What is Norethisterone?
Norethisterone is a synthetic progestogen that is similar to the progesterone hormone we naturally produce. During a menstrual cycle, the level of progesterone hormone falls which causes the lining of your womb to shed and your period to occur.
Does Norethisterone carry any side effects?
Norethisterone is safe for most women to use on an occasional basis, but it is not recommended to use this to delay your period regularly.
There are also some side effects associated with taking the medication. “Women may experience side effects such as low mood, acne, breast tenderness, fluid retention and loss of libido,” says Miss Meg Wilson, a gynaecologist at London Gynaecology.
It’s important to note that how well it works varies between women, however. It’s also not contraception, and while taking it you will still need to protect yourself using another method, such as condoms, to avoid pregnancy.