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Lizzie De La Cruz - June 1, 2021

Is It Possible to Delay Your Period?

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Periods and all the inconveniences that come along with them are a normal part of most of our lives and they can often come at less-than-ideal times. Fortunately, with a bit of planning, there is now a way to manipulate your period to delay its arrival and hold off all the aggravations that come with it. This delay can be super convenient if you suffer from painful periods or bad PMS and have a big event, vacation, or competition coming up.

How Can This Be Done?

Delaying your period is called menstrual manipulation or menstrual suppression. There are a variety of different products that claim to do this, both natural and medicinal. While the effectiveness of natural remedies remains to be proven, there are hormonal options that have been shown to be highly effective. Norethisterone, is one such option that can be prescribed by your doctor. Mimicking the effects of the body’s naturally produced progesterone, it is a type of synthetic progesterone. During a normal menstrual cycle, the body’s drop in levels of both progesterone and oestrogen, signals the start of your period. This drop is delayed when norethisterone is taken, resulting in the delay of your period. Norethisterone comes in the form of tablets which must initially be taken three days before the start of your period. Three tablets a day are taken for the duration of time you wish to delay your period. The tablets can be taken for a maximum of 20 days, which will delay your period for at least 17 days. Your period will resume 2-4 days after the norethisterone is stopped.

Important Things To Keep In Mind:

  • This is a temporary solution — norethisterone is not recommended for long-term use.

  • The tablets must be taken at the same time, every day. They cannot be doubled up on, if forgotten.

  • The effectiveness of norethisterone relies on your period being regular, allowing you to predict when it should start.

  • This is NOT a form of contraception; some form of birth control must still be used.

  • You must be in general good health.

  • You must not be pregnant.

Is Norethisterone Safe?

For most people who are looking to occasionally delay their period, norethisterone is a safe option. It is not intended to be a long-term solution for painful periods. As with any medication, there is the possibility of some side effects. Most of the side effects are relatively minor such as mood swings, breast tenderness, headaches, and loss of libido. In exceedingly rare cases, there can be more serious side effects. To determine if this a viable choice for you, consult with your doctor prior to use. Many of us have been annoyed by the start of a period at an inconvenient time. If you've ever wished you could postpone your period until after that trip, party, or date, norethisterone is here to help! With wisp, delaying your period is now easier than ever to do — order from the comfort of home and get norethisterone shipped directly to your door. Period.

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