-only pills, as newer mini-pills tend to contain desogestrel as the active form of progesterone. The Noriday pill is small in size and easy to swallow, even for people that usually struggle when taking tablets.
There are some people that should take avoid Noriday, or speak to their GP before using it. This is because some people may be at higher risk of side effects than others. If you have any of the following conditions, you should speak to your doctor before you buy Noriday:
Allergic to norethisterone
Disorders of fat metabolism
Heart disease or stroke
Heart or kidney problems
High blood pressure
History of hormone-sensitive cancer
History of liver disease or liver tumours
History or pruritis or jaundice during pregnancy
Impaired carbohydrate tolerance
Personal or family history of diabetes
Tetany (muscle twitches)
Thrombosis (blood clot)
Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Wear contact lenses
Norethisterone can be used for contraception and period delay, but the dosages for both of these conditions are different. Noriday is currently the only brand of norethisterone that’s available for contraception, as Micronor was discontinued several years ago.
Whilst norethisterone is available in other strengths, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t use any other dosage of the drug for contraception, as higher doses aren’t suitable for long-term use, and should only be used to delay periods.
Noriday works to prevent pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to move through it to get to an egg. Sometimes, it might stop ovulation, though this isn’t guaranteed.
Noriday contains 350mcg of norethisterone, which is the correct daily dosage if you’re using it for contraception.
Norethisterone 350mcg is only available as the branded version, Noriday, and should be the only dosage that you take for contraception. You should only use 350mcg noriday to prevent pregnancy, and not for anything else.
Norethisterone 350mcg may interact with some medicines. If you’re planning on taking Noriday for contraception, you should first see if you take any of these other medications as they can cause problems if taken together:
St John’s Wort
If you do take any of the above treatments, please speak to your GP before taking Noriday. You may still be able to take it, but your dosages of other medicines may need to be adjusted, or you may need closer monitoring.
Norethisterone 5mg is available both as a generic tablet, and the branded version called Utovlan. 5mg norethisterone is commonly used to delay periods for holidays or events, and is also available from Doctor4U. However, you should never take norethisterone 5mg for contraception, as the dosage is much higher and not suitable for long-term use.
It’s only recommended to take norethisterone 5mg for up to 10 days, unless you’re taking it for endometriosis, in which case your GP will tell you how long to take it for.
Noriday is not the same as 5mg strengths as norethisterone. If you’d like to hear more about this treatment for period delay, please click here.
How to take Noriday
Noriday should be taken daily. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to take it in the morning, at night, or anywhere in between as long as you take it at the same time each day.
It’s recommended to start Noriday on the first day of your menstrual cycle (the day that your period starts), it should be safe to start at any time. The patient information leaflet that comes with Noriday also recommends using another form of contraception for the first 7 days that you take it to give the medication chance to protect you from pregnancy.
If you take noriday more than 3 hours later than your regular time, you might not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens to you, you should take the pill as soon as you remember and use an additional method of contraception for the next 7 days to be sure that you’ll still be protected.
Noriday is around 99% effective if it’s taken correctly. This means that it should always be taken on time. However, there are other factors that could affect the pill’s effectiveness, including vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you find that you become ill and experience sickness or diarrhoea whilst taking the Noriday pill, you should use other methods of contraception for 7 days, just in case the pill didn’t work.
Noriday side effects
Noriday is a prescription medicine, and like other methods of contraception, it can cause some unwanted side effects in some women. For many, the side effects are mild or easy to deal with, but it’s always important to remember that the benefits of any medication should outweigh the side effects, so if you struggle with them, you must tell your GP as you may need to change your medication.
Some of the most commonly reported Noriday side effects include:
- Stomach upset
- Weight changes
- Swollen or sore breasts
- High blood pressure
- Liver disorder
- Change in appetite
- A rash
- Feeling tired
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling depressed
- Irregular periods
It’s most common to experience side effects like these within the first 3 months of taking a new pill, so if you’re taking Noriday for the first time and notice these symptoms, your body may just need chance to get used to the new hormones. However, if the symptoms are difficult to deal with, or persist after 3 months, it might be time to talk to your own doctor about a more suitable contraceptive pill.
