Norethisterone is available as a safe, clinically-proven and convenient treatment that is taken three times daily to delay periods for up to 17 days. It gives you the control to have your period at a convenient time in your menstrual cycle. It is also available as the Pfizer branded treatment, Utovlan 5mg tablets.
Provera 10mg tablets are an alternative treatment option for women with a BMI over 30 or aged over 35 where there may be a higher risk of side effects from taking norethisterone.
One pack of Norethisterone 5mg tablets or Provera 10mg tablets (30 tablets) can delay your period for up to 7 days, whilst 2 packs (60 tablets) can be used to delay your period for up to 17 days.
During a woman’s cycle, the levels of oestrogen and progesterone vary, with progesterone levels dropping triggering menstruation. Synthetic progesterones, norethisterone & medroxyprogesterone help to keep your progesterone levels artificially high during your cycle preventing menstrual bleeding.
It is very important to know that norethisterone & medroxyprogesterone are not to be used as a method of contraception and will not prevent pregnancy. Do not take them if you are already taking the contraceptive pill (see below for more details) and they should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
When taken according to the directions, norethisterone & medroxyprogesterone will typically delay your period. After you stop taking it, you will have your period within a couple of days. A few women may experience light bleeding or spotting whilst taking period delay treatment, but the vast majority will experience none whatsoever.
Does period delay treatment have any side effects?
It is rare for women to experience side effects from norethisterone or medroxyprogesterone at this strength, but you may experience nausea, breast tenderness, fatigue or headache. In very exceptional circumstances, it can impact upon chronic diseases or interact with certain medicines. However, our Online Pharmacy service can give you more information as required, in addition to the manufacturer’s information leaflet.