Norethisterone is a new treatment that has allowed women greater freedom over their lives by giving them the option of delaying their period. Most women will have experienced the annoyance of a period that is due during a special event such as a holiday or a wedding. The help of Norethisterone means it is now possible to delay your period by as much as two weeks.

How Norethisterone works

Norethisterone is also the name of the active ingredient contained in the medication, and it is a synthetic progestogen. This is a hormone that occurs naturally in your body, and plays a vital role in your menstrual cycle. Before your period starts, the levels of progestogen in your body drop, causing your womb lining to shed as a period. The Norethisterone pill keeps your body’s levels of progestogen steady so the womb lining is not released. When you stop taking Norethisterone, the progestogen levels will once again drop and you will have your period.

Side effects of Norethisterone

Though Norethisterone is considered to be a very safe treatment, as a prescription medication it does carry the small possibility of causing adverse side effects. If side effects do occur, you should not be concerned as they are usually very mild and do not last for very long, and are simply a reaction to your body becoming used to new hormones. Such effects could include nausea, bloating, headaches, breast tenderness and a reduced libido. More serious side effects are extremely rare and should be reported to your doctor immediately.