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Utovlan 5mg Tablets

Utovlan 5mg Tablets (30 tablets)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 22 Jun and Wed. 23 Jun.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Utovlan used for?

Utovlan is a prescription medication used by women to delay the onset of a period. It is the branded version of the generic period delay pill Norethisterone

The active ingredient contained in Utovlan is the hormone ‘norethisterone’ – a synthetic version that mimics the naturally occurring sex hormone ‘progesterone’. 

Utovlan period delay tablets require a prescription, which can be obtained when you buy Utovlan online through The Independent Pharmacy using our online doctor consultation service. It is not available over the counter. Our simple health questionnaire takes just a few minutes to complete, and we can deliver as quickly as the next working day with tracked delivery and plain packaging.

Utovlan period delay tablets are taken three days prior to the start of your menstrual cycle, until the course is completed. A woman’s period will usually resume three days after completing the course. 

You can use Utovlan to delay your period for up to 17 this will effectively completely delay your period and all its symptoms such as bleeding.

Utovlan cannot be used to stop your period once it has already started.

While Utovlan pills are commonly used to delay your next period, they may also be used to treat, manage or relieve:

  • Heavy, painful or irregular periods
  • Premenstrual tension (PMT)
  • Endometriosis
  • Breast cancer 

When Utovlan is taken to delay a period, the norethisterone keeps progesterone levels high, which prevents your period from starting as it usually would. 

Please note: Utovlan is not a contraceptive pill, so patients are advised to use other forms of protection if they wish to avoid getting pregnant. 


Why delay your period?

Periods are healthy and a normal part of being a woman. However, there may be occasions where the timing isn’t ideal, and you’d rather it didn’t arrive when it was due. 

Most women have experienced an occasion at some point in their lives where they’ve thought about delaying their period for the sake of convenience. There are no strict criteria that prevent you asking your doctor for period delay medication like Utovlan.

If you’re thinking of delaying your period, ask yourself why you want to delay it, and for how long. Utovlan is designed for one-off, occasional use to postpone your period – not for preventing periods altogether. If you’re trying to delay your period simply because it’s too painful to handle, this is a sign you should visit your doctor. 

We don’t recommend ‘alternative’ means of delaying your period – such as drinking gelatin or vinegar – since there’s no evidence that either option works.


Can I use Utovlan with my contraceptive pill?

We don't normally recommend using Utovlan to delay your period if you are also taking the contraceptive pill. For more information on using your contraceptive pill to skip or delay your period, see our Period Delay information page


What else can cause a missed period?

A missed period on occasion is not usually cause for concern. While it can be a sign of early pregnancy, it may also be caused by stress, extreme exercise, weight loss, low body fat, or a hormonal imbalance. Periods can also start to become irregular when the menopause starts. In rare cases, a missed period can be a sign of something more serious, like ovarian cancer. Speak to your doctor if you are worried.

Bear in mind too that Utovlan is not a form of contraception, so while taking it, you will still need to protect yourself against pregnancy using another method.


Norethisterone as a hormonal replacement therapy

In addition to its use as a period delay medication, Norethisterone can also be used as a hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) when taken in combination with estrogen. HRT replaces the hormones that a woman's body stops producing naturally when she enters the menopause, which can alleviate some of the troublesome symptoms. 

HRT most commonly involves taking a combination of estrogen and progesterone (combined HRT), since this option is safer than taking estrogen on its own (linked to an increased risk of endometrial cancer). Oestrogen-only HRT may be recommended for women who have had a hysterectomy. 

The Independent Pharmacy does not prescribe Utovlan for HRT. You can see our HRT treatments here.


Utovlan dosage: how to take Utovlan

Utovlan’s dosage might vary depending on what it is being used to treat.

If you’re taking Utovlan to delay your period you should:

  • Take one 5mg tablet three times a day
  • Start taking the tablets three days before your period is due to start

Your period will usually start within three days of finishing the tablets.

Do not exceed the stated dose of your prescription. If you do, contact your doctor immediately. 

