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What's the difference between Lucette and Yasmin?

Both medicines contain the same active ingredients in the same quantities. They just have different names because they are made by different manufacturers. In contrast to Yasmin, Lucette contains in addition soja lecithin.

Please be aware that you must not take Lucette when you have a known soya or peanut allergy. Both Lucette and Yasmin contain lactose and if you have a lactose intolerance or allergy you should always discuss with a doctor first before taking either of these pills.

How to take Lucette

Lucette is a monophasic pill, so each pill contains exactly the same amount of hormone. You should take it exactly as your doctor has told you to. If you’re not sure about anything, ask your healthcare provider for advice.

Each pack of Lucette contains three strips of 21 tablets. The tablets come in a printed calendar strip to help you remember to take them every day.

Take a pill every day for 21 days in a row, then have a break of seven days. Start the next pack after a seven-day tablet-free period. You should experience some withdrawal bleeding during the break.

Newer pill taking regimes which are outside the manufacturers license but are commonly used include:

  • taking a shorter, 4-day pill-free break between packs
  • 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 stopping the pill for 4 days
  • taking a pill every day without any breaks even when bleeding occurs

It’s thought that these regimes may reduce late or forgotten pills, and so also reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy. They may also lessen any unwanted symptoms experienced in the hormone-free break. But, they can cause irregular bleeding. You should talk to your doctor about which regime would suit you best.

Try to take your pill around the same time every day. Some people find it easier to remember to take the pill first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Swallow each pill whole, with water. It doesn’t matter if you take them with food or not.

The most common side effects are"

  • breast tenderness
  • low mood or depression
  • headache
  • migraine (if this occurs whilst taking Lucette stop the pill, use condoms and see your GP)
  • nausea
  • vaginal discharge
  • vaginal thrush infection
  • bleeding or spotting between periods and changes to your periods

Always read the patient leaflet that comes with your pill for more information on less common side effects. See your nurse or doctor if any side effects last longer than 3 months, or if any side effects are problematic.

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: 20 Mar 2019

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