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Period Delay Tablets

Planned that holiday of a lifetime, a romantic weekend away, or perhaps the timing is just really inconvenient.  Don't let your periods ruin the occasion.  Travelpharm supply Period Delay Tablets to help delay your period until a more convenient time.  With great prices, a simple free online consultation and fast discreet delivery with our partners Royal Mail, you can rely on Travelpharm not to delay what should be delayed.  

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Period Delay Tablets - Buy Period Delay Tablets Online

Can you buy tablets to delay your period? Yes, of course, you can!  Travelpharm will sell, after a successful consultation, tablets that will help delay or postpone your period.  Which is great for times where a period would be inconvenient.  Our prescriber who is registered with the GPhC will assess your consultation and if there are any problems or concerns will get in touch to discuss these with you.  If the product is not suitable then a full refund will be issued.  


How to delay a period?

When looking to buy medication to delay your period there is only one drug that is routinely used in the UK, and that is Norethisterone.  They are sometimes called Utovlan, which is the brand name.  Norethisterone is a progesterone hormone that alters the menstrual cycle and prevents the breakdown of the womb lining (a period).

 

Can you buy Period Delay Tablets over the counter?

The answer is No, but you can buy them without a trip to see your doctor face to face.  Norethisterone can be bought from Travelpharm to delay your periods by filling out a short online consultation.  Simply select the product, choose how many Period Delay Tablets you require, and complete the online questionnaire.  Once you have checked out our specialist pharmacist will check your consultation to check that Period delay tablets will be suitable and if they are our team will despatch your medicines quickly and efficiently.  If there is a problem, one of the prescribers will be in touch and if the product is not suitable a full refund will be issued.  

 

How long can I safely delay my period?

Travelpharm will sell up to 2 boxes of norethisterone 5mg which will allow you to delay your period for approximately 17 days.  The product is designed for occasional use only and should not be used more than approximately 3-4 times per year (unless indicated and prescribed by your doctor).  If you are currently using a contraceptive pill then you cannot use Norethisterone to delay your period.  Instead please speak with your doctor, nurse and/or see this article published by the NHS on How to Delay your Period. 

 

Who should not use Period Delay tablets?

Period Delay tablets usually have weak oestrogen (estrogen) activity which means they are unsuitable in patients where estrogens are not recommended.  The following patients should not use Period Delay tablets:

  • Women who are allergic to any active or inactive ingredient contained in the tablet
  • Who are Pregnant
  • Have a history of miscarriage and jaundice
  • Have a history of Blood Clots, especially in the leg (Venous Thromboembolism) or lungs (Pulmonary Embolism)
  • Ongoing Cardiovascular problems, eg Angina, recent Heart Attack (Myocardial infarction)
  • Liver problems
  • Porphyria 
  • Undiagnosed irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Migraine sufferers

If the following occur whilst using Norethisterone, please discontinue immediately:

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • New onset of migraine-type headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Significant mood changes


The risk of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Period Delay tablets

It is well documented that hormonal medicines containing estrogens are associated with increased risk of VTE, but that increased risk is less than the risk during pregnancy but higher than not using estrogens.  Therefore it is vitally important that anyone who uses estrogens or hormonal contraception beware of this very serious risk.  A VTE is a blood clot that usually starts in veins in the extremities of the body, for example, the lower leg.  Typical symptoms will include swelling of the area, redness and discomfort.  The blood clot represents a risk because it can travel very quickly to the heart or lungs which can ultimately and very quickly prove fatal.  Whilst the absolute risk is very low for an event like this it is very important that the user is aware of the possibility of a VTE.  Should you experience symptoms like this, immediately seek emergency medical attention.  A quick blood test is all that is required to diagnose this potentially fatal condition. 

The risk of VTE is greater for those who suffer the following conditions:

  • Migraines especially those with visual disturbances
  • Obesity - doubles the risk
  • Cardiovascular Health issues, like recent heart attack, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Recent major surgery
  • Poor mobility
  • Age: Over 40 risk doubles each decade A family.org)
  • A family history of VTE

The evidence for norethisterone and VTE is relatively limited as most studies observed the effect of combined oral contraceptives pills which combine norethisterone with ethinylestradiol. Because 1mg of orally administered Norethisterone is metabolised into 4-6mcg of Ethinyl Estradiol is should be noted that there is a potential risk of VTE caused by estrogens and the advice above should still be considered despite Norethisterone being classed as progesterone. (Mansour D Safer prescribing of therapeutic norethisterone for women at risk of venous thromboembolism J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2012;38:148-149.)

 

The article was written by Andrew Walton MPharm (August 2020)

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