What is Norethisterone?
Norethisterone is a synthetic hormone that can be used to delay your period. It should be used on a temporary and occasional basis when the delaying of your period is necessary, and not beyond this time.
How does Norethisterone work?
Norethisterone works through effectively tricking your body into thinking that it is pregnant, therefore delaying or stopping the process of preparing the uterus lining to be shed, and delaying the period from taking place until the medication is stopped. You should get your period around 2-3 days after stopping taking norethisterone – if a week passes without getting your period post-treatment, contact a healthcare professional. It is important to note that norethisterone is not a form of contraception, and usual contraceptive methods should be used whilst taking it.
How should Norethisterone be taken?
Norethisterone tablets should be taken three times a day, swallowed with water. Treatment should be started approximately three days before the period is due to take place.
Is Norethisterone suitable for me?
Norethisterone is suitable for women who wish to delay their period and are not already taking contraceptives such as the combined pill. However, it is suitable for those who are on the mini pill. It should not be taken by those with asthma or migraines as it may trigger a flare up of these conditions.