Pharmacy services

Period delay service

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With our period delay service, you can delay your period to avoid it coinciding with a special event or occasion.

It works by taking a period delay tablet 3 days before your expected period, to delay your period for up to 17 days. This is a safe and effective tablet which is available for collection in pharmacy only.

How does the period delay service work?

If you're interested in our period delay service, please speak to your local Well pharmacy team. They'll arrange an appointment with a pharmacist. At the appointment, you'll complete a short consultation to ensure the period delay tablet is suitable for you.

Once you've completed the consultation, the pharmacy will dispense the medication.

Who is the period delay service suitable for?

Our period delay service is suitable for adult women aged between 16 and 50 years who are not already taking the contraceptive pill.

The short consultation with the pharmacist will ensure that the medication is suitable and safe for patients to use.

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How does the period delay tablet work?

Period delay tablets work by mimicking natural progesterone levels to keep them raised. This stops the womb lining from shedding and delays your period.

If you want to delay your period, you should start taking the medication 3 days before your period is due. You need to take the tablet 3 times a day for up to 17 days. Your period will start 2 or 3 days after you stop taking the tablet.

Important information

Period delay medication is not a contraceptive and should not be used to prevent pregnancy.

This medication can interact with a number of other medicines, so it's important you tell your pharmacist about your health and medications during your consultation.

This medicine should not be used if you have a history of blood clots.

Side effects may include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Headaches
  • Mood disturbances.

Please speak to our pharmacist about how to manage side effects.

Want to find out more?

If you have a big event or occasion coming up and you're considering our period delay service, speak to your local Well Pharmacist.