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Period Delay

Can I delay my period?

The short answer is yes! Period delay tablets are suitable when you have something planned coinciding with your period  and for a short period of time. For example: Wedding, holidays, exams etc.


The pharmacist can supply norethisterone 5mg over the counter following a short consultation for a total of 17 days. 17 days treatment (51 tablets) cost approx £24. Click here to complete the pre consultation form.

If you already have a prescription for norethisterone from your GP, this can be dispensed in the pharmacy.

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Is this for me?

You can use this clinic if you are female, aged 16+, and not using the contraceptive pill or any other hormonal contraception (other eligibility criteria apply).

If you’re aged 55 or over, are still menstruating, and want to delay your periods, we recommend you speak to your GP. 

What is norethisterone?

Norethisterone is a prescription-only medicine which will delay your period. It contains the active ingredient norethisterone which works in a similar way to the naturally occurring hormone progesterone. It changes the production of hormones such that ovulation is delayed. It can delay your period for up to 17 days, or until you stop taking the tablets.

You’ll need to take one norethisterone tablet three times a day, starting three days before your period is due and continuing for no more than 14 days afterwards (17 days in total).

Are there any side effects to taking Utovlan?

Norethisterone can cause side effects, including nausea and skin problems, but not everyone will get them. If you live with epilepsy, migraines, asthma, heart or kidney problems, you may find your symptoms are worse while taking norethisterone.

Norethisterone can also increase the risk of developing blood clots- take extra care when flying or taking a long journey. Taking regular breaks to move around during journeys may help prevent blood clots, but if you’re worried, please speak to your GP.

For more information on the side effects of norethisterone, please read the patient information leaflet. If you experience any severe side effects, you should stop taking the tablets and speak to your pharmacist or GP.

How can I reduce the risk of developing blood clots whilst flying?

•  Do exercises such as raising your heels while your toes are still on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are still on the floor. Try doing these at least every 30 minutes

•  Consider buying compression socks. Available to purchase from the pharmacy.

•  Store luggage away so you have enough room to stretch your legs

•  Walk around when you can

•  Drink water

•  Avoid alcohol

•  Avoid sleeping tablets

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