Should you forget to take Utovlan, take your tablet as soon as you remember and then continue as normal, taking it at the same time every day. Do not double dose.

If you are taking Utovlan for purposes other than to delay your period (for example premenstrual tension or endometriosis), you should consult your doctor for dosage information.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Utovlan side effects: what to expect from the period delay pill

Menstruating is a healthy and normal part of life for many people. However, sometimes there may be times or occasions when you’d prefer not to have your period — such as if you’re going on holiday or taking part in a sporting event.

In these circumstances, taking period-delay tablets like Utovlan can delay the onset of your period. But are there any Utovlan side effects that you need to know about first?

It is best to look into any new medicine you are thinking of taking so that you know what to expect when using it, including any possible side effects you may experience as well as the positive results you will benefit from.

In this section, we’ll be taking a closer at the side effects of Utovlan that you need to know about, including more common side effects, more serious effects and allergic reactions. Read on to find out more (or you can just skip to the side effects here).


Summary list of Utovlan side effects

All medicines have the potential to cause side effects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will. Side effects can vary from person to person, even when taking the same medication. Side effects will not necessarily affect everyone who uses a treatment either.

Progestogen pills like Utlovan are generally well tolerated by the body, and side effects are usually rare. Most users will not experience Utovlan effects at all.

However, it’s worth being aware of the possible side effects of Utovlan tablets just in case you encounter them. 

Here is a summary list of the known Utovlan side effects:

  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Unexpected or unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Breast pain and tenderness
  • Milky discharge from the breast (when not pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • Headache
  • Mood changes such as depression, confusion, nervousness or euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Lack of concentration
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or being sick
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Acne
  • Increase in body or facial hair
  • Hair loss
  • Fluid retention and bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Change in appetite

As you can see, the possible side effects of Utovlan are not generally serious or dangerous. 

The likelihood of experiencing any of the above side effects will vary from user to user; what one individual may encounter could be completely different from another. However, you are unlikely to have a negative experience with Utovlan. To find out what real users think of this medication, you can read our Utovlan customer reviews. 

If you’re worried about any Utovlan side effects — whether they are listed above or not — then it’s a good idea to discuss this with your GP or pharmacist. 

Generally speaking, if you are using Utlovan to delay your period for a week or two and you experience side effects, it will only be for a short time and they will stop once you have stopped taking the tablets.

If you are using Utovlan for a longer period of time to treat any other conditions such as endometriosis or heavy periods and you are worried about side effects continuing, speak to your GP about your options.


More common side effects and symptoms

The most common Utovlan side effects are changes in your period such as irregular bleeding or spotting, headaches or feeling sick. These side effects may affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 users.

These more common side effects do not usually need medical attention — they are just a result of your body adjusting to the changing levels of hormones.


Serious side effects and symptoms

Serious side effects of Utovlan are very unusual but they may happen. 

Norethisterone medications like Utovlan have been linked to an increased risk of blood clots in the blood vessels, which can lead to a number of more serious dangers to health, including stroke (a blood clot in the brain) and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). 

Look out for any of the below symptoms of these more serious side effects including:

  • Having an unusually severe, sudden or long-lasting headache
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Fainting or collapsing
  • Any part of your body feeling weak or numb
  • Sharp chest pains
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden problems with your eyesight (impaired vision or eyesight affected in any other way)
  • Pain, swelling, tenderness, discolouration or heat in the lower legs 

Tell your doctor straight away and stop taking the tablets if you notice any of these unlikely but serious symptoms.

You should also consult a medical professional if you experience:

  • Yellow skin or the whites of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice) — this could be indicative of liver or gallbladder problems
  • Migraine-like headaches that appear for the first time 

If you have been taking Utovlan and you are concerned about any side effects you are experiencing (particularly if they feel severe, long-lasting or painful), then you should consult a medical professional for further guidance. 

If you feel like your symptoms are dangerous or life-threatening in any way, you should call emergency services.


