I am 54 and still having fairly regular periods, although timing can be unpredictable in recent months. Going to Rome in June, and would hate to have a period arrive for my holiday. Have heard about Utovlan for delaying a period, and thought I would try this, via the Boots online clinic. Would it be suitable for me at my age, and how would I know when to start taking it if I don't know exactly when my period is due? Anyone had any experience of taking this?
Yes, Polly, it's the brand name of norethisterone. I can usually manage some degree of unpredictability, but not when going on holiday, so I would love to hear that it would be a good thing for me to try! It was mentioned in the Daily Mail today, in a supplement about menopause and periods in general.
I don't see how it would work if your cycles are irregular; it's used for a few days before a period and once you stop, you bleed. If you are having periods only every few months, this isn't going to work for you. Is there any pattern at all?
From the leaflet I found online Taking Utovlan to delay your periods - You will usually take 1 tablet 3 times (15 mg) a day. You need to start taking the tablets 3 days before your period is due to start. Your period will usually start within 3 days of finishing the tablets. If you do not have a period after you finish a course of Utovlan, check with your doctor in case you are pregnant.
Polly: like you, I wondered about planning around irregular periods, although I do have one most months still. In today's DM article, it says, " Don't worry if you don't know the exact day your period is due- you can take it any time up to it starting, and you can take it for up to 20 days in a row".
Yes, it's general nuisance value. Periods still arriving every 4 to 6 weeks, but can be unpredictable in length and flow: I am currently on day 13 of a light to medium flow period, and would rather it was heavier but shorter. I take your point about not taking full notice of what I read in the DM, but it would be a basis for medical discussion, either with my GP or through the Boots online clinic.