What are the side effects of taking Norethisterone for the long term?Gynaecology Medication & Prescriptions Sexual Health
I am 26 this year and have been taking Norethisterone for 1 year to delay menstruation due to frequent travelling. Would there be any side effects of taking Norethisterone for the long term? For example, will it cause me to have water retention/ increase weight? Thank you.
Norethisterone isn’t really a drug that is meant for Long term use. More common uses for norethisterone is for example in dysfunctional uterine bleeding, delaying of periods and for endometrial protection when on estrogens. However common side effects include bloating and mood swings.
There are better alternatives if it is required for medium to Long term use eg the levonorgestrel releasing iucd (Mirena) or the oral contraceptive pill. Please discuss this with your gynae.