You can sync your calendar to your phone, but sometimes you can’t sync your body to your calendar. Your period is a normal part of your life, but sometimes it can arrive at the least opportune time, say on a wedding weekend away or on holiday. But don’t worry, there is a way to delay your period, so your plans aren’t affected.
Long story short, they are both are the same, and both delay your period. Norethisterone is the generic name for period delay medication, whilst Utovlan is a brand that contains the same drug and is often charged more as it is a named brand. Dr Andrews supplies both, with generic norethisterone being available in 30 tablets for 10-day treatment course (£9.49) or 60 tablets for a 20-day treatment course (£15.49). Dr Andrews also supplies Utovlan in 30 tablets for 10-day treatment course (£9.99) or 50 tablets for a 20-day treatment course (£17.99).
Norethisterone is a synthetic progestogen that is similar to the progesterone hormone women naturally produce. During a menstrual cycle, the level of progesterone hormone falls which causes the lining of the womb to shed and the period to occur. However, if norethisterone is taken during this time, the levels don’t fall which prevents menstruation from happening.
Norethisterone has to be taken three days before your period is due, as well as taking one tablet three times a day for up 20 days in total, delaying your period for up to 17 days. Once the treatment course is complete you should start your period two to four days.
Norethisterone is safe for most women to use on an occasional basis but should not be used to delay periods regularly. Norethisterone is not a contraception and while taking it you will still need to protect yourself using another method such as condoms to avoid pregnancy.
Like all medications, how well it works, and its side effects varies from woman to woman. Common side effects include low mood, acne, breast tenderness, fluid retention and loss of libido (always read the label).
Norethisterone is safe for the majority of women however women should avoid taking the medication if they are pregnant or they think they might be. Always check with your GP if you are unsure regarding medication, as they will be able to advise you further.
For more information on period delay, visit: www.drandrews.com