Period Delay

Giving you the freedom to make life work around you

Safe, Effective Treatment

Going on holiday, preparing for a special occasion like your wedding or honeymoon, or getting ready to sit your exams? Having no control over your periods can be frustrating, worrying, and inconvenient.

The period delay clinic at Smart Chemist gives you access to Utovlan, also known as Norethisterone, a prescription-only medication which can be used to delay your period by up to 17 days. Long enough for you to enjoy your special day, or that romantic trip away with your partner, giving you greater control over your periods.

Period delay treatments available at Smart Chemist give you the freedom to make life work around you.

Buy generic norethisterone tablets and branded Utovlan tablets for period delay online at Smart Chemist. For more information contact one of our expert team today!


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Utovlan is the brand name of norethisterone 5mg tablets, a prescription only medication commonly used as a form of period delay. The active ingredient of Utovlan is the sythentic hormone norethisterone.


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Norethisterone is the active hormone used in period delay medication. It is a prescription only medication and the active ingredient of the branded variant Utovlan. Norethisterone is a synthetic form of progesterone.

How does Period Delay treatment (Norethisterone) work?

Norethisterone is a prescription only medication available through Smart Chemist to delay your period for up to 17 days. Norethisterone should be started 3 days prior to your period being due, and can be continued for a maximum of 20 days, after which you will normally begin your period 2-3 days after having stopped taking Norethisterone.

Norethisterone is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. It works by mimicking the effects of naturally occuring progesterone in your body, causing the shedding of the lining of your womb to be delayed, and therefore delaying your period.

It is important to note that Norethisterone 5mg is not a contraceptive and will not prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Is it safe to use Period Delay treatments?

For the majority of women in the UK, occasional use of Norethisterone for period delay is safe. However, regular use is not advised. It should also be noted that Norethisterone 5mg, used for period delay, is not a contraceptive and should not be used as a method to prevent pregnancy.

Please note that Norethisterone is not safe for everyone to use, particularly women who have a history or family history of thrombosis (blood clots). IAlways check with a doctor prior to beginning use of Norethisterone. In order to utilise the Period Delay clinic through Smart Chemist, you will be required to complete an online questionnaire which will then be assessed by one of our Doctors, to ensure clinical appropriateness and suitability of treatment.