Period Delay

Period Delay: Free advice – ask me today!

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By Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH | GMC no. 3657058

I am a GP and a sexual health and hormone specialist. I can give advice on any medical matter, and I offer safe access to medical advice, prescription medication, blood tests and x-rays, and specialist referrals to your local private hospital as needed.

Period Delay


Women often wish to delay or postpone their period for a number of reasons including holidays and special occasions

This can be achieved by taking hormonal oral tablets which are available online

What medication is available?

If you wish to delay your period for any reason, there are medications that can assist with this.

Options will depend on the timeframe until your next period is due:

  • The most commonly prescribed medication is Provera 10mgs (Medroxyprogesterone acetate)
  • Tablets need to be started 3-4 days before the period is due in order to stop it coming
  • Tablets are taken 3 times a day, as soon as the tablets are stopped the period usually starts
  • Can have some side-effects including nausea, indigestion, vomiting, headaches and breast tenderness
  • Whilst Provera is a hormone it does not act as a contraception
  • This is only recommended for short term use

Alternatively, if you have 3-4 weeks before you wish to ensure you are not bleeding, the Combined Oral Contraceptive pill (COC) could be started. This may not be suitable for you if you have some existing medical issues – see contraception section

  • If COC is started 4 weeks or more in advance there will be time to take a packet of pills, have a bleed before going on holiday for example and by restarting another packet this gives a further 3 weeks without bleeding
  • Or can be started 2-3 weeks before the event and take 2 packets ‘back to back’ without a break which is effective at postponing bleed until the end of the 2nd packet
  • Neither method is guaranteed to stop all bleeding but is usually very effective
  • Taking COC also gives effective contraceptive cover

Safe, real prescriptions for Period Delay.

Whether you know which HRT suits you best or whether you need advice on what you should take,

ask me here about safe prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy.

Controlling periods in the longer term

There are 2 methods of contraception that can help lessen/stop periods

  • The Mirena IUS ‘coil’ works as a very effective contraception and also has a licence to help women who have heavy periods and can be used for gynaecological reasons only
  • Contraceptive injection. This injection is administered every 12 weeks, is an effective method of contraception and 70% of women who use this method stop having periods. Whilst it doesn’t have a licence for use for period control it is recognised as a positive non-contraceptive benefit of the method

For further information on these methods – see contraception section

Bleeding problems

Please remember that unusual, irregular bleeding and bleeding after sex needs investigating.

It is important not to cover up abnormal bleeding by taking medications to control/delay periods without problems being investigated first.

Contact me now for advice, prescriptions, blood tests and referrals.

Please note that this service does not aim to replace advice given to you by your own doctor, it is meant to supplement your health knowledge and awareness.

It is never to be used in the case of a medical emergency.


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