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    How to take Noriday

    Take 1 pill every day, at the same time. Take the packs back-to-back without a break, including during your period.

    It is very important to take the pill at the same time daily. If you are more than 3hrs late, you will not have contraceptive protection.

    How does Noriday work?

    Noriday is a form of progestogen-only mini pill. Its active ingredient is norethisterone, which changes the environment in your womb. This makes it harder for the sperm to reach an egg during ovulation and alters the lining of the womb so that a fertilised egg cannot develop. Noriday is an effective means of contraception.

    How long Noriday takes to work depends on when you begin taking the pill. You’ll be protected from pregnancy straight away if you take Noriday on days 1-5 of your period.   

    If you start taking Noriday after day 5 of your period, it’ll take 2 days to work, so you’ll need to use condoms for 2 days.  

    How effective is Noriday?

    Used correctly, Noriday can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea you may not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens, continue to take the pill as usual but use a condom whilst you're ill. If this continues for more than 24 hours you should follow the same steps as a missed pill.

    If you are more than 3hrs late taking it, you will not have contraceptive protection.

    What are the side effects of Noriday?

    Most women will not experience any side effects on Noriday. However, side effects are possible and can include headaches, feeling sick or dizzy, mood swings, breast discomfort or irregular periods.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

    What should I do if I miss the pill?

    Take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember. Then take the next pill at the normal time. This may mean taking 2 pills in one day.

    If you do not take it within 3 hours of the usual time, you will not be protected against pregnancy. Continue to take your pills as normal, but use a condom for the next 2 days. If you've had unprotected sex during this time, you may need emergency contraception.

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      Does Noriday cause depression?

      Some women have reported feelings of depression when taking Noriday. Depression can be serious and sometimes leads to suicidal thoughts. If you experience mood changes and depressive thoughts when taking Noriday you can contact us through your Patient Record. 

      Is Noriday safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

      If you’re breastfeeding, Noriday is safe to take. There is no evidence to suggest that Noriday will have any negative effect on production of breastmilk or the development of a baby. 

      Will Noriday affect my weight?

      You might be worried about Noriday and weight gain. There is no evidence that the progestogen-only pill, or mini-pill as it is known, can affect your weight. You may find your weight changes throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other reasons not related to the pill. 

      Can Noriday stop periods?

      While taking Noriday your periods may stop, become irregular, more frequent or lighter. 

      How do I switch to Noriday from a different pill?

      If you would like to switch your contraceptive pill, contact us via your Patient Record or get an appointment with your GP to discuss the change. If you are changing to a new pill you would be advised to have no break between the packs and you may have to use other contraceptive methods during the changeover.

      Is Noriday the same as Micronor?

      Micronor contained the same hormones as Noriday, however it has now been discontinued. Noriday is offered to those women who were taking Micronor previously. 

      Can I buy Noriday online?

      You can request and pay for a Noriday prescription online. As this pill is a prescription-only medication, even if you are using an online doctor, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy Noriday online. You should never be able to buy the contraceptive pill online without a prescription from a regulated doctor service with professionally qualified and registered clinicians.

      Re-ordering Noriday"

      If you’ve already bought your pill from us, you can request a further 3, 6 or 12-month supply from your Patient Record, if you're medically suitable. If you want to change your pill, please send us a message in your Patient Record.

      Taking Noriday with other medicines

      You should be able to take Noriday alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Noriday safely.

      Alternative contraceptive treatments

      We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

      Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

      There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

      Our contraception service

      1. Complete our simple, confidential online consultation

        5 mins

      2. Choose from recommended options

        In your Patient Record

      3. One of our NHS-experienced clinicians confirms your suitability

        You’ll be informed by email if your contraception has been approved and prescribed

      4. 3, 6 or 12 months of protection

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      Delivery & collection information

      • Standard delivery


        Delivered within 2-3 working days.

      • Next-day delivery


        Orders approved before 5pm Monday-Friday will arrive within 1-2 working days. Orders approved between 5pm Friday and 12pm Sunday will usually arrive on Monday or Tuesday.

      • Standard ParcelShop collection


        Collect from 7000+ convenient ParcelShops in 2-3 working days.

      • Next day ParcelShop collection


        Collect next day from 7000+ convenient ParcelShop locations, if approved before 5pm Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday orders, collect Monday if approved before 12pm Sunday or Tuesday if ordered after 12pm. 

      • London same-day collection


        Order before 5pm Monday-Friday to collect in pharmacy the same day. Subject to the availability of your treatment in your selected London pharmacy.

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