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Urgent contraception advice!!

I was recently prescribed on Ovranette, and I took my first pill on the first day of my period. When I was prescribed however, I was told to take a four day break instead of a 7 day break? Which is slightly confusing considering the leaflet in the pack and information online say a 7 day break... My pack ends this Friday and I just want clarification on what to do, so I know what to do when I take my last pill Friday night.

Many thanks,


1 Reply

Hi There,

A 7 day break is the maximum, and any more days than this, the pill would not be working. Whomever prescribed your pill may have a suggested a shorter break if you get pre-menstrual symptoms on the 7 day break which is why they may have suggested a shorter break? Another way of taking the pill is called tri-cycling (taking 3 packs back-to-back) then having a 7 day break. There are benefits on a day-to-day basis too. Taking the Pill continuously is particularly helpful for women with heavy and/or painful periods. For young women sitting important exams, female athletes and for those travelling or in busy professions, the freedom from menstrual pain and the nuisance of bleeding every month makes it a very convenient option. There is also an added cost-saving factor.

So a 4 day beak would not be a problem, but if you are worried check with the person who prescribed this for you.

Best Wishes



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