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Norethisterone 5mg Tablets

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⭐For occasional period delay
⭐Used to delay period for up to 17 days
⭐Generic version of Utovlan

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Norethisterone PRICES

Medicine x30 Tablets (Up to 7 days delay) x60 Tablets (Up to 17 days delay)
Norethisterone 5mg Tablets £9.49 £17.99

About Norethisterone Tablets

Key Points

  • Stops the lining of the womb from breaking down to cause a period
  • Can delay periods for up to 17 days
  • Periods usually restart a few days after stopping treatment


Buy Norethisterone Online

You can buy norethisterone tablets online, to stop periods for a special occasion, such as a wedding or holiday. You will need to complete a short online questionnaire, to ensure that treatment is suitable. All orders are dispatched from our UK pharmacy, with next day delivery options available.

What Is Norethisterone Used For?

Norethisterone is a synthetic version of progesterone, a hormone involved in regulating the menstrual cycle in women. Norethisterone 5mg is used as a period delay tablet. Other norethisterone uses include the treatment of certain medical conditions such as endometriosis, heavy periods, or painful periods. It is also used in IVF treatment.

How Does Norethisterone Work?

Progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the course of the month. Towards the end of the cycle, progesterone levels drop, causing the lining of the womb to break down and it is expelled via bleeding. This is known as a period. Norethisterone works by keeping levels of progesterone elevated, so that the lining of the womb is not broken down. This stops bleeding. Once you stop taking norethisterone, progesterone levels will drop, causing a bleed.

How To Take Norethisterone Tablets

The dosage to delay your period is one norethisterone 5mg tablet, THREE times a day, starting three days before your period is due.

Important note: If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time to take your next dose, do not take two tablets together, to make up for the missed dose.


Can You Take Norethisterone on The Day of Your Period?

No, you need to start taking norethisterone tablets three days before the start of your period, for it to be effective.

Norethisterone Side Effects

Side effects of norethisterone include:

  • Irregularities to the menstrual cycle. This can include bleeding or spotting in between periods. 
  • Feeling sick
  • Tenderness of the breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Lower than usual sex drive
  • Headache


You should read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects, and what to look out for.


Are There Any Long-Term Side Effects of Norethisterone?

Norethisterone is not likely to cause any long-term side effects. After stopping treatment, any side effects should go away within a few days.

Does Norethisterone Reset Your Cycle?

Yes, norethisterone will change the date of your cycle. When you take norethisterone, it delays your period. Once you stop taking the tablets, you will get a bleed after a few days, which will reset your cycle. The date your period restarts is your new cycle date. You can expect your next period approximately 28 days after your period starts, assuming you have a 28-day cycle.

Norethisterone Warnings

Speak to your doctor if you have:

  • Epilepsy
  • Migraines
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma
  • Kidney problems


Norethisterone can increase the chances of developing a blood clot. Before taking norethisterone tablets, your doctor or pharmacist will assess your risk of developing a blood clot.

Norethisterone and Pregnancy

Do not take norethisterone if you are pregnant, or there is a chance of pregnancy. Norethisterone can cause birth defects.

Norethisterone and Breastfeeding

Norethisterone is safe to use whilst breastfeeding.

Norethisterone Interactions

Active ingredient: Norethisterone 5mg

Inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, and magnesium stearate

Norethisterone Alternatives

Norethisterone vs Utovlan

  • Utovlan is the branded version or norethisterone
  • There is no difference in effectiveness
  • Any differences will be in the inactive ingredients


Norethisterone vs Provera

  • Provera is not licensed as a period delay medication, however the risk of blood clots is lower with Provera; therefore, it can be used as an option to delay periods in women with a higher risk of blood clots
  • Provera is more expensive than norethisterone

No, norethisterone is a prescription-only medication, which requires a prescription from a qualified healthcare professional.

No, it is too late to start taking norethisterone. You should start taking norethisterone tablets 3 days before your period is due.

No, norethisterone cannot stop your period once it has started. Unfortunately, no period delay pills can stop menstruation immediately.

Norethisterone can be used to help treat period irregularities, however, this is done off-license.

No, norethisterone is not available to delay periods on the NHS.

Most women find that norethisterone is effective at delaying their period. Some women may find that they experience occasional spotting (small spots of blood that are visible on underwear), or light breakthrough bleeds. Taking norethisterone tablets closer to the time of your expected period can increase the chances of this happening. It is important to try and take norethisterone three days before your expected period to reduce the chances of spotting. If you take norethisterone too late, it will reduce the chances of it working to stop your period.

Your period will start around 2-3 days after stopping norethisterone. 

Norethisterone is a contraceptive when used at a different strength. The dose of norethisterone tablets required to delay periods will not prevent you from getting pregnant. There is a chance that you can ovulate when taking norethisterone, so you should practice contraception if you do not wish to get pregnant. You may wish to consider a combined oral contraceptive pill and miss out the tablet-free interval if you wish to benefit from contraception.

Norethisterone will work if you take it 3 days before your expected period date.

20 days, which will provide stop your period for 17 days (as you take 1 tablet 3 times a day starting 3 days before your period is due).

Yes, there is no interaction between norethisterone and alcohol.

Take it as soon as you remember. If you remember when it is time for your next dose, do not take two tablets together.

Norethisterone tablets are an effective way in delaying periods. You should always check with your doctor beforehand to see if it is suitable for you to take these tablets, as it can be dangerous for some women (e.g. women with a personal or family history of blood clots). You should fill out our questionnaire which will determine whether you can use norethisterone safely

It is important that you check the rules for the country that you are travelling to. Most countries will not have an issue and you can safely bring medication for personal use into their country. Some countries such as Dubai, will require you to bring a copy of the prescription. We suggest that you check with the embassy of the country that you’re travelling to for the correct procedures in regards to bringing prescription medication into other countries. If you require a copy of your prescription, please let us know.  

Product Reviews For Norethisterone 5mg Tablets

Summary For Norethisterone 5mg Tablets

Medication class Progestin
Mechanism of action Prevents the womb lining from breaking down to cause a bleed
Active ingredient Norethisterone
Strength 5mg
Effective within 3 days
Dosage instructions 1 tablet, 3 times a day, starting 3 days before expected period
Manufacturer Wockhardt
Use with alcohol No known interaction


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