What medicine can I use to stop menstrual blood during umrah? What if I experience breakthrough bleeding?

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Question: What medicine can I use to stop menstrual blood during umrah? What if I experience breakthrough bleeding?


Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu

It is vital to be free of menstruation during some of the days that one stays in Makkah in order to perform the umrah and exit the state of iḥrām before returning to one’s home country. For this reason, many ladies choose to completely delay their menstruation or manipulate its timing with medication until they return from their trip.

The most popular medications that women take to stop their menstrual bleeding for umrah are:

  • Birth control pills
  • Primolut Nor tablets

Both types have their pluses/minuses, and each woman’s body will respond differently to each medication.

Birth Control

There are various birth control companies that exist in today’s times. We do not have any specific recommendation. It is important to note that for some women, it takes up to three months for their bodies to become adjusted to the pill. Please consult your medical practitioner for what is best for your situation.

Primolut Nor

As for Primolut Nor, it is by far the most popular option. Primolut Nor is a synthetic progesterone pill. Over the years, we’ve helped women take this tablet and tracked their experiences. For most women, Primulot Nur works well. It can be used to delay the oncoming of one’s period, to lighten one’s flow after menstruation begins, or to shorten the amount of days for one’s usual habit of menstruating.

Although the package instructions state that one can only take the tablet for up to ten days, we have known women who have taken this tablet for up to 20 to 30 days without any problems. Of course, everyone’s circumstance is different so please consult your medical practitioner of how to use this tablet inshaAllah.

To read more about Primolut Nor, click here.

Remember to take as much medication as you need with you (maybe even extra). Sometimes these pills/tablets run out at the pharmacies in Makkah; so do not rely on buying them there inshaAllah.

Breakthrough Bleeding

Some women experience breakthrough bleeding despite taking medication to stop their flow.

Breakthrough bleeding can either take the ruling of menstruation (haydor abnormal vaginal bleeding (istihada). It depends on when it is seen during your cycle, regardless of whether you are taking medication or not.

If you experience breakthrough bleeding, then please contact a local scholar. If you are unable to find someone who can help you, then you can contact us and we will try to help you inshaAllah.

Please be aware that we usually cannot help women who:

  • Do not know their menstrual and tuhr habits
  • Do not know or cannot reasonably estimate their dates of bleeding for the two months prior to their onset of bleeding
  • Do not contact us via email (we do not use WhatsApp for menstruation problems)
  • Need an urgent answer within 72 hours
  • Want to use modern-day fatwas that go against the principles of the four madhahib

Check out our FREE Umrah course for more details about the rulings related to umrah, as well as practical advice.

Read our Step-By-Step Umrah Guide.

Jazak Allah khayran

Naielah Ackbarali

This answer was collected from, which was founded by Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali. She studied Islamic studies (Hanafi Fiqh) in Syria for about 6 years with various scholars, including Sheikh Hassan al-Hindy, Sheikh Adnan Darwish, Sheikh AbdurRahman Arjan, and Sheikh Abdullah Rahal. She also studied Hanafi Fiqh in Jordan with Sheikh Faraz Rabbani, and aqeedah with Sheikh Hamza Karamali.

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