The drug will be available from pharmacies under the brand name Cyklo-F. It will be licensed for women aged 18 to 45 years who have had a history of heavy menstrual bleeding over several consecutive menstrual cycles.
The MHRA said that women could self-diagnose heavy menstrual bleeding and that pharmacists would help them decide whether Cyklo-F was suitable for them.
The agency's director of vigilance and risk management of medicines, Dr June Raine, said that quick access to treatment would allow women to 'take charge' of the condition.
‘Making Cyklo-F available through pharmacies without a prescription is an important step for women, helping improve their quality of life and provide them with the greater convenience of better access to medicines,' she said.