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Some women may wish to delay a period. This may be if a period is due at a time that would be inconvenient; for example, on a holiday, during an exam, for an event.
Delaying a period cannot be guaranteed but the following usually works.
If you are taking a fixed-dose combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP - often just called 'the pill') then simply start the next pack without the usual 7-day break. Taking two packs back-to-back in this way is safe if it is done occasionally. You still need to have a 7-day break at the end of these two packets.
If you are taking a progesterone only pill (POP) such as Cerazette then you cannot delay your period by taking two pill packets one after the other.
If you are not taking 'the combined pill' then a hormone tablet called Norethisterone can be prescribed. If you are at risk for blood clots, have a history of breast cancer, have focal migraines with aura, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, then norethisterone must not be used.
Before you start Norethisterone it is important that you have had your blood pressure checked and your BMI (body mass index) which can be calculated from your height and current weight. This is to ensure that Norethisterone is suitable for you as it can increase your risk of blood clots, as can a raised blood pressure and a high BMI.