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Period Delay Treatments That We Prescribe
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We issue prescriptions for generic name medicines to ensure maximum availability of treatments. Please check your dispensed prescription before leaving the Pharmacy as no changes can be made after that point.
How It Works
Important Medical Information
How do period delay tablets work?
During your menstrual cycle, your progesterone levels rise and fall. When they fall, your period starts. By keeping the levels high with medication, you can delay your period by up to 17 days.
Please be aware, this is not guaranteed and some women do spot or bleed when using this medication.
Who is this service suitable for?
This service is suitable for you if:
- You are aged 17 years or older.
- You are Female (birth sex).
- You want to delay your period by up to 17 days.
- The period you want to delay is not due to start for at least 4 days.
If you are not sure if you are suitable or you have any questions send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is this service not suitable for?
This service is not suitable for you if you:
Are less than 17 years of age.
Male (birth sex).
Are using combined hormonal contraception.
Are pregnant, possibly pregnant or trying to conceive.
Have ever had a blood clot.
Have a history of or a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Have cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack, angina, stents).
Have significant liver disease.
What period delay medication do you prescribe?
How do I take Provera?
Take one tablet, three times daily. You will need to start this medication 3 days before your period is due to start and can continue for up to 14 days, depending on how long you want to delay your period (17 days treatment in total).
When you stop taking the period delay medication, your progesterone levels will fall and your period will start within 3 days.
If you start the medication less than 3 days before your period is due to start, it is unlikely to work.
This medication is not 100% effective; it might not delay your period or you may have spotting
If your period does not start within 3 days after you stop this medication and you have had sex, you should exclude pregnancy and speak with a doctor.
What are the side effects of Provera?
The most common side effects of Provera are bleeding/ spotting, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and nausea. The longer you are taking this medication, the more likely you are to experience side effects, especially bleeding or spotting.
For full details on potential side effects of this medication, please ensure that you read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication before you start to use it.
If you are concerned that you are developing side effects, we advise that you seek medical advice.
Does Provera provide contraceptive cover?
If you are using a progesterone-only pill, you can continue to take this with Provera for contraceptive cover.
Can I use Provera with a combined contraceptive pill?
If you are using a combined contraceptive pill (which contains oestrogen and progesterone hormones) you can skip your pill-free break and start your next pill packet (‘back-to-back’ your packets) to delay your period. Provera should not be required.
If you have questions about this or would like to discuss this further, please make an appointment for a GP video consultation with one of our GPs.
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