Superdrug Launches UK's First Period Delay Pill On The High Street
The pill, called norethisterone, allows women to temporarily stop their periods and can be taken for 10, 20 or 30 days.
While it is prescription only and has previously not been available over the counter, now Superdrug pharmacies will offer women aged 18 and over the chance to walk in and obtain the drug after a brief consultation.
The retailer claims the move will give women more choice when it comes to their bodies.
It contains a synthetic version of progestrone - the sex hormone that declines towards the end of the menstrual cycle, causing women to bleed.
It works by keeping the hormone levels high enough that the womb lining doesn't shed.
The period delay pill needs to be taken three days ahead of your expected period, and will prevent your period until three days after the last tablet is taken.
Superdrug will offer women either, 30, 60 or 90 pills depending on how long they wish to delay their cycle for.
The pack of 30 costs £29, while you'll have to pay £45 for 60 and £59 for 90.
However, those who are already on the contraceptive pill will not be able to use norethisterone.
Dr Pixie McKenna, Superdrug's Health Ambassador, said: "The Period Delay Pill offers women more choice when it comes to their periods. Before taking any medication, a patient should always read the patient information leaflet and I'd always recommend talking any concerns or questions through with a healthcare professional.
"It is, however, not a contraceptive so if you are thinking of having sex, always use a condom."
While this is good news for those heading off on a badly timed holiday, doctors have warned that norethisterone is not a pill that should be taken regularly to prevent your period.
For one, side effects could well emulate much of what it feels like to be on your period anyway.
They include short-term acne, tender boobs, nausea, headaches, mood swings, a disturbed sex drive, bloating and weight gain - although users may experience none of these.
Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor, Dr Christina Hennessey added: "Norethisterone is not safe for some women to take, particularly women who have a personal or family history of thrombosis (blood clots), so it is important to check with your doctor before you start taking it.
"Norethisterone is safe for most women to use on an occasional basis. It should not, however, be taken regularly."
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