The best moment to start taking these pills is the first day of the menstrual cycle (the first day of the period). Loestrin’s contraceptive effect will then appear immediately. However, if you want to start taking these birth control pills at any other time, remember that the protection against pregnancy will only appear after approximately 7 days of the treatment, and in the meantime it is recommended to use additional forms of protection such as condoms.
Taking Loestrin contraceptive pills does not differ substantially from the use of other pills with a similar effect. The pills should be taken for 21 days, after which it is necessary to have a seven-day break. During that time, there may appear symptoms similar to menstrual bleeding, but you should not be worried, as this is a normal reaction whose purpose is to cleanse the body of excess hormones.
Due to the fact that the pills are sold in calendar-orientated packaging with the days of the week marked, you should not have any problem with taking the pills in the correct order.
If you forget or omit one pill, you should take it as soon as possible. Omitting a single pill does not result in a decrease in the level of contraception. If you missed two pills, you should be aware that the level of protection has been reduced, and for the next seven days both your partner and/or yourself should be using additional contraceptive precautions such as condoms.