Delaying Your Period With Norethisterone

Posted on Mar 21 2016 - 10:57pm by Staff

Norethisterone tablets are typically used to delay your period for a few days, but they can also be prescribed for conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome, heavy periods, or endometriosis. They work by mimicking the effects of the hormone progesterone; during pregnancy, progesterone levels are high, and because of this the tablets can also be used to delay a woman’s period.

However, as with any medication they are not suitable for everyone and you may experience side effects while taking them.

Why Delay Your Period?

Taking Norethisterone may be useful on certain occasions when experiencing your period would be inconvenient. For example, you would not want to have your period when you are getting married, and you will probably want to avoid it when you are going on holiday as well.

You may also want to delay your period if you are going to be spending time with your partner when you don’t see each other very often, perhaps because of work commitments or because you are in a long-distance relationship.

As with any medication, there may be interaction with anything you are already taking, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this drug. Your consultation with your doctor should cover any potential conflicts and hopefully avoid any issues.

It should go without saying, but you should only take them if they have been prescribed for you personally; never take tablets that have been prescribed for someone else. The treatment can be purchased online after a brief consultation, so there’s absolutely no need to take the risk. It is important to read the leaflet that comes with the tablets carefully and be sure that you have understood the instructions for taking them.

If you suffer from certain medical conditions, the use of this medicine is inappropriate. You should advise your doctor if:

  • you have any liver problems
  • you have suffered from Dubin-Johnson Syndrome or Rotor Syndrome
  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • you have had jaundice or herpes when pregnant
  • you have had deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism
  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the tablets
  • you suffer from porphyria
  • you have recently had a heart attack or have angina
  • you have had breast cancer or cancer of the genital tract
  • you have severe itching

You should also advise your doctor if you are taking any other medication, including herbal medicine, over-the-counter tablets or homemade remedies. For instance, many formulated medications may interact with St John’s Wort. The usual dose for delaying your period is one tablet three times daily, beginning three days before your period is due. It should arrive two or three days after you stop taking the medication.

As with any medication, there are possible side effects, including:

  • unusual bleeding
  • sore breasts
  • dizziness
  • fluid retention
  • altered sex drive
  • fatigue
  • jaundice
  • cervical erosions
  • nausea or vomiting
  • acne
  • visual disturbances
  • cardiovascular problems
  • hair loss or increased body hair
  • difficulty sleeping
  • sugar in urine

You should consult your doctor immediately if you develop jaundice, increased blood pressure, or migraine type headaches. Most women taking this medication have few or no side effects. However, if you notice unusual symptoms and are concerned, consult your doctor or pharmacist, telling them that you are taking Norethisterone.


This article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

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