Utovlan allergic reactions

A serious allergic reaction to Utovlan is very rare, but it can happen.

You should stop taking this medication and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty breathing or talking
  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Feeling faint
  • Severe dizziness
  • Swelling (particularly in the face, tongue, throat, hands or feet)
  • Any skin irritations such as rashes, or skin that is itchy, red, swollen, or blistered

These are the symptoms of a serious allergic reaction and you should treat this as an emergency and seek immediate medical attention.


Utovlan weight gain

Although it is listed as a possible side effect, Utovlan weight gain is very unusual. 

In fact, any weight gained that may be associated with Utovlan is probably a result of fluid retention and bloating (hormonal changes can change the way that water is held in the body).

In some cases, Utovlan may cause weight loss. Progesterone-based medication can cause both weight loss and weight gain, depending on the situation of the individual using it. 

If you are worried about Utovlan weight gain or you think that this is something that is affecting you, then speak to your GP about your concerns. If you are taking Utovlan for a longer time to help with painful periods or any other condition, they may suggest changing your dosage or trying lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet.

However, if you’re taking Utovlan short-term to delay your period (it can be used for a maximum of 17 days), then it is unlikely that weight gain is going to substantially impact you during this time. 



Utovlan is a prescription medication that can be used to delay the onset of a period. It is the branded version of Norethisterone — the generic period delay pill. The active ingredient in Utovlan is the hormone norethisterone (a synthetic version of progesterone). 

Utovlan side effects are rare and normally mild. The most common side effects (which may impact between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 women) are breakthrough bleeding or spotting headaches or feeling nauseous.

Most people who use this period delay pill will not experience any negative side effects.

Utovlan period delay tablets cannot be purchased over-the-counter and require a prescription. 

If you want to buy Utovlan online through The Independent Pharmacy, you can use our consultation service. It’s quick and easy to do — you’ll just need to answer a few questions as part of the consultation, which will only take a few minutes.

Once you do, one of our qualified prescribers will be able to approve your order and your medication can be dispatched for next working day delivery.

Utovlan ingredients list

The active ingredient contained in Utovlan is norethisterone. Each tablet contains 5 mg of norethisterone.

Other ingredients include:

  • Lactose monohydrate
  • Maize starch
  • Povidone
  • Magnesium stearate

Utovlan warnings and precautions

Taking Utovlan can be a useful aid, but it isn’t necessarily suitable for everyone. Before you start taking norethisterone medication, read the following warnings to check that none of them apply to you.

You should not take Utovlan if:

  • You’re allergic to norethisterone or any of the other ingredients
  • You are or could be pregnant
  • You have ever had unexplained vaginal bleeding that wasn’t a period
  • You have a family history of blood clots or DVT
  • You’ve ever had a heart attack or angina
  • You have liver problems
  • You had jaundice while pregnant
  • You have pruritus
  • You have porphyria
  • You suffer from any of the following:
    • Epilepsy
    • Migraine headaches
    • Asthma
    • Heart problems
    • Kidney problems

Hormone-based medicines like Utovlan slightly increase your risk of developing a blood clot in the leg, lungs or brain. However, this risk is compounded if you:

  • Are very overweight
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Have had a blood clot before (or it runs in the family)
  • Are immobile or recently had major surgery
  • Have had more than one miscarriage

Utovlan drug interactions

If you’re taking any of the following medicines, as the effect of Utovlan may be altered. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the two together:

  • Epilepsy medication
  • Antibiotics
  • HIV antiviral medicines
  • Anticancer medicines
  • St John’s Wort
  • Aminoglutethimide
  • Ciclosporin
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • High blood pressure medication


Norethisterone and pregnancy

Hormonal medicines like Utovlan should not be taken while pregnant, as they can affect the developing baby. Utovlan is also not a contraceptive, therefore other precautions must be taken if you do not plan to get pregnant. If you wish to take Utovlan while breastfeeding, consult your doctor for advice.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Last modified on: 12-06-2020

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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