Delaying Periods

Menstruation is a natural and regular process faced by every female from an early age. Although you can generally adjust to dealing with this, there can still be moments in which your period begins at an extremely inconvenient time. You may want to temporarily delay your periods.


  • Take 3 days before expect to start your next period
  • Safe and effective medication available

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Delaying Periods

1 treatment(s) for Delaying Periods

Norethisterone
  • Can be used to stop periods
  • Reduce pre-menstrual symptoms
  • Mild side effects
DescriptionCausesTypes of treatmentQuestions and answers

Menstruation is a natural and regular process faced by every female from an early age. Although you can generally adjust to dealing with this, there can still be moments in which your period begins at an extremely inconvenient time such as night outs, holiday, exams, etc. You may want to temporarily delay your periods.


If you already happen to be routinely taking the combined oral contraceptive pills, postponing periods can be easy. Take two packets one after the other which would result in delayed menstruation. You will need to take a week’s break from the contraceptive pills when you have finished taking two packets back to back. However, if you are not on these pills, there are alternative approaches available.


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Postponing Menstruation – Safe or Not

Delaying or postponing periods could be of great help in times of emergencies. However, a frequent period suspension has led to debates about the possible health risks as you tend to interfere with a natural process.


Medications are safe for most women if used occasionally. It should be taken on a regular basis. Most medicine brands can be used to delay periods. These include microgynon, cilest, rigevidon, etc. Consult a doctor before picking up any. The oral contraceptive pills work if taken two packets back to back. These pills can be used only up to three packets at a time. In case of mini-pills, 20% females never have periods. However, the rest of them either experience regular or erratic bleeding. For phasic combined contraceptives, you need to consult a doctor for the dose.


The most effective way to delay periods is through medication. This process can postpone menstruation for up to 17 days. Norethisterone is a common tablet used. This can be taken if you are not on any oral contraceptives or you would want to try another means to delay periods. In most instances, it is a totally safe drug but some females might face some undesirable side effects.


Norethisterone tablets (periods delay tablets) contain a synthetic form of the female hormone progestogen. This prevents the uterus from shedding its lining avoiding menstruation (bleeding).


Direction

  • 1 tablet (5mg) 3 times a day or as prescribed by the doctor
  • start the course at least 3 days before your period due date
  • Continue taking the medicine till the time you want to delay your periods
  • Do not take the medicine continuously for more than 17 days
  • After you stop the medicine, your period will start in 2-3 days
  • If you forget a dose, continue with the next (do not take double dose)


Side Effects

If taken for a short period, Norethisterone does not cause any side effects. However, if prolonged use, it can show a few common side effects:

  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Stomach pain


Serious Side Effects

  • Jaundice
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine


Progestogen is naturally occurring female hormone which sustains and keeps the lining of the womb (uterus) in check. Just prior to your period, there is a sudden drop in the levels of this hormone in the body. When it eventually falls below a certain level, the lining of the womb starts to shed, and this leads to menstrual periods. Norethisterone tablets balance the progestogen levels in the body and subsequently stops the womb from shedding. This delays the period. It is to be noted that this is by no means a long-term form of contraception and should not be used for more than 17 days.


Refrain yourself from taking Norethisterone if you:

  • Are currently breastfeeding
  • Suffer from liver problems
  • Are allergic to Norethisterone or a similar hormone
  • Suffer from blood disease known as porphyria
  • Have a severe itching rash known as pruritus
  • Have ever suffered from a heart attack or from angina
  • Come from a family with a history of blood clots


It is possible that Norethisterone interacts negatively with other medications when taking at the same time. Consult with your doctor about this. Normally, the medicines which can cause a problem with Norethisterone are:


  • Painkillers
  • HIV medications
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • Specific antibiotics
  • Any type of St. John’s Wort natural remedy medication




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How does Norethisterone work to delay periods?

The naturally occurring female hormone, progestogen, maintains the lining of the womb. When the blood level suddenly drops, the lining of the womb starts to shed. This results in periods (bleeding). Norethisterone works by keeping the hormone levels balanced. A period will reoccur as normal approximately 2-3 days after you have stopped taking this medicine.


Is it harmful to delay my periods?

Once in a while, NO.

In most cases, it will not be dangerous to use either Norethisterone or any of the contraceptive pills to delay your period dates. But this should not be a regular habit. The rate of experiencing side effects is extremely low but can subsequently increase with severity if this becomes a regular or more frequent practice.


Will my period be heavier after delaying it?

YES. It is possible.

Your periods might get heavier than usual after delay. The shorter amount of time you delay it for, the less discernible it will be.



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