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How Do Period Delay Tablets Work?

Norethisterone is part of a group of medicines known as progestogens which work by mimicking the effects of female sex hormones naturally produced by the body. The active ingredient in these tablets is Norethisterone.

This medication can be used as a treatment for numerous menstrual cycle disorders, including pre-menstrual systems such as headaches or migraines, breast tenderness, water retention, changes in behaviour leading up to the period starting; abnormal, heavy or continual bleeding that is unrelated to a period; heavy or painful periods, or endometriosis.

Most commonly, Norethisterone can be used to postpone a period if the period is due to overlap with a special occasion or specific plans, such as travel.When taken to delay periods, it causes the womb lining to be sustained until the treatment is interrupted or stopped. This is the most common reason for women wishing to temporarily halt their menstrual cycle. Norethisterone is not a contraceptive and alternative methods of contraception should be used for patients who are sexually active and wish to avoid pregnancy.

What are the main benefits of period delay tablets?

Naturally occurring progestogens in the body are the hormones which maintain and regulate the lining of the uterus. Norethisterone is a synthetic version of this hormone which keeps the levels of progestogens artificially high to prevent the period from occurring, until the patient is ready.

Women who take a combined or fixed dose oral contraceptive pill, the same effects can be achieved by starting the next pill pack immediately instead of taking the usual seven-day break. If done only occasionally, taking two pill packs back to back is safe, although it is not recommended to link more than two packs without having at least one period in between as this can have a negative impact on the patient’s cycle. Consult your GP if you’re unsure which type of contraceptive pill you’re currently prescribed.

As periods can come on at inopportune times or coincide with special occasions, Norethisterone is a useful way to delay the period until a more appropriate time. This medication is beneficial for women who are not taking an oral contraceptive and don’t have the option to combine pill packs to skip a period.

How are period delay tablets used?

Norethisterone is taken in tablet form. If taken to postpone menstrual bleeding, it should be taken three days before the patient’s period is due, then three times daily for each day the period is being delayed for. This should not exceed 17 days. Once the course of Norethisterone has finished, the period should resume within two to three days. If your period does not return and you’ve been sexually active, you should consult your GP to check whether you are pregnant.

For other treatments, such as endometriosis, dysfunctional uterine bleeding or pre-menstrual symptoms, the dosage and course length will differ. Always check with your health care provider for specific details on the dose and amount of time you should be taking Norethisterone for.

Common side effects of Norethisterone

Norethisterone is typically well tolerated by most women, so side effects are rare. However, there is always a risk of side effects with any medication, so patients should contact their health care provider if they have any concerns.

  • * Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • * Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • * Changes in vaginal discharge
  • * Cervical erosions which may show up in a cervical screening
  • * Breast pain or tenderness, as well as discharge from the breast
  • * Dizziness
  • * Headaches
  • * Confusion or trouble concentrating
  • * Changes in vision
  • * Fatigue
  • * Difficulty sleeping
  • * Nausea or vomiting
  • * Constipation or diarrhoea
  • * Changes in sex drive
  • * Dry mouth
  • * Water retention, bloating or swelling of the hands and ankles
  • * Changes in appetite
  • * Liver problems

Serious Side Effects of Norethisterone

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop taking Norethisterone immediately and contact your doctor:

  • * Itchy skin or rashes
  • * Facial swelling or swelling of the tongue
  • * Swelling of the hands or feet
  • * Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • * Feeling faint

Norethisterone may increase the risk of developing blood clots or thrombosis. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop taking this medication immediately and seek urgent medical assistance, as these are signs of a blood clot and shouldn’t be ignored:

  • * Sudden sharp pains in the chest
  • * Coughing up blood
  • * Shortness of breath
  • * Rapid heartbeat
  • * Difficulty speaking
  • * Fainting or collapse
  • * Weakness and feeling numb
  • * Visual disturbances
  • * Severe, continual headaches
  • * Purple discolouration of the skin
  • * Pain, swelling and tenderness in the calf or foot

Before you begin taking Norethisterone, inform your health care provider about any medicines you’re currently taking, including prescription and over the counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements, as these may affect the effectiveness of Norethisterone.

Can Norethisterone be ordered online?

Norethisterone is a prescription-only medicine, but it can be ordered online from our regulated online pharmacy and doctor service, we have been approved to sell medicines online and regulated by the MHRA.

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