Period Delay Treatments
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It may be a deadline that you need to catch up, a certain event you wish to attend, or a busy week you when you need to be fully focused. These and many more are reasons why you might need to delay your period.
- The period can make you distracted, feel down, and become unable to handle the matter in hand
- Sometimes you might find yourself in a need to push your period
- Fortunately, medications like (Utovlan | Norethisterone) can help you delay your period for 10 up to 20 days
The female period is controlled by cyclic hormonal changes that occur every month. The two hormones controlling this monthly process are "progesterone" and "oestrogen". These levels of these two hormones increase and decrease all over the month, eventually causing that non-harmful bleeding.
However, for most women, your period will not always be regular, it bleeding does not necessarily occur in the same intensity every month. Sometimes your period will last longer than usual, become painful, or the bleeding becomes excessive.
Medical uses of Norethisterone
The medical uses of Norethisterone are not limited to only delaying the period, but also extend to treating some annoying and stressful period disorders like heavy bleeding during the period (menorrhagia), painful period (dysmenorrhea), and premenstrual syndrome.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Heavy menstrual bleeding is previously (known as menorrhagia) is a period with excessively heavy flow.
- Heavy periods can cause fatigue, pallor, and anaemia. Approximately 5 in 100 women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by structural abnormalities in the female reproductive tract, failure of ova production, bleeding disorders as vitamin K deficiency, hormonal disturbances (such as hypothyroidism) or cancer of the reproductive tract.
Initial treatment often involves Norethisterone (progestin-containing drug). Other treatments might be needed if the case is severe.
- Painful periods, (medically known as dysmenorrhea) refers to experiencing menstrual cramps or pain during menstruation.
- The usual onset of pain is around the time the menstruation begins and is usually felt in the pelvis or lower abdomen.
- Other symptoms may include nausea, diarrhoea and back pain. All symptoms typically last less than three days.
- Around 1 in 10 women experience severe pain during periods, 1 in 3 experience moderate pain, and 1 in 2 experience mild pain.
Utovlan | Norethisterone has proven to be effective in treating such cases.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to emotional and physical symptoms that are experienced a couple of weeks prior to a woman's period.
- Common symptoms include tender breasts, acne, bloating, irritability, feeling tired, and mood changes. Symptoms often vary from one female to another, but usually, last for around six days. The pattern of symptoms can change over time.
- PMS symptoms do not occur during pregnancy or following menopause.
- Unlike painful menstruation syndrome in which symptoms start with the beginning of bleeding, PMS usually revolves around the start of bleeding.
- Up to 80% of women report having some symptoms prior to menstruation, around 20 to 30% of these women are diagnosed as PMS.
Can Utovlan stop you getting pregnant?
In one word; no! Norethisterone (the active ingredient of Utovlan), is not a contraceptive.
If you want contraception, then there are other methods of birth control you can try, and Utovlan is not one of them.
Who should not take Utovlan?
If you are any of the following, then you are advised not to use Utovlan:
- Have had severe itching or irritation
- Have had blood clots in the past
- Allergic to the hormone or the drug
- Have suffered unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Have liver or heart diseases
- Have suffered jaundice during past pregnancies
What medications should we avoid while administration of norethistrone?
- Herbal preparations containing St John's Wort
- A statin for high cholesterol
- Medicines for high blood pressure
- Tetracycline, rifampicin, co-trimoxazole
- Anticancer medicines
- Antiviral medicines to treat
- Cyclosporine (for suppressing the immune system)
- Sex hormones
Taking any of these drugs is not considered as an absolute contraindications to using Utovlan. You will just need to consult the pharmacist or your doctor about taking Norethistrone, if you already use any of the above mentioned drugs or about to start on any.
Can Vitamin B6 supplements delay period?
Neither B6 nor other supplements are effective for delaying menstrual bleeding or for contraception.
Can I delay my period using exercise?
There is evidence that sever, intense exercising can disrupt the menstrual cycle. However, it is not known how intense or for how long.
Although exercise can delay your period theoretically, it is not a reliable method.
|Utovlan||Norethisterone||Combine Oral Contraceptive|
|Active Ingredient||Norethisterone 5mg||Norethisterone 5mg||Various|
|Period Delay Dose||Start three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17days||Start three days before your period is due to start, and take it three times a day for upto 17days||If already on the pill, do not take your pill free break|
|Mechanism||Prevents your womb lining from shedding||Prevents your womb lining from shedding||Prevents your womb lining from shedding|