I have irregular periods and I am on Norethisterone. Should I continue the drug?

Q. I have irregular periods and I am on Norethisterone. Should I continue the drug?

Answered by
Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 18, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 20, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had irregular periods for months. I am experiencing abnormal periods where I am bleeding every other week. Sometimes the bleeding lasts a few days whereas sometimes it lasts at least eight days. More recently, I have had my worst period. I have had it 10 days then off for three days and then back on again for another one. I am currently on a period and it does not look like it will go soon. They are not particularly heavy periods for me and are both a mixture of different shades of red. I currently take the Norethisterone, the only tablet for contraceptive. Please help.



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The contraceptive efficacy of the Norethisterone is quite less and if you are taking it irregularly then also it may cause a breakthrough bleeding. So the important thing is to get a pregnancy test as this is the most common cause to rule out. If this is ruled out then irregular intake of hormones is the second cause. I suggest you get a gynecological ultrasound and a serum beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) done. AUB (abnormal uterine bleeding), pregnancy, and hormonal imbalance are the differential diagnoses. The treatment plan is to stop taking the pills at present. Let us know the reports of the investigation. Preventive measures include the use of a combination of oral pills. Follow up with the reports.

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