Which pills can I use to delay my period?

Taking the contraceptive pill can stop or delay your periods, but you cannot depend on it to do this as it affects everyone differently- some people may find they get spotting or irregular bleeding for the first few months of taking their pill.

If you are taking the combined pill:

When you get to the end of your pill pack, you can skip your 7 day break and go straight onto the next pill pack which will mean you do not have the withdrawal bleed that you'd expect to get during your break.

If you are on the progestogen only pill (mini pill):

1 out of 3 people using this pill will find their periods stop altogether, or they may get irregular bleeding or spotting. You will not know how your body responds to it though until you start taking it so they cannot depend on this pill to delay your period.

Norethisterone is a pill that can be taken to delay your period. It is not used for contraceptive purposes. This can be prescribed by your GP or purchased from an online pharmacy. Some sexual health clinics may also stock it.

Written by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director
Last updated at: 24 August 2023