Utovlan
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Utovlan Tablets

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Medication features

  • For occasional period delay
  • Used to delay period for up to 17 days
  • Active ingredient is norethisterone 5mg

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Utovlan Tablets For Period Delay Online

As many women have experienced, sometimes your period can come at the worst time. If you are taking the combined oral contraceptive, most allow the delay of your period by continuing straight onto your next pack. If you are not taking an oral contraceptive, then Utovlan / Norethisterone 5mg can be an ideal way to delay your period when it is due at an inconvenient time.

You will need to complete an online medical assessment prior to ordering. Our GPs can then assess whether Utovlan is safe and suitable to prescribe for you. Delivery options are available at checkout.

How does it work?

Utovlan contains the synthetic hormone, norethisterone. It is often used to delay periods, however, it can be used for other conditions such as breast cancer and painful periods. The active ingredient Norethisterone 5mg can be taken to delay periods for up to 17 days. 

Utovlan works by keeping levels of the female hormone, progesterone, high. This, in turn, stops your womb lining from shedding, and so delays your period. Utovlan is a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, meaning it works by mimicking progesterone.

Utovlan is not a method of contraception. It is therefore important that you should continue to use contraceptive methods if you do not want to become pregnant. Utovlan should not be taken if you are already taking the combined contraceptive pill. You can, however, take it while taking the mini pill

Utovlan 5mg is available in a pack of 30 or 60 tablets. Utovlan is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Utovlan Dose

Take one Norethisterone tablet three times a day, starting 3 days before you expect your period to begin. Ideally, the tablets should be taken at the same time each day to ensure they are effective. You should take one pill in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening.

FAQ

When can I use the contraceptive pill to delay my period?

Most combined contraceptive pills can delay your period if you have already been taking the pill for a number of weeks. However, you may still experience some breakthrough bleeding. 

Can I delay my period?

Yes. Norethisterone is a prescription medication which can be used to delay your period for as long as 17 days. You can speak to your GP or order Utovlan online from our online doctor and online pharmacy service.

Can I use period delay tablets to manage heavy periods?

No. These tablets are only intended to delay your period temporarily, and cannot be used as a regular treatment for heavy periods.

What if my period does not return after 3 days?

Your period should return like normal, 3 days after you have taken your last period delay tablet. If it does not, and you have had sex during the time you were using the tablets, you may have become pregnant. Check with your doctor.

Are there any side effects from using period delay tablets?

Some women do experience minor side effects, but this is uncommon as the tablets are usually only used for a brief time. Prolonged usage increases the chances of side effects. Bloating and stomach problems sometimes occur, and changes in libido also are sometimes experienced by users of norethisterone.

What exactly is norethisterone?

Norethisterone is a synthetic version of a sex hormone produced by the body. This belongs to the group of hormones known as progestogens.

How many period delay tablets do I have to take every day?

Take one Norethisterone tablet three times a day, starting 3 days before you expect your period to begin. Ideally, the tablets should be taken at the same time each day to ensure they are effective. You should take one pill in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening.

Will period delay tablets stop me becoming pregnant?

No, norethisterone is not a contraceptive. You would have to use a method of birth control in order to avoid becoming pregnant.

Who should not take period delay tablets?

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take norethisterone. If you are allergic to the drug or any similar hormone, it cannot be used. If you have suffered from unexplained vaginal bleeding, blood clots, liver, or heart problems you should not take norethisterone. See the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings.

How long does it take for your period to come after taking norethisterone?

After stopping period delay tablets, your period should start with 2-3 days.

Is it safe to take medicine to delay periods?

Period delay tablets are commonly prescribed by GPs. However, they may not be suitable for everyone to take. See the patient information leaflet for information about who shouldn’t take norethisterone.

What tablets stop periods?

You can use the following tablets to stop/delay a period:

Content Reviewed: 13/01/2021

Compare

Treatment Comparison

UtovlanNorethisteroneCombine Oral Contraceptive
Active IngredientNorethisterone 5mgNorethisterone 5mgVarious
Period Delay DoseStart three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17daysStart three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17daysIf already on the pill, do not take your pill free break
Mechanism Prevents your womb lining from shedding Prevents your womb lining from shedding Prevents your womb lining from shedding

Side Effects

Utovlan Side Effects

Utovlan is generally a well-tolerated medication, and most women will not experience side effects.

With any medication you take however, there is always a risk of side effects occurring. Some are more common than others. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, your GP or pharmacist.

Possible side effects:

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in vaginal discharge 
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems such as being sick, feeling sick, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Dry mouth
  • Water retention, bloating
  • Changes in sex drive

An allergic reaction is a more serious but very rare side effect and you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Itchy skin rash
  • Facial swelling/tongue swelling
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Wheezing
  • Feeling faint
  • Difficulty breathing

Blood Clots

Taking Utovlan (and some other contraceptives) can slightly raise your risk of suffering from a blood clot. This is more likely if you are overweight, have had a blood clot previously, or have a family history of blood clots. 

Signs of a blood clot include:

  • Sudden sharp pain in your chest
  • Coughing blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fainting or collapse
  • Pain, swelling or tenderness of calf or foot
  • Purple discolouration of the skin
  • Unusually long or severe headache

You must stop taking the tablets and visit your local doctor or A+E immediately if you experience any of the above. 

For a full list of side effects and information on blood clots, please read the patient information leaflet.

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Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Other conditions and Utovlan

Utovlan is not suitable for everyone to take. There are certain circumstances in which you should not take Utovlan, such as:

  • If you are allergic to norethisterone or any of the ingredients in Utovlan
  • If you or a family member has a history of blood clots (such as DVT)
  • If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant 

For further information, see the patient information leaflet.

Interactions with other medicines

A number of medicines can be affected by, or affect, Utovlan. This includes:

  • Certain anti-epileptic medicines
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Anti-HIV medicines
  • The herbal medicine St John’s Wort

For a full list of interacting medicines, see the patient information leaflet. If you take any of these medicines, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Utovlan.

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