| I'm Going On Vacation. Is There Any Way To Delay My Period Without Taking The Pill?
So you would like to delay your period until after your vacation but you don't take oral contraceptives? While there is no natural remedy to bring about a delay in periods, fortunately there is a medication which can help you and its called Norethisterone 5mg. Norethisterone is available both in Europe and the Unites States. It should be started 3 days before your period is due and you will need to continue taking one 5mg tablet every day until the end of the packet or until you are ready to start your period. So when you come back from vacation you can stop taking the medication and your period should arrive within 2 or 3 days. One treatment packet contains 30 pills. You should avoid taking more than 1 pack unless your doctor says you can.
How It Works
Norethisterone contains a synthetic (man-made) version of the hormone progestogen, called progestin. Progestogen is naturally produced by your body and is important for controlling your menstrual cycles. At the end of a cycle, progestogen levels drop and the lining of the womb starts to shed - that is when you get your period. By taking norethisterone before the lining breaks down, it keeps your levels of progestogen high enough to keep the lining in place until you stop taking the drug.
Is It Safe?
Yes, very safe if prescribed correctly. Many women choose to take it before special vacations like honeymoons or romantic getaways. Norethisterone is only available on prescription, which means your doctor has to check first whether it is right for you. If should not be taken if you are breastfeeding, have a history of blood clots, liver tumors, jaundice or if you are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding. You should also avoid it if you have had cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer or cancer of the vagina. Generally most women tolerate the medication very well but possible side effects include:
• Tummy pain.
• Breakthrough bleeding can occur if part of the womb starts to sheds. This is more likely if you miss your dose.
• Norethisterone should only be taken by women who are NOT taking the contraceptive pill.
• It does not prevent pregnancy, so you will still need to take normal precautions.
• In higher dosages norethisterone can also be used to treat other female disorders - for example, it is an endometriosis treatment, and is also used to treat heavy periods, PMS symptoms and painful periods. It may also be used to as a breast cancer treatment in advanced cases.
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• Need more information? See: Guide to Menstruation
• Got another question? See: Womens Health Questions
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