There are many reasons why you may want to delay your period. It could be because you are heading for a holiday, you want to sit for your exams, or anything else where your period could prove inconvenient. There is a way in which you can delay your periods for a short period of time – via the use of Norethisterone.
Norethisterone is a prescribed hormone tablet. A dosage is typically 5mg taken three times a day. One has to take it three-four days before their periods due date. Depending on when you want your periods to resume, you can continue the dosage for up to 2 weeks or so. Normally, it will take 2-3 days for your period to begin after you stop taking the tablet.
In some cases, you may not observe your period a few days after stopping the tablets. It could be delayed for some time as your body tries to re-adjust to the hormonal changes. However, it is advisable to test for pregnancy if it delays for a whole week or so after stopping the medication, just to be sure it is not pregnancy. Remember that norethisterone is not a contraceptive and so you need to use extra contraceptives methods to prevent pregnancy even when taking the medication. If your periods dont resume after a while, seek medical advice to establish what the problem could be.
How Norethisterone Works
Norethisterone is a form of progesterone, a female hormone that is responsible for sustaining the womb lining. Normally, for menstruation to begin, the uterus has to get rid of its lining. When you are about to have your period, your progesterone hormone levels go down so that your lining is shed. This means that if the levels of this hormone (progesterone) are high, your womb lining will be sustained. It will not be shed, meaning that you will not experience your period, even when its due date comes. Therefore, by taking norethisterone tablets, you increase the levels of progesterone hormone which will in turn sustain your womb lining and prevent it from shedding.
Norethisterone is safe for most women, but if you have an increased risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), you are advised against this method of delaying periods. The common side effects associated with this method include; dizziness, itching, rashes, stomach upset, bloating, reduced sex drive and breast discomfort.