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Medication for delaying the periods - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,I am going away for a summer vacation and am due for my period on 1 April, is there anyway of skipping them? I am not on the pill, however I have packets of Yaz at home....
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   23
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   There are medical pills available to postpone periods.
User :   ok...
Doctor :   Drugs that is used widely for this purpose are progesterone pills which come in the name of Primolut N.
User :   are they safe to take and effective?
Doctor :   These pills are prescription medications and they need to be taken a few days before the actual days of the periods.
Doctor :   They are used for a few days and then stopped.
User :   ok, so i would need to obtain a script from my doctor?
Doctor :   Periods commence once the pills are stopped.
User :   or can you provide one?
User :   so then would i commence taking this pill for example on the Monday and continue to do so until I come back?
Doctor :   Yes, you will need to avail prescription from a gynecologist or a GP near your location.
User :   is this pill effective, will i definately not get them?
Doctor :   The are the most widely used pills to postpone pills.
User :   ok and they are available in Sydney?
Doctor :   They do come with some minimal side effects which usually recover when the pills are stopped.
User :   what are the side effects?
Doctor :   Your doctor may prescribe you the same or an alternative form of this medication.
Doctor :   The side effects of this pills are nausea, vomiting, mild headache, soreness / breast enlargement.
Doctor :   Since these are hormone pills, they are reported to have caused period irregularities for a few months following stopping the pill.
User :   ok.. are these side effects common, or only found with some users?
User :   ok so.. my doctor will be able to tell me when to start taking these.. how many days before my period is due? and then i continue to take them?
Doctor :   The side effects have been in found in about 40 -50 percent women.
Doctor :   These symptoms however fade away
Doctor :   in a month or 2 following stopping the pill.
User :   ok and how much are these tablets? and how long are they taken for? also have you found that this work?
Doctor :   So if you are looking to post pone your pills, this is the best option available.
User :   sorry u mean post pone my period?
Doctor :   I am sorry,
Doctor :   yes, i meant postponing periods.
Doctor :   The pills have to be used a few days before you actually get your periods.
User :   ok..
Doctor :   They aren't useful
User :   they arent useful?
Doctor :   if you start the pills on the days of period.
User :   oh right.. so ill start on the monday or tuesday?? as they are due on the friday
Doctor :   * They aren't useful if your start the pill on the days of period.
User :   i see... and then they will work, have you found in most women? do many people take this?
Doctor :   When used a few days earlier (atleast 3-4 days before the expected days) the pills have been effective in postponing periods in 95% individuals.
User :   ok thats great, thanks
Doctor :   They are the common prescribed pill to women who have looked to postpone periods.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   ok and doctors do not have an issue prescribing the drug?
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   These pills are quite safe and
User :   ok great, thanks for your help
Doctor :   you should not have any problem in obtaining the prescription.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no that is all.. thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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