Period Delay Tablets

If you need to delay your period, whether it’s for a trip abroad or for a holiday, Ashcroft are the pharmacy to support you. Before delaying your period, speak to Ashcroft Pharmacy about supplying you with Norethisterone tablets which you can take for a maximum of 20 days, which will delay your period by a maximum of 17 days. Please see below details about Norethisterone and fill out the health questionnaire so we can make sure it is suitable for you. Worried about delaying your period? Treatments must start three days before your period is due and you should get your period two or three days after you stop taking Norethisterone. Whatever stage you are at, whatever your needs, our aim is to empower you to understand your condition and give you access to the very best healthcare.


How do period-deferring tablets work?

Our treatment to postpone your period Norethisterone is a synthetic form of progesterone, a feminine hormone. It works by replicating your natural progesterone levels and maintaining them up, preventing the shedding of your uterine lining and delaying your period.

Negative effects

Norethisterone when taken for period delay may cause side effects including breast tenderness, nausea (feeling sick), headache or disturbances in mood. The treatment should not be used if you have a history of blood clots.

Not a contraceptive measure

As Norethisterone does not act as a contraception when taken for period delay, it is important to consider if you need alternative contraception such as condoms. However Norethisterone should not be used if you are already taking the combined pill. In this case, you could take two packs of combined contraceptive pills back to back to skip a period, this will vary depending on the type used.

Doctor's advice on postponing your period

It's typical to desire to postpone your period because you're going on vacation, attending a wedding, or simply don't want to deal with the extra stress for a few days. We can assist you by prescribing Norethisterone or coaching you on how to skip a period with your combination tablet.

Norethisterone shouldn't be used regularly and does not work as a contraceptive when taken for period delay.

Period delay is safe

Norethisterone can be suitable for occasional use, but should not be taken regularly. We will check your suitability when you request the treatment, so it's important that you answer the questionnaire fully and honestly.

When you collect in-store, you will have your height, weight and blood pressure checked. Because of the high dose of progesterone in the treatment, we need to ensure that your checks are all within healthy limits before we can dispense Norethisterone.


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