How to Take Ovranette


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Ovranette is packaged into strips containing 21 pills for each cycle. The pill must be taken correctly in order to be effective because the mechanisms that Ovranette uses rely on a constant stream of hormones entering the menstrual cycle. When used correctly, the pill is over 99% effective.

Start with the pill that corresponds to the correct day of the week that you are on. This calendar system, where the days are written above each pill, allows you to record when you have taken a pill and see if you have forgotten one. Take one pill each day at the same time every day, following the direction of the arrows. The pill must be taken at the same time every day in order to be effective so pick a suitable time, one that you will always remember.

When you have used one strip, you then need to take a seven-day break in which you do not take any pills. Your body will then experience a withdrawal bleed, which is very similar to a period. Once you have had seven days without a pill, you need to start a new strip on the eighth pill free day. You must not start this pill late, as you will not be protected from pregnancy if you do so. Take the pill even if you are still experiencing a withdrawal bleed.

When starting the contraceptive pill, you should start on the first day of your period. This will provide immediate protection from pregnancy. You can start on any day of your period but you will not be protected from pregnancy and you will need to use additional contraception for seven days.

Forgetting a pill

If you take a pill late or miss a pill, you will not be protected from pregnancy. The later the pill is, the higher the risk of pregnancy. You also run a higher risk of falling pregnant if you have missed more than one pill. There are a number of instructions you should follow.

If you realise that you have missed a pill and less than 12 hours have passed since you were meant to take it, take the pill immediately. Then continue with the rest of the pack as normal. You should be protected in this case. However, if you are over 12 hours or you have missed more than one pill, you will not be protected. Take the last missed pill and disregard any previous ones. Continue with the rest of the pack but you need to use additional contraception for the next seven days. You also need to check how many pills are left in the strip.

If there are more than seven left, then follow the instructions above and have a pill free break.  If there are less than seven pills left, when you have finished the strip, move straight on to the next strip without having a pill free break. This will skip your withdrawal bleed and you will have one at the end of the next pack. If you don’t have one after the second strip, contact your doctor.

If you have had unprotected sex during the time in which you missed a pill, you may be pregnant. Consult with your doctor who may advise that you use emergency contraception.


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