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Tri-Estarylla Dosage

With Tri-Estarylla, the dosage is the same for all women -- one pill taken every day, at the same time each day. Make sure to take each of the 28 pills in the correct order, as missing pills or taking them incorrectly increases your risk for an unintentional pregnancy. In some cases, you may need to use a backup method of contraception for a week.

An Introduction to Dosing With Tri-Estarylla

Tri-Estarylla™ (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen®. There is only one standard dose of Tri-Estarylla, although there are a few different ways to start the birth control pill. As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. Not taking Tri-Estarylla correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.

Starting the Pill

There are two "officially" recommended ways to start Tri-Estarylla for the first time. When you take Tri-Estarylla for the first time, you can start it either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. Starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this is not always the case.
If you start Tri-Estarylla on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need to use any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for the first week. If the first day of your period happens to be on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
If your healthcare provider recommends, you may also start Tri-Estarylla in the middle of your cycle (although this isn't one of the officially recommended start methods). Follow your healthcare provider's advice about how long backup birth control is necessary.
No matter which day you start, make sure to start taking the pills 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 wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets do not contain any active ingredients. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
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