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How to Safely Delay Your Period

Periods can easily prove to be a major inconvenience for most women, especially when there’s a big event on the horizon. For a variety of lifestyle and relationship reasons, more women are today searching for reliable and safe methods to stop or control their periods (also referred to as menstrual suppression or delaying your period).

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The most common approach is to use period delay pills, such as Norethisterone, or by manipulating the use of birth control medication to delay menstruation by a few days. This generally gives a solution to suit most women.

Is Delaying Your Period Safe?

There are number of methods for skipping, delaying, or even stopping periods altogether. These methods can be extremely helpful for those women who tend to find periods limiting, painful, or just inconvenient. The increase in such period suppression techniques have however led to an ongoing debate regarding the potential health risks that come with the natural flow of your menstrual cycle.

Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between the periods is widespread when using birth control pills for preventing or delaying periods, particularly during the initial few months. However, breakthrough bleeding will typically decrease over the passage of time as the body gets to adjust to the new medical regimen. A potential drawback of regularly delaying your periods is that it becomes quite difficult to easily tell if you’re potentially pregnant.

If your doctor deems it’s fine for you to use birth control pills for normal fertility control, then it’s probably quite safe for you to use them for delaying your monthly period. However, not all medical experts think it’s the best idea to delay your menstruation, as it can affect the body‘s natural mechanisms.

What are the Methods of Delaying Your Period?


Norethisterone tablets work by preventing your uterus from shedding its lining as it would normally do when menstruation begins. It is a synthetic progesterone and comes in the form of a tablet. The dosage required to delay periods is one 5mg tablet taken three times each day.

You need to begin taking the Norethisterone 5mg tablets at least 3 days prior to your period due date and to continue to take it for the entire duration that you wish to have your period delayed.

Period delay pills can be used to delay your periods for up to of 17 days. Once you stop taking Norethisterone, your period is most likely to resume after 2 or 3 days, although the time scale could differ from one individual to the next.

Contraceptive Pills

Traditional birth control pills are designed to regulate natural menstrual cycle. The standard pill pack typically comes with 28 pills, although only 21 are really active —the other 7 pills are inactive for birth control. The bleeding you experience during the 7 days when you are taking the inactive pills is generally withdrawal bleeding, the body’s reaction to stopping the active hormones.

When you skip those 7 inactive pills and immediately start a new active pills pack straight away, you will not experience this type of withdrawal bleeding. If you’re looking to delay your period for a few days, it’s possible to use this method occasionally. As with Norethisterone, it’s recommended that this approach is not used on a regular basis.

Softcup or Nuvaring

For those women who only want a short term fix, they could try a Softcup. While this is essentially a hygiene product for the females, the Softcup can work well for close to 12 hours. It’s important to note that this won’t offer protection against STI’s, nor is it a contraceptive device, but it can be a way of managing your period for a short time.

In case you are using contraceptive rings like Nuvaring, after the 3 weeks simply go ahead and pop a new ring into place rather than have your regular 7 day break. Medical experts recommend that such methods should not be used for delaying periods for more than 3 months.

Are there any Side Effects of Period Delay Pills?

Normally, Norethisterone does not come with side-effects because you only take it for a very short duration. However, the most widespread common side-effects which could be experienced by some women include nausea, headaches, dizziness, rashes, itching or depression.

The method is not safe for those who have a family or personal history of thrombosis, therefore it is important to confer with a doctor prior to starting the tablets. When ordering from Dr Felix, we will ask a few questions about your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

Although Norethisterone is quite safe for the majority of women for the occasional usage, it should not be taken regularly. Additionally, it is ought not to be used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. Norethisterone is generally safe when with lots of medications, although there are several which may be unsuitable for usage with it.

Why Delay Your Period?

There are numerous reasons why women may want to delay their period for a few days. In fact, according to a study published in the Contraception Journal, 17% of women have reported having used hormonal contraception to delay or skip their periods. Typical reasons include going on holiday, an upcoming wedding or major event, honeymoons, a weekend away with your partner or an important business event.

Period delay pills have proven to be very effective for close to 14 days, providing much needed relief for those women who are worried about receiving their period at an inconvenient time. You can order period delay pills Norethisterone or Utovlan from DrFelix, a fast, convenient, discreet and affordable online doctor and pharmacy and have them delivered to an address of your choice in discreet packaging. To buy period delay tablets, simply fill in a brief online consultation here to be reviewed by one of our doctors and issue a prescription if appropriate.

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