Norethisterone tablets are pills to stop your period. They can be used to delay your period, for example when going on holiday. Norethisterone tablets need to be taken three days before you expect your period to begin and delay your period until three days after you have taken the last tablet.
To place your order, fill in our brief assessment questionnaire. Our online doctor will review your answers and just like your GP check whether it is safe for you to take a period delay treatment such as norethisterone tablets.
Prescription and delivery are included in the price.
Please note, that we can only prescribe norethisterone for period delay. If you need treatment for heavy or painful periods, speak to your GP.
To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.
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About Period Delay Pills
How to stop your period
There’s two main ways to stop your periods:
Period delay tablets, like norethisterone
Hormonal contraception, like the pill
You can use period delay tablets to stop your period from coming for as long as you need to, up to 30 days at a time. This can be useful if you’re going on holiday or for any other reasons that you might want to push back getting your period.
You can also stop your period using a few different types of hormonal contraception. Some are more likely to stop your period than others though, and generally they aren’t for short-term use.
Hormonal contraceptives that can stop your periods include:
The combined contraceptive pill – can stop your period over a longer period of time but you can get light bleeding (spotting) if you don’t take a break every month. So if you want to guarantee no period bleeding, you’ll need to have a 7-day break every month when you might sometimes have period-like bleeding.
The mini pill – can stop periods over a long period of time, but there is still some risk of light bleeding (spotting).
The hormonal coil – can stop your periods, but it takes a few months before they stop.
The contraceptive injection – about half of people who use the injection will stop having periods.
The contraceptive implant – about a third of people with the implant stop having periods, but this only applies from one year after getting the implant.
What do period delay tablets do?
Period delay tablets are a treatment used to stop your period for a set amount of time (up to 30 days with norethisterone). Period delay tablets are not contraceptives, so you can’t use them to protect against pregnancy.
There’s 2 main types of period delay tablet available in the UK:
Norethisterone 5mg (brand name Utovlan)
Medroxyprogesterone 10mg (brand name Provera)
Both of these types of period delay tablets use a version of the hormone progesterone. This hormone is used by your body to help time your periods. Basically when the level of progesterone in your body drops, that’s the signal to start another period. If you’re taking progesterone tablets then you trick your body into waiting a little longer before starting the next period.
Norethisterone is licensed specifically for period delay, but medroxyprogesterone technically isn’t. This doesn’t mean medroxyprogesterone isn’t safe, though. From a doctor’s point of view they’re both safe to use for period delay.
Can you get period delay tablets on the NHS?
Yep – if you want to go through your GP to get period delay tablets you can. You’ll need to make a usual appointment and your GP will talk you through your options and prescribe the best treatment for you. Then you can take the prescription to get filled at most pharmacies.
Full price or NHS prescription? – norethisterone for period delay is not a ‘blacklisted medication’ which means a GP can give you an NHS prescription for it. But, not all GPs will definitely do this. If your GP does give you an NHS prescription then you will only have to pay the flat NHS prescription charge. If not, you’ll get a private prescription and you’ll have to pay full price for your tablets.
Can you get period delay tablets over the counter?
No, period delay tablets are prescription-only. There are some serious health risks for certain people if they were going to take progesterone medications like period delay pills. So it’s important that a doctor can check to make sure they’re safe for you to take.
Although you need a doctor to check you for period delay treatment, you don’t have to do it face-to-face. With services like Superdrug Online Doctor, you can get checked online instead using a quick and easy healthcare question that one of our doctors checks for you.
What is norethisterone?
Norethisterone is a man-made version of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is used by your body to do a few different things, including controlling your periods. Norethisterone is used in a few different medications, including:
The mini pill – Noriday
Period delay pills – Utovlan
Norethisterone can be used to delay periods from coming because it stops your progesterone levels dropping after one cycle, which normally triggers the next period. It can also help protect against you getting pregnant if you don’t want by making it harder for an egg to get fertilised and cause a pregnancy.
But, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t rely on Norethisterone to avoid pregnancy if you’re using it for period delay. You need to use contraception as well if you don’t want to get pregnant.
What are reviews of norethisterone like?
You can see reviews of norethisterone (called norethindrone here) on Drugs.com. There are only reviews available for contraception and not for period delay. Generally our patients rate our norethisterone tablet service highly – you can see TrustPilot reviews further down this page.
Hormonal medications like norethisterone affect different people differently, so it’s hard to predict how you will react. If you have any problems or concerns about your period delay treatment, you should get in touch with your GP or message a doctor directly through your account if you ordered online.
How to take Norethisterone
Take norethisterone tablets for period delay using these 4 easy steps:
Start taking your tablets 3 days before you want to stop your period
Take 3 tablets a day – morning, midday, and evening
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember
Your period should come back about 3 days after you stop taking your tablets
If you had sex during your treatment and your period doesn’t come back after 3 days then you should take a pregnancy test and see your GP.
Norethisterone side effects
Like any medication, norethisterone can cause side effects for some people. Make sure you stop taking your tablets and get emergency medical help if you get:
Symptoms of an allergic reaction
Symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs or brain
Symptoms of deep-vein thrombosis
See your doctor as soon as you can if you get:
Migraines for the first time
Other side effects that norethisterone can cause include:
Effects on your genitals or breasts
Effects on your nerve system
Effects on your stomach and gut
Effects on your liver
Cysts and tumours
Effects on your metabolism
Effects on your heart and blood supply
Effects on skin and hair
Others effects that aren’t covered above
For detailed info on norethisterone side effects, please check the patient information leaflet that comes with your tablets.
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Pfizer Limited (2018). Utovlan ® 5 mg tablets. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1717.pdf [accessed 2nd August 2019].
Pfizer Limited (2016). Provera® 2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg tablets. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.3547.pdf [accessed 2nd August 2019].
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