Period Delay Tablets

Period delay tablets work by keeping levels of progesterone elevated, so that the lining of the womb is not broken down and can be used to temporarily stop periods for up to 17 days.

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About Period Delay Tablets

How do period delay tablets work?

In women, progesterone levels vary throughout the course of the month. Towards the end of the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels decline, causing the lining of the womb to break down and leave the body via a bleed, known as a period. Period delay tablets contain progesterone and keep levels raised, ensuring that the lining of the womb is not broken down and shed. This prevents a bleed.

How to delay your period

To stop periods, take one tablet three times a day, starting three days before your expected period start date.

You can take period delay pills for up to 17 days. Your period will restart 2-3 days after stopping the medication.

How to take period delay tablets

Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

Period Delay Tablets Side Effects

Side effects of period delay tablets can include breast tenderness, nausea, mood swings and headaches.

Important note: Do not use period delay pills if you have a history, or family history of blood clots.

Is It Safe to Take Period Delay Tablets?

Most women are able to safely use period delay tablets on an occasional basis. There are some women who are not able to use period delay tablets. For example, those that have had:

  • A blood clot or a family history of blood clots
  • Liver problems
  • A heart attack or angina


It is important to complete our online questionnaire honestly and to the best of your knowledge, before you can order period delay tablets online using our service.

Can You Buy Period Delay Tablets Over the Counter?

No, you cannot buy period delay medication over the counter. You will need to have a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional beforehand.

Buy Period Delay Tablets Online

At Chemist Click, you can buy period delay tablets online after completing a short online questionnaire, which is assessed by one of our pharmacists. If appropriate, your medication will be dispatched in discreet packaging, using a next day delivery courier.

No, you cannot delay menstruation naturally.

To find out more, visit our article: How to stop your period.

Yes, stress can affect your menstrual cycle in different ways. It can delay your period, as well as causing lighter or heavier bleeds.

No, period delay tablets need to be taken three days before your expected period. They are unable to stop bleeding once you have started menstruating.

No, period delay tablets are not a form of contraception and should not be relied upon to prevent pregnancy. Period delay tablets are prescribed at a strength which is meant for postponing menstruation, and you should think about using the contraceptive pill if you wish to prevent pregnancy. If your period is late and you are sexually active, seek medical advice. 

There may be a possible interaction with other medicines you may be taking such as certain medicine used to treat epilepsy, HIV, high blood pressure, some antibiotics and painkillers. You should go through the medical questionnaire which will determine whether or not you are eligible to order period delay tablets. If the questionnaire rules out the use of period delay tablets, you should visit your GP to discuss your options.


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