Norethisterone 5mg taken three times a day, may be used to delay your period. It should be started 3 days before your period is due, and continued until you want your period to restart. You should normally notice your period return after 2 or 3 days once it is stopped.
Please fully read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the medication before starting treatment. This will contain more comprehensive information and a full list of side effects.
Take the tablets with a drink of water either before or after meals. Aim to take your doses at the same times of day, as this will help you to remember to take them.
It should only be used on an occasional basis and for no longer than 3 to 4 weeks for this purpose. It does not work as a contraceptive.
Norethisterone is a progestagen hormone, which helps the body maintain the womb lining. When the levels of Progestagen in the body fall, the lining of womb is shed and this results in a period.
It is important that you use contraception such as condoms whilst taking norethisterone to avoid pregnancy, as this medication can affect fetal development. If you need advice on contraception then speak to your nurse, doctor of family planning clinic.
Common side-effects include:
- spotting- small amounts of vaginal bleeding
Less common side effects include:
- stomach upset
- breast discomfort
- reduced sex drive (libido)
- skin reactions
The side effects will often improve as the body gets used to the medication.