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Period Delaying Pills Uses, Types, Doses, and Side Effects
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Period Delaying Pills Uses, Types, Doses, and Side Effects

Period Delaying Pills Uses, Types, Doses, and Side Effects

Period delaying pills contain a female hormone called progesterone which when taken around 3 to 4 days before the predicted date can help to postpone menstruation date. Period delaying pills like Norethisterone 5mg tablets are prescribed during irregular periods and abnormal menstrual cycle.

In many communities in India, women on their periods do not participate in religious functions or occasions or visit a temple. It always feels bad to be left behind, especially when you are planning for a holiday and you get your menses on the first day. Your mood, the joy and the excitement are all lost because of periods and you wish you had planned it some other day. Women, many a time, are worried about their period coinciding with such important occasions but taking pills or medication to postpone menses can be a viable solution to it. However, before taking any period delaying pill one should know everything about it. How does it work? When to take it? Its side effects and when to avoid it. It is important to know about the dosage of these pills, the best period delaying pills available in the country and the problems you face during mensuration. Here are a few things you need to know before taking these pills.

What are period delaying pills?

Just as the name suggests, these pills are made for women who want to delay their periods, sometimes for more than 2 weeks. The reason for this can be an important occasions or vacation or a sporting event. These pills are effective in delaying periods as they contain progesterone, a female sex hormone produced during pregnancy. These pills are taken around 3 to 4 days before the predicted date to help postpone periods.

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What are different types of period delaying pills?

There is a wide range of period delaying pills available in the market. Pills containing progesterone are commonly taken, as they are safer and effective compared to other varieties. Pills like Norethisterone (synthetic progesterone) are also effective but it has a risk of causing side effects. Before taking any of these pills, you must know the over-dosage of these pills as they may cause problems in menstruation and cause irregular periods or infertility.

Is it safe to delay periods?

According to doctors, you should not take these pills regularly but one-time use of these pills is perfectly fine. These period delaying pills suppress the natural hormonal cycle of the body, which may increase the chances of being infertile. You should use these pills until their purpose is solved and get back to your normal routine as soon as possible.

How does period delaying pills work?

After taking the pills, a hormone called estrogen is produced at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, which directly impacts the growth of the uterine lining. In the second stage of the cycle, progesterone hormone is produced which aids in the growth of the uterus lining thus, pausing the periods. As the progesterone hormone starts to decrease in the body, the uterus lining starts to shed, leading to normal periods. The delayed days of your periods depend on the amount of progesterone hormone present in the pills.

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How and when should you take pills?

If you are planning to delay periods due to any reason, you can start taking these pills around 3 or 4 days before expected date of the period. However, if you want to take these pills regularly you should consult a gynecologist and take precautionary measures as it may cause problems in menstrual cycle. The doctor may prescribe a dosage of period delaying pills according to the following:

  • Body weight
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Other health problems

Are period delaying pills the same as birth control pills?

Even though birth control pills can usually delay periods, period delaying pills are not contraceptives. Birth control pills stop the ovulation phase and prevent pregnancy. Unlike birth control pills, period delaying pills contain progesterone, which simply prevents the discharge of the uterine lining and ovum during your period, so taking these pills will not provide any form of birth control.

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Do period delaying pills cause side effects?

Period delaying pills do not cause any side effects in a single use but there are some cases where women can suffer from rashes, dizziness, headaches, acne, feeling of fullness, mood swings, and fluid retention. The period delaying pills side effects are the same as caused by excess progesterone release? Period delaying pills like Norethisterone, should not be taken without concerning the doctor as they contains high dosage of hormones which may cause hormone imbalances in the body. Delaying your period is safe for short periods but should always be done under the supervision of the doctor. 

Do periods start automatically after you stop taking the pills?

Your period may start usually 3 or 4 days after you stop taking the pills. However, the time may differ according to your health, weight, and age as the body will have to reset the hormone levels back to normal. If your periods do not start after a week, you should take a pregnancy test or visit the doctor immediately.

Can you buy Period Delaying Pills in India?

There are various pills available in India that contain progesterone and eostradiol however not all are taken as period delaying pills. You should take the advice of your concerned gynecologist before taking any of these pills as it may have possible side effects. 

What are Norethisterone 5mg tablets?

Norethisterone 5mg tablets are one of the most prescribed tables to treat various menstrual disorders including abnormal vaginal bleeding, endometriosis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hormone imbalanced and irregular periods. Norethisterone tablets are also prescribed to delay periods. It is a synthetic version of female sex hormone, progesterone. By taking Norethisterone a few days before period, you will trigger a hormone release making your body think you are pregnant, hence delaying period.

Before taking these pills, you should be fully aware of the changes they might bring to your body, the impact on your menstrual cycle and the possible side effects. These pills should be taken in limited doses as they may cause infertility problems in long run. If you are facing any infertility issues or planning to go for IVF or surrogacy treatment, you can contact +917899912611 for free consultation.

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Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya

Ahmedabad

Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya is an IVF specialist and endoscopic surgeon who is practicing in the field of gynecology and infertility for more than two decades. He holds medical degree namely MBBS and DGO. He provides treatment services like In vitro fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), sperm and egg donation, sperm and egg freezing, tuboplasty, testicular biopsy, myomectomy, surrogacy, IMSI, ICSI and TESA. Dr. Mehul is currently the director of Sumirans Womens Hospital and Radhe Endoscopy Training Centre and Research Institute, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. You can find out further information regarding Dr. Mehul at elawoman.com

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8 Comments

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Aug. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
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I have over bleeding inregularity i scanned my stomach there is anything find in the scanning i used many pills like crimson there is no result please any one give me to solution
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Trishna Rai
July 2, 2018, 12:03 p.m.
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I was looking for the pills to delay my periods for 2-3 days and I came across this. Will consult my doctor before taking any pill.
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Trupti Gossain
June 30, 2018, 6:18 p.m.
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Birth control pills and period delaying pills are completely different. Both are used for different purposes.
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Rashmi Sharma
June 30, 2018, 5:48 p.m.
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I had intense cramps in the stomach after taking period delaying pills.
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Padmaja
May 1, 2018, 7:05 p.m.
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Is there any tablet to get periods early?
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Soni Singh
Aug. 19, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
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Period delaying pills should be taken on doctor's consultations only. Period delay tablets contain Norethisterone. This is a form of the female hormone progesterone which prevents your uterus from getting rid of its lining when menstruation begins. So, you must take them on doctor's advice only.
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Ericka Grigsby
Aug. 19, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
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Primolut N, Rifabutin are some of the pills that delay menstrual cycle. However, try to avoid them if it's not urgently required. Moreover, antiviral medicines to treat HIV and anticancer medicines should not be taken along with the period delaying pills.
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Michelle Bahre
Aug. 19, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
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I want to know the name of any tablet or capsule that can delay periods. I have to attend a marriage and I cannot find any.
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