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What are Period Delay Tablets?

Period delay tablets are used to delay your period, for example when going on holiday or for other special occasions. The tablets usually contain the synthetic, active ingredient norethisterone, which has a similar effect as your body’s own progesterone.

Period delay tablets work by altering your menstrual cycle. By taking progestin, which is a synthetic version of progesterone, the hormone levels remain stable so that the lining of the uterus stays intact instead of being shed through menstruation.

How to delay Your period

To delay your period, there are tablets that can be taken in order to delay the bleeding until a later, more convenient date. Norethisterone is a period delay pill that can be taken for up to 14 days.

Period delay tablets stop your period through the active ingredient norethisterone. The tablets are taken daily until you no longer want to delay your period, for example when you are back from your holidays or by the time your special occasion is over. The tablets should not be taken for longer than 20 days.

Once you stop taking Norethisterone, your period usually starts within 3 days of taking the last tablet.

Period delay (Norethisterone) instructions:

  • To delay your period, start taking the tablets 3 days before your period is due to start.
  • Take 1 tablet, 3 times per day for up to 20 days.
  • Spread your tablet intake evenly throughout the day, for example by taking one tablet with your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What are the options for Period Delay?

If Norethisterone is not suitable for you to use, you should discuss alternative treatments with your GP. In some cases, medroxyprogesterone (MPA) may be prescribed instead.

If you are considering contraceptive pills, then most combined contraceptive pills can be used to delay or prevent your period. However, in order to delay your period with the contraceptive pill, you need to have taken the pill for at least one month.

Can your period be delayed without medicines?

No, in order to delay your period you will need to take a hormone (progesterone) that will prevent the lining of the womb to shed. However, the medicine (such as Norethisterone) should only be taken for as long as you want to delay your period. Norethisterone should not be used long term unless specifically advised by your doctor.

Is treatment for Period Delay safe to buy online?

Yes, if Norethisterone is ordered through a UK registered and MHRA approved pharmacy, such as Doctor-4-U. It is important however that you fill in the medical questionnaire accurately, so that our doctors can make an informed decision on whether this treatment is suitable for you to use.

There are a few things you can do to verify that a website is operating legally:

  • Ensure the website is authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This must be accompanied by displaying the MHRA logo on the website.
  • Verify that the dispensing pharmacy is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and displays the Registered Pharmacy logo on the website.
  • If possible, also look for reviews and social evidence before placing your order or requesting your prescription.

If you are unsure whether this treatment is suitable for you, please consult your GP or nearest clinic before buying online.

What will the doctor need to know?

It is crucial that you let our doctors know about any other medicines you may take, such as other hormonal contraceptives, any other health condition you may have, such as high blood pressure, as well as any allergies.

In addition, it is important that you provide as much information as possible when requesting your prescription. Most medical questionnaires on the Doctor-4-U website allow you to answer the doctor’s questions while submitting additional information through text boxes. Simply include the information within the questionnaire before submitting.

Additional information and resources about Period Delay:

NHS Choices: How can I delay my period?

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2.      Answer Our Doctor's Questions

3.      Prescription is issued

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