What are period delay tablets?
Period delay tablets are pills that can delay your monthly period for up to fourteen days. They contain a synthetic progesterone hormone called norethisterone and work in a similar way to some brands of hormonal contraceptives. Most healthy women can use period delay tablets with minimal side effects, and as long as you’re taking a daily pill, you won’t have your period. They may also be prescribed to treat heavy or painful periods, endometriosis, and breast cancer.
Why do women delay their periods?
If you have a special event like a honeymoon or a holiday coming up, the last thing you want is to be on your period. Not only can it spoil your sex life, but if you suffer from side effects like cramps, bloating, emotional disturbances, or tiredness, it could really reduce your enjoyment of a once in a lifetime experience.
When is period delay useful?
- Weddings and honeymoons
- Special time with a partner
- Exams or stressful events
- Sporting or athletic events
Medical reasons for using period delay tablets
- Painful cramps
- Heavy bleeding
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Menstrual migraine headaches
- Hematological alterations
- Fibroid tumors
When the pill became available in the 1960s, one of the big additional benefits for many women was lighter and easier periods. Scientists adapted the pill to create period delay tablets, allowing you to safely delay your period for up to two weeks. If you meet the basic health requirements for a Utovlan prescription, there’s no need to plan important events around your period!
Is it safe to delay my period?
There are some basic health requirements for taking period delay tablets, but most women can use them safely for up to fourteen days. When you complete the short medical questionnaire, your online GP will check that you don’t have any medical problems that prevent you from taking Utovlan.
As a rule of thumb, if you can safely use hormonal contraception, you can usually also use period delay tablets. But if you suffer from any of the following conditions, our GP may be unable to prescribe Utovlan.
- You are allergic to norethisterone (sometimes called norethindrone) the active ingredient in Utovlan.
- If you are pregnant, or there is a chance that you may be pregnant.
- If you, or a family member, has suffered from blood clots or DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
- If you have any history of heart problems or angina.
- If you have liver problems.
If you are very overweight, or suffer from asthma, migraines, or kidney problems, you should mention it on your health questionnaire. You should also list any other medicines that you are currently taking. Our online GPs first concern is for your personal health, and they will always treat you as an individual when considering a prescription.
Period delay - frequently asked questions
Period delay is generally a safe, simple and convenient procedure for most women. We found that there are a few key questions that patients at DoktorABC ask about delaying their periods:
Is it safe to interfere with my menstrual cycle?
Yes, your natural monthly cycle may vary slightly anyway, and it is not a problem to delay your period for a week or two.
Are period delay tablets like Utovlan safe to use?
If you meet the basic health requirements for the medication (and you aren’t taking any conflicting medicines) period delay tablets are usually very safe. Your online GP will carefully check your health questionnaire to make sure that you can take the tablets safely.
Do period delay tablets cause side effects?
All prescription medicines can potentially cause side effects. A minority of women will experience side effects from period delay tablets like Utovlan. These are usually mild, but more serious side effects can occasionally occur. It is important to read the product leaflet before taking period delay tablets.
How long can I delay my period for?
Your online GP will usually only prescribe period delay tablets for a maximum of 14 days. If you need to delay your period for longer, login to your account and contact your GP directly.