We did some digging into why many women delay their period.
Norethisterone – or the period-delay pill – is a popular part of our women’s health clinic.
Many women value being able to take control of their period – especially if it’s due at an inconvenient time. We have a pretty solid idea of what an ‘inconvenient time’ means for a lot of people.
But we wanted to find out more. So we put on our investigative-thinking caps.
Using a highly sophisticated methodology (we checked out our anonymous patient data and asked our friends on social media) we discovered more about why many women want to delay their period.
Far and away the most common reason for women using norethisterone to delay their period is travel.
Many women revealed—either on social media or through our online medical questionnaire—that they wanted to delay their period because they were going on a pilgrimage. Meanwhile other jetsetters use norethisterone because they are going camping, because they have a hen party abroad or because of a long haul flight.
The second most common reason for taking norethisterone to delay a period was romance (with strong sub-categories of weddings and sex).
One person said she would rather not delay ‘exciting sexy times’ because of her period, while another said: ‘if you are planning to “hit a home run”, you can put your period off to suit’.
Perhaps slightly more romantic was this response:
‘My wedding day and honeymoon are when I am due to be on my period—I really don’t want it to spoil my special, romantic day.’
Similarly, one person who hasn’t used norethisterone before said this:
‘I am in a long-distance relationship and when you get to see your lover a week every three months (if you’re lucky), period control takes on a heightened importance. A pill that gives me more convenience would actually be a revolution in my life.’
Lastly, going to a festival ranked as the third most common reason to delay a period.
Anyone who’s ever been to Worthy Farm can understand this statement from a patient:
‘I’m going to Glastonbury festival and the toilets are very unpleasant and unhygienic. Having my period at the festival would be really inconvenient.’
So there you have it folks—the most common reasons to delay a period. There were a few other interesting answers thrown in—a PHD student studying for exams, a professional photographer on location for a week—but we can safely say that, most commonly, people take norethisterone because of either travel, romance/sex or festivals.
If you have a special occasion coming up (or if you want to delay a period for any other reason!) norethisterone might be the answer. For more information on delaying your period, see our Period Delay Information page, or else click here to order norethisterone.