Period Delay

period delay

How can I delay my period?

We all look forward to our holidays, to some well earned time off work but for some women, the daunting thought of their periods can spoil the excitement. Menstrual periods are mild for some women but it can be a painful few days with cramps, low mood and heavy bleeding. If you are planning on going on a holiday and want to delay your period, the good news is that you can now with Norethisterone tablets available from our pharmacy. You will need to complete a short questionnaire and our specialist pharmacist will assess your suitability for the treatment and provide you with the tablets to cover you for your holiday.

Period Delay tablets for Hajj

The important journey of hajj is a once in a lifetime event for most Muslims. During this holy journey, women are unable to perform most ritual and prayer during their menstrual period. If you are travelling to perform the hajj and your period is likely to fall during your hajj schedule then you should consider delaying your menstrual period. The period delay tablets might be appropriate in this case. You can simply complete the medical questionnaire so that our pharmacist can assess your suitability for this treatment.

Period delay tablets for Umrah

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage that can be performed at any time of the year, unlike Hajj which is performed only once a year. Women are not able to perform umrah during their menstrual period. For those who are expecting to have their periods during their umrah journey, they can consider the period delay tablets.

How does norethisterone work?

During a menstrual cycle, the level of progesterone hormones drops which causes the lining of the uterus (the womb) to shed and causes bleeding during the menstrual period. Norethisterone is synthetic progesterone and works just like progesterone and when taken three days before the expected period, it prevents menstruation from happening. When norethisterone is stopped, bleeding occurs in the following few days.

Who can consider norethisterone?

Most women can take norethisterone to delay their periods but it is not suitable for use in all women. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will include questions about your medical history to establish if the period delay tablet is safe for you. Women that have a personal history or significant family history of thrombosis (blood clots), liver problems or certain heart conditions should usually avoid using period delay tablets, as a general rule. The prescriber will assess the suitability on an individual basis.

What are the common side effects of period delay tablets?

Like with any medication, Norethisterone has some side-effects. This list below is not the full list. For an up-to-date and complete list of side-effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. Some of the main side-effects of norethisterone are:

  • Menstrual cycle irregularities
  • breast tenderness
  • headaches, feeling dizzy, tiredness, 
  • acne, rash and hives
  • fluid retentions
  • blood clots

Very rarely it can cause a severe allergic reaction, You can get some or all of the following symptoms:

  • wheezing 
  •  difficulty breathing 
  •  feeling faint 
  •  swelling of the face or tongue 
  •  swelling of the hands and feet 
  •  intense itchy skin rash. 
  • If you think you are reacting badly to the medicine, get emergency medical help immediately.