Pharmacy services

Period delay service

Delay or postpone your period to stop it from clashing with a special event or occasion

If you have a special occassion coming up like a holiday, you might want to postpone your period.

We offer a safe and effective service.

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

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.

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.

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.

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