What is Noriday?
Noriday is an oral contraceptive. It contains the active ingredient norethisterone, which is a synthetic progestogen, similar to the natural progestogens produced by the body. Because Noriday only contains one hormone, it is commonly known as the mini pill. Most birth control pills are so-called combination pills containing a combination of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. A mini pill such as Noriday is particularly suitable for women who are breastfeeding or who have oestrogen intolerance. Unlike the combination pill, the mini pill does not affect the production of breast milk.
What is Noriday used for?
Noriday prevents pregnancy in three ways. Firstly, it prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries. Secondly, it changes the quality of the womb lining. This prevents any eggs that may have been fertilised from successfully implanting onto the wall of the womb. Lastly, it increases the thickness of the mucus at the neck of the womb, making it more difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb. If Noriday is taken correctly, the chances of pregnancy are virtually non-existent.
How to use Noriday
Like other mini pills, Noriday must be taken at the same time every day for it to be effective at preventing pregnancy. Because the tablets contain less hormones than combination pills, you have to remember to take them at roughly the same time each day. If you are more than three hours late taking your pill, you will not be protected against pregnancy. Noriday tablets should be taken every day on a continuous basis, i.e. you take the packs back to back without a break, including when you are having a period. Read the package leaflet prior to use for clear instructions on how to take Noriday.
Noriday tablets should be taken:
- once daily at the same time each day.
Noriday comes in strips of 28 tablets. Take one tablet every day, following the arrows around the strip until you finish all 28. Start with a new strip on the following day.
If you have forgotten to take a tablet, consult the package leaflet for instructions on what to do. If you are more than three hours late, have severe diarrhoea or vomit within two hours of taking a tablet, you will not be protected against pregnancy. In this case, you should use an extra barrier method of contraception (e.g. a condom or cervical cap) while you continue to take your pills as normal.
The contraceptive pill can cause side effects. Most side effects will disappear after a while once the body adjusts to the hormones. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Noriday:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Menstrual spotting or irregular bleeding;
- Breast tenderness.
For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Noriday
Noriday is not suitable for everyone. This mini pill should not be used if:
- You are allergic to norethisterone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a history of thrombosis or a condition that affects the blood vessels;
- You suffer from migraines, cancer or have other serious health problems.
Noriday may interact with other medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines or dietary supplements you are taking when you order. For more information, see the package leaflet.
This medicine is not suitable for use in pregnant women. Noriday can be used safely while breastfeeding.
Noriday does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.