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Can Norethisterone be used to delay menstruation?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015
Question: I wanted to delay my period so I started taking Norethisterone. I started taking it on 20th Nov and plan to taking it till 5th Dec, so my period comes after 5th Dec. My December period is expected on 22nd Dec, so I plan to take it from 19th Dec till 5th XXXXXXX Do I start the pill on 19th Dec or 3 days before my period is expected after my period comes in early December?
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Answered by Dr. Harish Naik (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
3 days before the expected period

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to HCM.
I have gone through your query.
First you have to calculate the expected date of your next period, which you have done. If you sexually active and taking any oral contraceptive agent, then you should continue the drug without any gap.

If you are not taking any pill, you should take norethisterone group of drug starting 3 days before the date of expected period (22 December). Continue it for the days you want to delay your period. Then stop the medicine and wait for 7 days. Withdrawal bleeding will occur within this time period.
Kindly, procure complete prescription from your local doctor.
Hope this helps. I'll be glad to address your further questions. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query.

Wish your good health and take care.
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Follow up: Dr. Harish Naik (15 minutes later)
The date of the expected period 22nd Dec is the date without using norethisterone. But if my period now comes after i stop on 5th Dec wont the expected period date change?
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Answered by Dr. Harish Naik (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly find the answer below.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Good to hear from you.
Usually one can expect the period to commence after a week of stopping the drug.
The drug should usually be started 3 days before the expected period, so that you won't get your period till you take the drug.

What are dates when you don't want your period?
As you are on the drug, so when you stop, you can accept period within a week, kindly plan accordingly.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
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Brief Answer: 3 days before the expected period Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to HCM. I have gone through your query. First you have to calculate the expected date of your next period, which you have done. If you sexually active and taking any oral contraceptive agent, then you should continue the drug without any gap. If you are not taking any pill, you should take norethisterone group of drug starting 3 days before the date of expected period (22 December). Continue it for the days you want to delay your period. Then stop the medicine and wait for 7 days. Withdrawal bleeding will occur within this time period. Kindly, procure complete prescription from your local doctor. Hope this helps. I'll be glad to address your further questions. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query. Wish your good health and take care.