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).
- 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)
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:
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
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:
- HIV medications
- Certain cancer treatments
- Specific antibiotics
- Any type of St. John’s Wort natural remedy medication
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