Provera Period Delay Pill: How Does It Work and Where Can I Get It?

If you experience periods, you probably know how frustrating it can be if your period arrives at a rather inconvenient time! It’s completely normal to want to delay your period, especially if you’re coming up to a big occasion or heading off on holiday. Luckily, you can easily do this by ordering a period delay pill prescription. Here, we’re going to take a look at how period delay pills work, how you can use them, and where to get a prescription.

How Do Period Delay Tablets Work?

To understand how period delay pills work, you will first need to understand what triggers a period to start. Then, we can take a look at how we can delay this trigger. As you may know, hormones, such as oestrogen and progesterone, fluctuate over a menstrual cycle. These fluctuations trigger different responses, one of which is the start of your period.

The hormone oestrogen is produced by the ovaries and causes the lining of the womb to thicken during the first two weeks of your cycle. After ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovaries), progesterone helps maintain this womb lining in case the egg is fertilised. Typically, this womb lining is maintained for two weeks, in preparation for pregnancy. However, if the egg is not fertilised, progesterone levels drop steeply. This causes the womb to shed its lining and your period to begin.

This is where period delay pills come in! Period delay pills contain a synthetic form of progesterone. Therefore, taking them before your period is due can artificially maintain higher levels of progesterone for longer, delaying your period. However, you should note that they will not delay your period indefinitely. There is a limit to how long the thickened womb lining can be maintained. Usually, you will only be able to delay a period for about two weeks after it is due with these tablets.

Although these tablets are quite effective if taken as advised, it is important to be aware that they are not 100% reliable and do not delay periods in every case.

How to Delay Your Period Using Provera Tablets?

Here at, we can provide a prescription for period delay pills known as Provera. Provera tablets contain a synthetic hormone called Medroxyprogesterone Acetate. To use them effectively, you will need to start taking Provera tablets 3 days before your period is due. This helps to prevent your progesterone levels from dipping and your period starting.

You will need to take one Provera tablet 3 times per day for as long as you want your period to be delayed. As mentioned earlier, there is a limit to how long you can delay it. If using Provera, you can take a maximum of 17 days of tablets (51 tablets in total). Don’t worry, your period won’t start the second you stop taking them. Typically your period will arrive 2 to 3 days after you stop taking the tablets. However, every body is different so we suggest being prepared nonetheless! Similarly, the effectiveness of these period delay tablets can vary from person to person. For instance, some people may experience some light bleeding or spotting when using this medication.

Please Note Before Taking Provera

If you start taking this medication less than 3 days before your period is due to start, it is unlikely to work. We understand that keeping track of your period can be tricky sometimes. Therefore, we recommend using a period tracking app. Many of these apps will have push notifications that will give you a little reminder when your period is due. They’re also a handy way to track your mood, PMS symptoms, and energy levels throughout your cycle!

As mentioned, your period should start within 3 days after you stop taking this medication. If your period does not start after 3 days and you have had sex, you should exclude pregnancy and speak with a doctor.

Period Delay Tablets Are Not A Form Of Contraception

Before you start taking Provera, it is very important to note that they will not provide any contraceptive cover. These tablets can only be used to delay your period, they cannot prevent pregnancy. If you don’t have contraceptive cover (coil or implant), you will need to use barrier contraception, such as condoms or a diaphragm. If you are using a progesterone-only pill, you can continue to use this with Provera for contraceptive cover.

Can I Use Period Delay Pills If I Am Using A Combined Contraceptive Pill?

If you are using a combined contraceptive pill (pills which contain both oestrogen and progesterone), you don’t need to use period delay tablets to delay your period. You can simply skip your pill-free break and start your next pill packet, taking both packets back-to-back. This will delay your period until your next pill-free break. However, you should note that you may experience some spotting.

If you have any questions about tailored pill-taking, as we mentioned above, we are more than happy to help. Simply make an appointment to speak directly to one of our experienced GPs via online video consultation!


Where Can I Get a Prescription for Period Delay Tablets Like Provera?

Here at, we can issue a prescription for Provera 10 mg tablets subject to clinical suitability. You can request a prescription via our online Period Delay Pill prescription service. All you need to do is fill in a short and secure questionnaire. You can do this on your mobile, laptop or tablet. Then, one of our GPs will review your request to make sure the treatment is clinically safe and suitable for you. Once your request has been approved, we will send your prescription directly to an Irish pharmacy of your choice.

As you don’t need to book an appointment with a GP, this prescription service is available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, so you can fill in the questionnaire at a time that suits you. We’ll notify you once your prescription has been approved and sent to your pharmacy. The best part? This Provera prescription service only costs €25!

Are There Any Side Effects Associated With Provera?

Like all medications, Provera can cause some side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Provera include bleeding/spotting, bloating, breast tenderness and nausea. You are more likely to experience these symptoms the longer you take this medication.

If side effects do occur, they usually settle uneventfully when you stop taking the medication. When you use this medication to delay a period, you only use it for a short time so there are no significant long-term side effects.

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