Period Delay

Period Delay

for that special day or holiday 

There may be times that you wish to delay your period for example a holiday, a religious pilgrimage or that special wedding day.If you’re taking the combined contraceptive pill, you can delay your period by taking 2 packets back-to-back. How this is achieved depends on the medicine you have been prescribed. Our pharmacist can advise you on how to do this but it is important to speak to your GP first.You cannot delay your period by taking 2 packets back-to-back with the progestogen-only contraceptive pill. If you’re not sure which pill you are taking then our pharmacist can advise you.

Please note that you will be directed to the Medescribe website in association with the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) who provides the online screening process on our behalf. All data is securely kept and is completely confidential. Click on Women’s health followed by Postponement of Menstruation and follow the instructions on the screen. The whole process is quick and easy but if you need any assistance please call us on 01733 562045.


If you’re not taking the combined contraceptive pill you may be able to take a medicine called norethisterone. Norethisterone is not a contraceptive and you can still get pregnant. Therefore you will need to use a different type of contraceptive like a condom.

The tablet is usually taken three times a day 3 to 4 days before your period is due. Once stopped you can expect a period within 2 to 3 days.

Norethisterone is a prescription-only medicine but at City Pharmacy you may be able to purchase norethisterone. The pharmacist will need to ask you some questions to ensure the medication is safe for you to take. For your convenience, you can go through the questionnaire process online.