Period delay medication allows you to delay your menstruation cycle for a certain period of time.
Why use? for increased convenience, if going on holiday or a special occasion is coming up
30 days is the usual time cycle of a woman’s period. However, for a reason if you wish to delay it, you can do so using natural methods or artificial medications. Natural methods do not have specific research to back their effectiveness, and artificial methods do and need a prescription. It is best recommended to consult your doctor before adopting any approach.
Period delay medicines are taken 3 days prior to the day you think your period will begin. They can help to push your periods by 17 days. These medicines can be taken for up to 17 days; however, you can discontinue them anytime you like. Your period will restart 3 days after you stop taking the medicine.
The most commonly used medicines for period delay
These drugs can be purchased here from MedsNow. You will be able to track your order online and ensure safe and secure doorstep delivery for your medicines.
Period delay tablets contain the hormone progesterone. When a woman is in the ovulation phase, her body releases an egg into the fallopian tubes. In response, the oestrogen and progesterone hormonal levels of the body increase in order to prepare for an implantation of a fertilised egg. But if the egg is not fertilised, the hormonal levels drop down. As a result, the lining which has developed inside the womb with the help of these hormones starts breaking down, and this is known as the period or menstruation cycle.
To delay periods, the hormonal levels of the body have to be stopped from breaking down, and that’s exactly what period delay medicines do. By artificially increasing the level of progesterone in the body, the tablets prevent the lining of the womb from shedding and thus delays your menstruation cycle.
However, women MUST consult their doctor before taking these medicines which may sometimes not be suitable to your health condition.
Apart from delaying your period when you have a special occasion to look forward to or a dream vacation that you have planned for, period delay medicines also help make the bleeding lighter and the cycle less painful. Generally, girls and women tend to have periods which are accompanied with a variety of other premenstrual symptoms like stomach and lower pelvic region cramps, bloating, mood swings, acne or changes to the hair and skin and more. The additional dosage of hormones from period delay medicines help reduce the occurrence and severity of these symptoms too.
While artificially delaying the period occasionally is alright, regular usage of period delay medicines is not recommended. Additionally, like every other medicine, period delay medicines can have certain side effects too.
spotting- small amounts of vaginal bleeding
Less common side effects include:
fluid retention (oedema)
Using medication to delay your period is safe, as long as there is no prolonged usage. Most women tend to use it only when they have some specific life event coming up and they do not wish to be disturbed by a period during this time – say examinations, pre-planned vacation, wedding, etc.
Period delay medication can delay your period upto three weeks. As far as your regular cycle is concerned, you need not worry about messing that up. Your body will automatically correct itself one month in all the succeeding months after the delayed period, till you are back to your usual routine cycle.
Women who take a combined contraceptive pill can take two packets back to back to skip a period, by missing out the 7-day break in the middle. This helps keep oestrogen and progesterone levels high in your body and thus prevents your womb lining from shedding. When the second packet gets over, you will get your period as usual as the hormone levels will fall.
It is usually safe to occasionally take packets one after the other, but limit it to not more than three packets. Also, if you have been advised to take a phasic pill, you must consult your doctor before trying to delay your period.
Can you get period delay tablets over the counter?
No, period delay tablets are prescription-only drugs. Since these tablets affect your hormonal cycle, they can have serious health risks if taken in an unregulated manner. Hence, it’s safest to consult your doctor before taking the medication.
Your GP can guide you in regards to this tablet; or you can consult online doctors like we have on MedsNow and purchase these drugs online to get a doorstep delivery.
When can I use the contraceptive pill to delay my period?
Contraceptive pills can help you delay your period if you have been taking them for several weeks. However, they will not work if you attempt to take the pill just before your period is about to start.
Can I use period delay tablets to manage heavy periods?
Period delay medicines are only meant to delay your period. They cannot be used to manage heavy periods.
What if my period does not return after 3 days?
Ideally, your period should return 3 days after you consumed your last tablet. However, if you have had sex during that period, there is a possibility that you may have become pregnant as a result of which you period has not returned. In such case, it is best you consult your doctor.
How many period delay tablets do I have to take every day?
Period delay tablets are taken three times every day. It is best to stick to the same timing in order to ensure the delay function of the tablet. An ideal schedule to follow would be one tablet in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Will period delay tablets stop me becoming pregnant?
No, period delay tablets are not contraceptives. You will need to use a birth control method to avoid pregnancy.
Which women should not take period delay tablets?
Period tablets are not recommended for certain women. A lady who is pregnant or nursing should avoid taking delay tablets. If you have had vaginal bleeding at some point of time but are unsure about its cause, then you must not take this tablet. Period delay tablets directly impact our hormones, so if you are allergic to certain drugs or similar hormones, please avoid using period delay tablets. If you have suffered from blood clots or thrombosis in the past, or if you have ailments associated with liver or heart, do not take these tablets. Women who are suffering from certain diseases like porphyria (a blood disease), severe itching known as pruritis or who have been jaundiced during a past pregnancy should not use these tablets.
How long does it take for your period to come after taking norethisterone?
After taking period delay medicines, menstruation should ideally start within 2-3 days.
Can stress delay periods?
Stress results in a drop in ovulation, and as a result delays your period. However, this is not a healthy way to delay periods.
I've heard that heating the pelvis can bring a period on earlier – is this true?
Warming the uterus by sitting in a hot bath or using a warm compress on the lower pelvic region, helps dilate the blood vessels and increases blood supply. As a result, the menstrual blood flow increases which results in an early period.
Can eating gelatin delay menstruation?
Gelatincontains has anti-estrogenic properties, which are said to delay periods. However, this is not a scientifically proven method which testifies this claim or disapproves it either. Hence, it is best that one sticks to tested and proven hormonal treatments like Norethisterone or the combined contraceptive pill for reliable period delay.
Does taking Vitamin B6 supplements delay menstrual bleeding?
Medical trials involving Vitamin B6 looked at its role in the treatment of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). However, the low quality of most of the trials can mean that the conclusions may or may not be valid.But these do show that doses of 50-100mg/day can help with PMS symptoms.
Can I delay my period using exercise?
Sudden starting of exercises are seen to disrupt the menstrual cycle. But how much of this disruption is directly due to the exercise and how much due to weight loss is not clearly established yet. Although exercise can be a cause of period delay, we recommend that you choose a more reliable method.
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