Period Delay Tablets
Period Delay Tablets
Utovlan is an artificial version of a hormone that behaves like the naturally occurring hormone progesterone. It is used to delay a woman’s period for up to 17 days if necessary. It is not a form of contraception, so a woman must continue to take precautions. It is safe to use whilst a woman is taking the mini-pill; however, it isn’t safe whilst using a combined contraceptive pill.
- Can delay for up to 17 days
- Used to delay a woman’s period
- Branded version of cheaper generic Norethisterone
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
Utovlan, the brand name of norethisterone, is a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, used to regulate periods. Norethisterone acts as a supplement to progesterone, keeping levels high so that the uterine wall does not shed as it does in a usual period, and will so prevent a usual bleeding period.
How effective is Utovlan (Norethisterone) for delaying periods?
Utovlan (Norethisterone) is very effective if it is taken correctly - if you miss a dose, you may experience some bleeding or spotting. It is not effective if you begin to take it after your period has started.
Is it safe to take Utovlan (Norethisterone) continuously?
Utovlan (Norethisterone) can be taken for a maximum of 17 days in a row to delay your period. It isn’t suitable to use this medication more than once in four months.
Can I drink alcohol with this medication?
There is no interaction between alcohol and Utovlan (Norethisterone), and so it is safe to consume alcohol when using this medication.
Can I use Utovlan (Norethisterone) 5mg as a form of contraception?
This strength of Utovlan (Norethisterone) is not effective in preventing pregnancy. You should continue to use other methods of contraception when engaging in sexual activity.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking Utovlan.
Some common side effects reported with norethisterone use include:
- Weight change
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Breast tenderness
If you experience any swelling in the lower leg that is painful and hot to touch, stop taking Utovlan immediately and seek medical attention.
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.