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Period delay tablets contain the hormone norethisterone and can be taken to delay menstruation for several weeks. You can choose between a 10, 20 or 30 day course. The period delay tablets we offer are the branded medication Utovlan.

To order pills to delay your period you need to answer a few questions on our brief questionnaire. Our online doctor will make sure that you can take the tablets before they prescribe medication.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

How can I delay my period?

There are two possible ways of delaying your period. Women who regularly take a contraceptive pill can use it to delay their menstruation. Women who are not using a hormone based contraceptive can take norethisterone tablets to control the date of their next period. Norethisterone is a synthetic version of progesterone, a hormone which naturally occurs in the human body. Norethisterone is often prescribed to treat menstrual disorders such as heavy periods or severe period pain. DrEd only prescribes it for the use as period delay tablets. Speak to your GP if you require the tablets for any other purpose.

How do period delay pills need to be taken?

You need to take norethisterone three times a day in order for the treatment to be effective. One tablet needs to be taken in the morning, one around midday and one in the evening, ideally at the same time every day. Each tablet contains 5mg of the active ingredient norethisterone. We offer three pack sizes of 30, 60 or 90 tablets suitable for delaying your period by 10, 20 or 30 days. You will have your next period within three days after you have stopped taking period delay pills. If you do not have a period after using norethisterone tablets and have had sex in the meantime you need to go to a doctor and check whether you might be pregnant.

Who can take period delay tablets?

Most women who are not taking a contraceptive pill can use period delay tablets to control their menstruation. However, the tablets are not suitable for women with an increased risk of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. They are also not prescribed to women who suffer or have suffered from unexplained vaginal bleeding (other than a period) or those allergic to one of the ingredients. Period delay tablets are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, patients with liver or heart problems. Women who have suffered from jaundice or an itchy rash called pemphigoid during pregnancy can also not take norethisterone. The same applies if you have the blood condition porphyria or a generalised itching called pruritus.

Period delay tablets can interact with other medications. Make sure you tell your prescribing doctor about any medication you are currently taking or have recently taken before you start taking norethisterone. This includes any herbal or non-prescription medication. For more information about drug interactions, visit our page about Utovlan tablets.

If you are taking a combined oral contraceptive you can use it to delay your period. Instead of taking a seven day break after one blister pack you need to continue with the next blister pack straight away. Take the 21 tablets in the new blister pack over the course of the following three weeks as usual. If you skip the pill-free week, your period will be delayed until the end of the new pack. Some women experience minor breakthrough bleeding or spotting when using their contraceptive pill to delay a period. You will experience your next period within 2 - 3 days after finishing the second blister pack. You can find further information about skipping your pill break on the patient information leaflet for your specific contraceptive pill.

Norethisterone Tablets

Norethisterone tablets can cause side effects. Most women tolerate the tablets well. The following side effects are possible:

  • bleeding or spotting between period
  • changes in discharge from the vagina
  • unusual vagial bleeding
  • cervical erosions (may show when you have a smear test)
  • breast tenderness, breast pain
  • discharge from the breasts
  • dizziness, headache, depression and other side effects relating to the nervous system
  • feeling or being sick, diarrhoea and constipation
  • jaundice and liver problems
  • changes in your blood fat levels and blood sugar levels
  • visual disturbances, sugar in your urine
  • blood clots and swellings in your veins
  • cardiovascular side effects including increased blood pressure, palpitations, heart attack and stroke
  • acne, rash
  • increase in body hair and hair loss
  • fluid retention
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in sex drive
  • fatigues
  • increase in your blood levels of calcium

Period delay with the contraceptive pill can cause:

  • bleeding or spotting between periods

The contraceptive pill can cause a range of other side effects.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

Period Delay

1 Order Prescription

Complete a fast and simple online health questionnaire

2 Doctor Prescribes

Doctor reviews your suitability and if appropriate issues your prescription

3 Prescription Delivered

We’ll send urgent scripts fast to any Irish pharmacy or the paper script to your address

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You can complete one of our online assessments at any time, whenever it suits you. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.

  1. Choose your medication
    You'll complete a short online health assessment and choose the medication you need. If you\'re unsure, our in-house GPs can also recommend the best treatment for you.

  2. Our GP prescribes your medication
    Our doctors will review your order and issue your prescription.

  3. Free delivery to your door or collect from the pharmacy
    Free delivery to your address is included. Or for urgent orders you can collect straight from your pharmacy

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