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Velivet Dosing

Because taking Velivet incorrectly could result in unintentional pregnancy, it is important to take your Velivet dosage exactly as directed. Each pack comes with 28 pills. The standard Velivet dosing is one pill taken daily at the same time each day. If you forget to take a pill and are unsure of what to do, talk to your healthcare provider.

An Introduction to Velivet Dosing

There is only one standard dose of Velivet™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Not taking Velivet correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Velivet is a generic version of the birth control pill Cyclessa®.)

Velivet Dosing Basics

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 wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, since you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets contain no active ingredients. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.

Starting Velivet

When you take Velivet 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, 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 this is not always the case.
If you start Velivet on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need 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).
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