Always tell your doctor if you experience feelings of depression, even if you think it’s just down to medication, as this can seriously affect your mental health and wellbeing.
It’s also important to know that as a form of hormonal contraception, Noriday does have the potential to cause blood clots in some women. Because of this, it’s recommended that you stay aware of the symptoms, and ring 999 if you experience any of the following:
- Sudden or severe pain in the chest
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Unusual, severe or long headache
- Visual disturbances
- Difficulty speaking
- Collapse or fainting
- Numbness or weakness in any part of your body
- Severe pain in one of your calves
These symptoms could indicate a blood clot somewhere in your body, which can become very serious. Always seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the above symptoms when taking hormonal contraception.
Desogestrel vs norethisterone
Desogestrel and norethisterone are both synthetic types of progesterone, a female hormone. Sometimes, one of these hormones will be combined with a type of oestrogen to form a combined contraceptive pill, but they can both be used on their own as mini-pills.
Desogestrel works primarily by preventing ovulation, whilst norethisterone works mainly by thickening cervical fluid in order to make it difficult for sperm to move. Both pills prevent pregnancy, but work in different ways to do so. Norethisterone can also prevent ovulation in some women, but this isn’t guaranteed.
Norethisterone is an older type of progesterone, whereas newer mini pills are likely to contain desogestrel over the older hormones. However, this doesn’t mean that norethisterone is worse than desogestrel, it all depends on your body and what it responds best to. Some women find that they experience bad side effects with desogestrel but not with norethisterone, and vice versa. Your own GP should be able to advise you on which type of progesterone is best for you if you aren’t sure.
Another difference between desogestrel and norethisterone is the amount of time allowed between pills. Norethisterone must be taken within 27 hours of the last pill, whilst desogestrel can be taken up to 36 hours after the last pill. This means that norethisterone must be taken at the same time each day to be effective, whilst desogestrel is a little more flexible.
These are all factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which mini pill to go for. Ask your GP for more advice and information on each type if you still can’t make a decision.
Does Noriday stop your periods?
Noriday may affect your menstrual cycle, but whether or not it stops your periods completely depends on each person that takes it.
No method of hormonal contraception is guaranteed to stop your periods, so if this is something you’re looking to do, you should speak to your GP about your options. If you just want to delay your period for a holiday or event, you can always take norethisterone 5mg for a short amount of time.
Is Norgeston the same as Noriday?
Whilst both of these mini pills are progesterone-only, they don’t contain the same active ingredient. Noriday uses norethisterone, whilst Norgeston uses Levonorgestrel.
Either pill might be suitable for you if you can only take a progesterone-only pill, but you should check with your GP first in case one is better for you than the other.
How long does the mini pill take to work?
How long the mini-pill takes to work depends on the type that you have. Whilst some may protect you from day 1 of your cycle if you start it at the right time, others may need you to use additional contraceptive measures for 5-7 days before you’re fully protected.
As a blanket statement, most mini-pills should have you fully protected within 7 days if you take them correctly.
If you use contraception for other reasons such as regulating your periods, it may take a few months for your body to adjust to the hormones. Whatever you take the mini pill for, it’s a good idea to have regular reviews with your GP until you’re stable on your current pill.
Buy Noriday online
You can now buy Noriday online from Doctor4U from £17.99 for a 3 month supply (84 tablets).
If you’d like to buy Noriday online, you just need to complete a few consultation questions for our doctors to review. This is so that they’re able to see whether Noriday is suitable for you and make an informed decision on whether they can prescribe it or not. If your order is approved by one of our GMC-registered doctors, they will generate a prescription, and your order will be shipped from our partner pharmacy straight to your door.
It’s quick and simple to buy Noriday from Doctor4U. Our dedicated team ensure a fast and professional service every time, with the same confidentiality that you’d expect from your own doctor.
if you need more information about our services before you buy Noriday, please contact our customer service team.
How is my order shipped to me?
When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.
Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions
If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.
- Talk To Frank
- NHS Help & Advice On Drug Addiction