You’re getting married or going on holiday but the dates fall around the time that you know your period is due to start. The last thing you need is cramps and mood swings on a special occasion. So, what do you do? Well, you can delay your period. Below is more information about this from one of our GPs.

What are the options?
There are two main options you can take: the combined contraceptive pill back-to-back or Norethisterone. If you are already on the contraceptive pill then that would be the best option to delay it but if you are not then there is Norethisterone. Please note that neither of these options will work as a form of contraception.

How does it work?
The combined contraceptive pill is used to mimic the natural cycle, so having a 7-day break are advised between packets. This allows for the lining of the womb to come away as a period. Whereas Norethisterone is progesterone, a synthetic copy of the female hormone.

How do you use it?
With the combined contraceptive pill, you need to take it back-to-back skipping the 7-day break when you would get your period. Whereas with the period delay medicine, you need to take it 3 times a day 3 days before your period is due for a maximum of 20 days. Allowing you to delay your period for up to 17 days. Once you stop taking this medicine, you will then receive your period 2-3 days later.

Is it safe?
Now and again it is safe to use a delaying method, however, if they are used too often it can lead to erratic and unpredictable bleeding. There are other long-term options that you can discuss with your doctor. Side effects such as dizziness, breast tenderness and drowsiness are possible, however, they are rare.

Please consult a doctor before trying either of these options or contact us if you are considering delaying your period and our doctors will be happy to discuss your options with you.