How to delay your period for the holidays

Menstrual cramps and bloating don't mix with bikini-time. Fortunately you can now buy pills on the high street to delay your period.

How to delay your period for the holidays
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If you're planning your wedding, going hiking in the mountains or heading to the sun for a beach holiday with your pals, the last thing you want to have to worry about is your period. But is it possible to delay menstruation, and is it safe? Our resident pharmacist Rita Ghelani explains how to delay your period and make the most of your holidays:

Is it safe to delay your period?

From bloating to cramps to hormones, there are a number of reasons why periods and holidays just don't mix. If it's not convenient or you simply want a break from menstruating so you can focus on enjoying yourself, it's perfectly normal to delay your period for a short time. Ask your GP for advice, or you can try one of the following options:

✔️ The combined pill to delay your period

If you are taking a combined oral contraceptive pill, which you take for three weeks and then have a week's break during which time you have a period, then you could delay your period by just starting your next packet of pills without a break.

There is a small risk that you may still experience some bleeding, due to the uterus lining shedding slightly. Taking two cycles of combined oral contraceptive pills without a break will not affect the effectiveness of the pill.



✔️ Norethisterone to delay your period

If you are not taking a combined oral contraceptive pill then you may be able to take norethisterone to postpone your period. Norethisterone is the synthetic version of a group of hormones called progestogens, which are naturally occurring in the body and also found in the mini-pill and combined contraceptive pill.

Taking one norethisterone (5mg) tablet three times a day, two or three days before your period and continuing it for as long as needed will help you delay your period during your holiday. You will have a normal period a few days after you stop taking norethisterone.

⚠️ Taking norethisterone tablets to delay your period will not protect you against pregnancy, so you still need to use a method of contraception, such as a condom.

Where can you buy norethisterone?

Norethisterone is now available on the high street as a walk-in service at Superdrug pharmacies, or alternatively your doctor may be able to give you a prescription for the tablets.

If you purchase norethisterone from a pharmacy there will be a charge for this service and you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. A copy of this will be sent to your surgery to keep your doctor informed.

Can you buy norethisterone online?

Some online doctor services do supply norethisterone tablets to delay periods. To place an order, they will ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire and one of their doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment. Visit Superdrug.com for details.



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