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Ogestrel Dosage

If you do not take your Ogestrel dosage correctly, it can significantly increase your risk of pregnancy. You must take one tablet every day, at the same time each day. What you should do if you miss your Ogestrel dose will depend on several factors, such as how many pills you have missed and where you are in your cycle.

Ogestrel Dosage: An Introduction

It is important that you follow the dosing instructions for Ogestrel® (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) very carefully in order to prevent pregnancy. Although birth control pills are extremely effective when taken as directed, their effectiveness significantly decreases if you take them incorrectly. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Starting Ogestrel

When you take Ogestrel for the first time, you can start it two different ways:
  • Day 1 start -- Start Ogestrel on the first day of your period (within 24 hours of the start of menstrual bleeding). You will be protected from pregnancy from the start, and no backup method of birth control is needed. If your period happens to start on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start rather than a Sunday start.
  • Sunday start -- Start Ogestrel on the first Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still having your period. Starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although not all women find this to be the case. You will need to use a backup method of birth control for the first seven days of the first pack.
Some healthcare providers may suggest other ways to start Ogestrel, such as starting in the middle of the cycle. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions in such situations.
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