We can all agree; your period makes being a woman super complicated sometimes. From the bleeding to the cramping to the mood swings – when good old Aunt Flo rears her head, sometimes it is at inopportune moments.
Have you ever wanted to push back that period, may reschedule it to a time that better suits you? Enter Noresthisterone, a new pill that delays your period, allowing you to stop that cycle if you are going on vacation or have a big event coming up. Now, as with any new medication, there are a few things you’ll want to know to make sure you are choosing a solution that is right for you – and using it safely.
Do you need a prescription? YES. Just like with regular birth control, you will need a doctor’s prescription to obtain Norethisterone. It may seem like an extra step, but it’s really for health and safety.
When do I take it? These tablets are used to delay a period before it happens, so they need a chance to get in there and get to work before that crimson crest. You should take the pills three days before you expect your period to begin. They will then delay your period until three days past the time you have taken your last pill. Doctors tend to agree that it should be taken for no longer than twenty days.
Can you drink alcohol while on Norethisterone? Cheers! There have been no documented risks associated with this medication, so you are free to enjoy your vacation cocktails or wine tastings without fear.
Are there side effects? As with any medication, there are always some possible side effects. Norethisterone include potential breakthrough bleeding, breast discomfort, acne, stomach ache, itching, skin rashes, swelling due to fluid retention, nausea, and changes in appetite. Always make sure to be prepared for some side effects, and take steps to ease your discomfort. In case of surprise breakthrough bleeding, it may be wise to take a discreet solution with you, just in case. Rather than pack up a ton of tampons, however, opt for a pair of leak-proof period panties – they won’t weigh you down, and you can still wear them even if you’re not bleeding!
Overall, is it safe to take it? The bottom line is: yes if your doctor has prescribed it for you then you should consider it safe. It is important to note; however, you should only take the dosage that has been prescribed and follow all instructions and time limits. It is also not a contraceptive and should not be treated as or used in place of birth control. It is for delaying periods shortly, only, in this form, and should not be taken regularly, either.
There is no one size fits all solution for all women wanting to avoid a period at an inconvenient time. Always consult your physician before starting any new medication and go forth knowledgeably towards what works best for you!