Start taking the Lydia Daily Oral Contraceptive Pill on the first day of your menstrual period.If you start on any other day, you wil have to use a condom, as a back up, for the next seven days. Take the first white tablet from the pack.
Take one tablet daily without interruptions around the same time every day. It is easier to remember to take the tablets after eating meals or drinking tea, before brushing teeth or going to sleep. Follow the arrows indicated on the pack.
Continue taking the white pill for 21 days, after this continue with the 7 brown tablets (Iron Tablets). Normal menstrual period will most likely begin two days after finishing the white tablets and while taking the brown tablets. After all pills are finished, immediately start with a new blister, regardless of whether menstrual bleeding has ceased or not.
If a tablets was missed, it must be taken within 12 hours. The efficacy of the tablet may decrease if not taken within this period. Take the remaining tablets as scheduled to avoid premature withdrawal bleeding.
Continue taking the pill even if there is a brief pause from sexual intercourse. Suspend taking the pill only if there is no sexual intercourse for more than three months. Stop taking the pill only after finishing the present pack; otherwise bleeding will come sooner.
NB: it is extremely important to note that a woman who wants to start using the daily oral contraceptive pill talks to her doctor or nurse before starting it. Especially when it is her very first time
Although some women on the pill reported to having put on weight, it is very questionable that this could be traced back to the pill. However, with some pills you might put on weight when you start taking them, due to water retention, which makes you feel bigger. But there are today modern contraceptive pills which can avoid such water retention to some extent. You may also find your appetite increases in the first three months of pill taking - and of course if you eat more you may gain weight!
Hormones used in the pill are mostly a synthetic form of the natural hormones progestin and estrogen. Some contain only a progestin, e.g. progestin-only pill, others a combination of progestin and estrogen, e.g. the so-called combined pill (like Lydia Daily Oral Contraceptive Pill). The combined pill mimics a pregnancy to your body, although you are not pregnant, what prevents you from ovulation. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to get through. The progestin only pill works by thickening the mucus at the entrance to the womb. In some women it may also prevent ovulation.
Yes, morning or evening, it's up to you, but you do need to get into a regular routine of pill-taking. If you forget to take your pill, with most types you'll still be protected if you can take it up to 12 hours later - but it's wise not to do this too often since you can get pregnant.
Bleeding between periods mainly occurs during the first months of pill intake and usually disappears within the next cycles. There is usually nothing to worry about. Don’t stop taking your pills – if you do, you won’t be protected and could get pregnant. If bleeding occurs regularly, talk to your healthcare provider about it. Heavy period-like bleeding may occur in rare cases.
If you are regularly taking the pills, you are very unlikely to be pregnant. The pill is highly effective. If your period does not come, it does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant as long as you did take it as directed. It could be that the lining of your womb has not built up very much and is therefore not being expelled. If you, however have missed pills or your menstruation does not come for more than two months in a row talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before you start taking the new strip.
The pill is also suitable for young women. If any sexually active woman, no matter of what age, does not use contraception, she may have to face an unintended pregnancy or even an abortion. Young women should talk to their doctor or healthcare provider before having sex for the first time. Don’t worry. What you tell your doctor or healthcare provider is totally confidential. Neither your parents nor anybody else will find out about it.
Large studies have investigated this and there is no evidence to suggest the pill has any negative long term effect on a woman’s ability to have a baby, even if it is taken without a break for a long period of time.
Hormonal contraception does not cause infertility. It may take a bit of time for your body to return to a state where you can become pregnant again but this is only temporary. Fertility returns to its previous level no matter how long you have taken a hormonal contraceptive method for. In a big surveillance study, about 20% of women who stopped taking the combined pill for getting pregnant, already got pregnant within four weeks after they stopped pill intake. More than 40% got pregnant within the first three months after stopping the pill.
The pill offers no protection from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or any other sexually transmitted infection (STI). Always use a condom unless you are in a faithful relationship with someone you really trust and you are both sure you are not carrying an STI.