|Period Delay Tablets|
|How To Use||You must start to take Norethisterone 3 days before your period is due to start – it must be taken 3 times a day for every day you wish to delay your period (up to 17 days maximum).|
|How it works||Norethisterone is a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone. It works by keeping your natural progesterone levels up to stop your womb lining from shedding. This delays your period.|
|Is it safe?||It is safe for most women to use on an occasional basis. It should not be taken regularly however. It is also not a contraceptive so should not be used to prevent pregnancy.|
Norethisterone, is a synthetic hormone. It can have multiple uses, however is often used as a tablet to delay periods. Norethistrone comes as a 5mg tablet, and can be taken to delay periods for upto 17 days.
Norethisterone is not a method of contraception. Is is therefor important that you should continue to use contraceptive methods if you do not want to become pregnant. Norethisterone should also not be taken if you are already taking the combined contraceptive pill. You can however take it while taking the mini pill. Norethisterone is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
How Do I Take Norethisterone?
To delay your period, Norethisterone should be taken three days before your period is due. It should be taken three times daily for each day you want to delay your period. This should be done for a maximum period of 17 days. After stopping norethisterone, your period should start 2-3 days after.
How Does Norethisterone Work?
Norethisterone works by keeping levels of the female hormone, progesterone, in the body up. This in turn stops your womb lining from shedding, and so delaying your period. Norethisterone is basically a synthetic version of progesterone.
Side effects are very uncommon using Norethisterone 5mg. If you do experience side effects, the most common ones are
Norethisterone can interact with some medicines, or worsen some chronic diseases, so it is important you tell us any information regarding your health, so our doctor can let you know if it’s safe to take.
Before taking norethisterone or any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet.