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Noriday is suitable for most women as it only contains progesterone. It is usually prescribed to women who:
- are over the age of 35
- have underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure
- are breastfeeding
- can’t take oestrogen
How you react to Noriday varies from person to person. The best way to find out if it will work for you is to take it. If you find it causes unbearable side effects, change to a more suitable pill.
Why do women choose Noriday?
Some women choose to use mini pills like Noriday because they do not contain oestrogen. Noriday only contains 1 hormone, so the risk of side effects is reduced compared to the combined pill which contains 2 hormones.
Noriday is safe for women who are over 35 years old and smoke.The combined pill isn’t recommended for people who do because of their increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Combined pills are also not suitable for people with high blood pressure, but Noriday can be taken if you have high blood pressure.
Noriday is also a suitable option for some women as it can be used when breastfeeding. This is because after you have had a baby, you need to avoid contraceptives containing oestrogen as oestrogen can reduce the quality and quantity of breastmilk. Since Noriday only contains progesterone, it’s safe for you and your baby if you begin taking it 21 days after giving birth.
[H3] Who cannot take Noriday? [H3]
You should not take Noriday if you:
- are allergic to norethisterone or any other ingredients
- think you may be or are pregnant
- have had or think you have hormone-dependent breast, cervical, vaginal or womb cancer
- have or have had acute or severe liver disease
- had itching of the whole body or jaundice during pregnancy
- have fat metabolism disorders
- have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- have inflamed veins
- have blood clots known as thrombosis
- have heart disease
- have had a stroke
There are also some drugs and supplements which may interact with Noriday. They are:
- St John’s wort
- Epilepsy medications (carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, primidone, topiramate)
- Medications used to treat HIV (nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir)
- Medications to treat bacterial infections (rifabutin, rifampicin, ampicillin, doxycycline)
- Phenobarbital used to treat sleeplessness, anxiety, or epilepsy
- Griseofulvin to treat fungal infections
- Modafinil for the treatment of narcolepsy
If you are worried about possible drug interactions with Noriday or reasons why you shouldn’t take it, you should consult the patient leaflet found inside the Noriday box.
Other pills like Noriday
Noriday is an alternative mini pill to Micronor which has now been discontinued.
Norgeston is similar to Noriday because it has a 3-hour time window. This means that it must be taken within 3 hours of the same time every day to be effective. It contains a different type of progesterone called levonorgestrel.
There are other mini pills which have 12-hour time windows but they contain a type of progesterone called desogestrel. They are:
The major side effects of Noriday include:
- Upset stomach
- Changes in sex drive
- Weight gain
- Swollen or sore breasts
- Mood changes
The side effects while taking Noriday differ from person to person. So, what you experience may be different from somebody else. You can find a full list of side effects in your patient information leaflet.
It is more likely that you will experience side effects within the first 3 months of taking Noriday as your body gets used to the changes in hormone levels. For many women, the side effects subside after 3 months.
If side effects continue after 3 months or they get worse, you should speak to your doctor. They may advise you to change contraception to deal with the side effects.
Will I gain weight on Noriday?
Some people have reported weight gain after they have started the pill, but there is little evidence to suggest that this will happen.
Find out more about weight gain and the pill here.
You may notice changes to bleeding when you take Noriday. The differences you notice will be unique to you because the effects of the pill differ between women.
You may experience:
- irregular bleeding
- lighter bleeding
- no periods at all
It is normal to experience changes to your periods when taking a mini pill. The length of your periods or the time between each one may vary. You may experience breakthrough bleeding, where you bleed between periods. Usually, this occurs during the first 3 months of taking Noriday.
If you do notice differences in your periods, don’t stop taking Noriday but consult your doctor for advice.
How long after stopping Noriday will I have a period?
How long it takes for you to have a period can differ between women. Most women have their period in the first few weeks after they stop taking Noriday. If you have had no period 3 weeks after you stopped taking Noriday, you should take a pregnancy test.
It can take between 3 to 6 months for your period cycle to get back to normal after you stop taking the pill.
Can I delay my period with Noriday?
Noriday is not a period delay treatment and you should not use any medication that delays your periods at the same time. You cannot use Noriday to delay your period because this type of pill needs to be taken every day without a break. It is not possible to use it as a delay method.
If you want to delay your period, consult your doctor for advice. You may need to switch to a combined pill or take another type of medication to delay your period.
Although mini pills are safe to take, there are some risks. Common risks associated with Noriday are:
- Ovarian cysts
- Breast cancer
For most women, the benefits of Noriday are far greater than the risks. If you are worried about ovarian cysts or breast cancer, you should discuss this with your GP.
Noriday is 99% effective when taken as prescribed, which means it needs to be taken at the same time every day. Typical use however, reduces its effectiveness to 91%. Typical use may mean you:
- forget to take it correctly
- forget to restart the pill pack at the correct time
- start taking medication which affects the way it works
If you experience sickness or diarrhoea, especially if it occurs within 4 hours of taking the pill, it can make Noriday less effective. This is because, if this happens, Noriday may not have been absorbed into your system properly and will not prevent pregnancy.
You can become pregnant while taking Noriday if you do not take it correctly. If you take it as you are advised, there is little chance of becoming pregnant. You may wish to also use condoms as well as taking Noriday, especially if you are worried about becoming pregnant. Condoms will also protect you from sexually transmitted infections, whereas both the combined and mini pills will not.
You should take Noriday exactly as your doctor has prescribed. If you are taking Noriday for the first time:
- Take Noriday on the first day of your period – known as day 1 of your menstrual cycle and the day bleeding starts
- You will need to take 1 pill per day with water
- Take the pill at any time of the day that suits you but it must be taken around the same time every day
- The pack is marked with the days of the week to help you remember to take the correct pill on the correct day
- Follow the direction of the arrows on the pack and take 1 pill each day until the pack is empty
- When the first pack is finished, begin a new pack on the next day
- There will be no breaks between packs
- For the first 7 days of taking Noriday, you should use additional contraception to make sure you're protected from pregnancy.
If you are taking Noriday after giving birth:
- Take Noriday from day 21 after giving birth whether you are breastfeeding or not
- You will be protected as soon as you have taken the first pill
- If you take it after 21 days, you will not be fully protected until you have been taking it for a full 7 days
For full instructions about how to take Noriday, see the patient information leaflet.
The patient information leaflet advises that for the first 7 days of starting to take Noriday, you should also use another form of contraception to avoid falling pregnant. This includes a condom or cap with spermicide.
This will give the medication a chance to work and give you full protection.
If you take Noriday on the first day of your period, you should be protected from becoming pregnant. If you start Noriday after day 5, you should use condoms for the first 2 days.
Noriday works by thickening the mucus in your cervix. This means that sperm will find it more difficult to reach the womb and fertilise an egg. Progesterone stops an egg from implanting in the womb, rather than stopping an egg from being released from the ovaries (ovulation).
If you have missed your pill but have taken it within 3 hours of when you should normally take it:
- take the pill as soon as you remember
- take the next pill at the normal time
If you are 3 or more hours late taking your Noriday pill:
- you can still become pregnant
- take the pill as soon as you remember
- take the next pill at the normal time which may mean taking 2 pills in 1 day
- you should continue taking your pills as normal but you’ll need to use a condom for the next 7 days
If you have had unprotected sex in the 2 days before you missed your pill, you’ll need to use emergency contraception.
You can stop taking Noriday whenever you want to but you will not be protected from becoming pregnant. Many women stop taking the pill when they want to start a family or change the type of contraception they are using.
Once you have stopped taking Noriday, most women have their first period a few weeks after stopping the pill. It will be difficult to determine the effect stopping Noriday will have on you as it differs between women.
If the pill made your periods lighter and less painful, this may likely change once you stop taking the pill. If you were experiencing side effects while taking Noriday, these are likely to disappear quickly, too.
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