Is There a Pill I Can Take to Delay My Period?

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According to Boots WebMD, norethisterone is a prescription medication that can be taken to delay menstruation. Norethisterone is typically prescribed to females with irregular menstrual cycles, as it contains synthetic hormones that mimic female sex hormones and decrease the production of progestogen hormones.

National Health Service UK explains that norethisterone should not be taken by individuals who suffer from migraines, diabetes, kidney disorders, epilepsy, heart problems or asthma, as the medication can cause fluid retention and worsen the symptoms of these conditions. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should avoid norethisterone, as it can affect fetal development and cause spontaneous miscarriage.