- For occassional period delay
- Used to delay period for upto 17 days
- Active ingredient is norethisterone 5mg
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.
Utovlan Tablets for period delay
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 coincides with a special occasion.
Utvolan contains the synthetic hormone, norethisterone. It can have multiple uses, however, is often used as a tablet to delay periods. Utovlan contains the active ingredient Norethisterone 5mg, and can be taken to delay periods for upto 17 days.
Utovlan 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. Utovlan is basically a synthetic version of 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 also not be taken if you are already taking the combined contraceptive pill. You can, however, take it while taking the mini pill. Utovlan is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
When can I use the contraceptive pill to delay my period?
Most brands of the combined contraceptive can delay your period if you have already been takingthe pill for a number of weeks. You CAN NOT use the contraceptive pill to delay your period if you just start taking the pill just before your period is due.
Can I delay my period?
Yes. Norethisterone is a prescription medication which can be used to delay your period for as many as 17 days. You can speak to your GP or order it through our online service.
If you are taking once, you can use your combined oral contraceptive to delay your period, by moving right onto the next pack of active pills.
Can I use period delay tablets to manage heavy periods?
No. These tablets are intended only 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 some kind of reaction to the drug. 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, and is one variety in the group of hormones known as progestogens.
How many period delay tablets do I have to take every day?
Norethisterone tablets must be taken as one tablet three times a day, starting 3 days before you expect your period to begin normally. Ideally, the tablets should be taken at the same time each day and facilitate their delaying function. The best way to do this would be 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.
Which women 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. Also, women who have suffered from unexplained vaginal bleeding, women who have had blood clots in the past, women who have had liver or heart problems, women who have had the blood disease porphyria, women who have had the severe itching irritation called pruritis, and women who have been jaundiced during past pregnancies.
How long does it take for your period to come after taking norethisterone?
After stopping period delay tablets, your period should start after 2-3 days
Is it safe to take medicine to delay periods?
Yes - as long as you check with your GP, and let them know all medicatoins you are taking, and any relevant health conditions, taking period delay tablets is a safe and commonly prescribed method of period delay.
What tablets stop periods?
|Utovlan||Norethisterone||Combine Oral Contraceptive|
|Active Ingredient||Norethisterone 5mg||Norethisterone 5mg||Various|
|Period Delay Dose||Start three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17days||Start three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17days||If 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 of Utovlan
Utovlan is generally a well tolerated medicatoin, and most women will not experience side effects.
With any medication you take however, there is always a risk of side effects occuring. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside with the regular usage of the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to us, or your GP.
Possible Side Effects
- bleeding or spotting between periods
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- changes in vaginal discharge cervical erosions (may show in a smear test)
- breast pain or tenderness discharge from the breast headaches
- dizziness and confusion problems concentrating
- visual disturbances fatigue
- difficulty sleeping stomach problems such as being sick, feeling sick, constipation or diarrhoea
- dry mouth
- liver problems jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
- water retention bloating swelling of hands and ankles changes in appetite
- changes in sex drive
The side effects listed below are more serious, and you should stop taking Utovlan, and report these to your GP immediately.
- itchy skin rash
- facial swelling / tongue swelling
- swelling of hands and feet
- feeling faint
- difficulty breathing
Utovlan and blood clotting.
Utovlan can increase your risk of developing a blood clot or thrombosis. You must STOP taking this medicartion and visit your local doctor or A+E immediately if you experience:
- sudden sharp pain in your chest
- coughing blood
- shortness of breath
- rapid heart beat
- difficulty speaking
- fainting or collapse
- weakness or feeling numb
- pain, swelling or tenderness of calf or foot
- purple discolouration of skin
- unusually long or severe headache
- visual disturbance
These symptoms can be signs of a blood clot and must not be ignored.
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information 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.
One tablet is taken three times daily from 3 days prior to your expected period start date for up to 17 days depending on how long you wish to delay your period. Once you stop taking Utovlan your period should start after 2 to 3 days.
Do not take Utovlan tablets if:
- You are allergic or hypersensitive to any of the ingredients such as norethisterone, maize starch, polyvidone, magnesium stearate and lactose monohydrate.
- Are pregnant
- You have a previous idiopathic or current venous thromboembolism
- Active or recent arterial thromboembolic disease such as angina or heart attack.
- Disturbed liver function
- History during pregnancy of idiopathic jaundice
- Undiagnosed irregular vaginal bleeding
- Severe pruritus or pemphigoid gestationis
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