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How do I take Loestrin?

You should only take one Loestrin tablet per day. You should swallow it with water as required. Do not chew or crush the tablet.

Try to take your pill at around the same time every day, eg before bed. If you forget to take a pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking 2 pills in one day. If you take a pill more than 24 hours late you may need to use condoms for 7 days and may need emergency contraception if you have had unprotected sex. Always read the instructions in the pill packet or discuss with your doctor or nurse for further advice if you miss any pills.

Take one pill per day for 21 days, until the strip is finished. After 21 days, traditionally women would have a 7-day break before re-starting the next packet. You will likely have a withdrawal bleed and are still protected against pregnancy during this break period.

Newer pill-taking regimes which are outside the manufacturer’s license but are commonly used include:

  • a shorter break between packs (4 days)
  • taking 3 packs (9 weeks) back to back before having a 4 or 7 day break
  • taking a pill every day until you have 4 days of bleeding in a row, then having a 4 day break
  • or taking a pill every day with no break between packs even if bleeding occurs

Shortening the hormone-free interval is thought to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy and may decrease side effects experienced in the hormone-free period. But, irregular bleeding is more common.

Common side effects

Common side effects of the contraceptive pill:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings, depression, or anxiety
  • Sore breasts
  • Low libido (lack of desire for sex)
  • Change to bleeding pattern (mainly in the first 3 months of use)

Although weight gain is commonly listed by manufacturers as a side effect of combined hormonal contraception, there's no clear evidence that it's associated with taking the pill.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Clair Grainger

Dr Clair Grainger studied at The University of Edinburgh from 2004 to 2009. She's worked in hospitals throughout Edinburgh and London before completing her GP training in North Middlesex Hospital in 2017.

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Last reviewed: 18 Mar 2019

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