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Microgestin Fe Dosing

When starting birth control with Microgestin Fe, dosing guidelines are the same for everyone -- one tablet once a day, at the same time every day. However, the drug comes in two different strengths: one that contains slightly more hormones. If you miss any Microgestin Fe doses, it may be necessary to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms.

Microgestin Fe Dosing: An Introduction

It is important to take Microgestin® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) exactly as directed. As always, do not adjust your Microgestin Fe dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although the drug is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
 
Microgestin Fe comes in two different strengths: Microgestin Fe 1/20 (a lower dose of hormones) and Microgestin Fe 1.5/30 (a slightly higher dose of hormones). Your healthcare provider will choose the best Microgestin Fe dosage for you based on several factors, especially your response to other birth control pills in the past.
 

Microgestin Fe Dosing for Birth Control

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not let any days pass between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack ready), even if you are still having your period.
 
The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets do not contain any hormones, although they do contain a little iron, which may help prevent anemia from blood loss during your period. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Sometimes, you may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. If this happens, keep taking Microgestin Fe as usual.
 
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