Help & Advice
What causes my Period?
The menstrual cycle is a series of changes a women’s body goes through every month. Certain stages of this cycle include:
- Ovulation - when an egg is released by an ovary
- Hormonal changes - prepare the uterus for pregnancy
- Menstrual period - the shedding of the lining of the uterus from the vagina if ovulation without fertilization of the egg takes place
- Menstrual bleeding is variable in women but on average occurs every 21 to 35 days and lasts 2 to 7 days
Why would I want to delay my Period?
A woman might wish to delay a period if:
- It is due at an inconvenient time such as for:
- An important exam
- A sports event
- A vacation
- A special occasion such as a wedding or honeymoon
- A religious festival
In any of these cases short term period delay is ideal.
- It impacts her quality of life
- A woman has a physical condition worsened by periods such as:
- Migraines triggered by hormonal changes
- Debilitating physical or psychological symptoms associated with periods
- Heavy, long or frequent periods
- Painful periods
- Substantial mood changes or other psychological disturbances
What medicines are used to delay a Period?
- Norethisterone 5mg (for short term period delay)
- A progesterone-like hormone
- Used to delay period in those not taking oral contraceptives
- May be used occasionally to delay a period. Other medications are better suited for long-term period delay.
- Delays a period by increasing progesterone in the body which leads to retention of the lining of the uterus until norethisterone is withdrawn
- You should expect a period two to three days after stopping this medication
- Should be taken three days before your period is due for up to 20 days
- It is important to know that this medication is not a contraceptive and should not be used to prevent pregnancy
- Delaying a period as instructed above is safe for most women. Our clinical team will examine your medical history to make sure that you are eligible before prescribing this medication
- Women who have a history of clotting should not take this medication
- Oral contraceptives (for longer term period delay)
- Available in numerous formulations
- Can be used to delay period if taken as directed by a medical professional