Drospirenone/Ethinyl estradiol



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Drospirenone/Ethinyl estradiol

Lucette ®

Lucette is a combined pill that you take daily. It gives more than 99% protection against pregnancy. Simple, straightforward and reliable, all you want from the pill.

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Need easy, reliable contraception? Lucette tablets are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s a 21-day pill you take for the first three weeks of your cycle, then have a week off.

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What exactly is the Lucette pill?

Sometimes it feels like you need a degree in biology to understand the enormous range of options when it comes to the contraceptive pill. But in truth, they all do pretty much the same thing, so it’s a lot more straightforward than you might think.

There are two hormones in Lucette (which makes Lucette a combined pill), and these provide close to full protection against pregnancy when you take it correctly.

They do this by (minor sciencey bit incoming): stopping ovulation so no egg is released; changing the wall of your uterus so any fertilised eggs (unlikely anyway) can’t implant; and thickening cervical fluid so sperm can’t pass through and fertilise an egg.

Is Lucette safe?

Yes, Lucette is considered a safe pill. All combined contraception pills like Lucette go through super-rigorous testing before being made available.

Some women get side effects when they start a new pill. It’s pretty common. Most of the time they’re mild and it’s just a case of your body getting used to the hormones, and they disappear after a couple of months. But let your prescriber know if any side effects stick around or get uncomfortable.

How effective is Lucette?

More than 99% effective. That means less than 1% of women will get pregnant over a year when using it correctly. If you make the odd mistake when taking it, it’s a bit less effective: 91%. So it’s best to stick to the instructions as closely as you can (i.e. take your pill at the same time each day and try not to miss any).

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What you need to know about Lucette

Is Lucette a combined pill?

Yes. Lucette is one of a number of combined oral contraceptive pills. It contains two active ingredients which are artificial versions of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Pills that do not contain the variant of oestrogen are known as mini pills, or progesterone only pills.

Lucette is a 4th gen pill, which means that it’s a newer type.

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How to take Lucette

Lucette should be swallowed whole, preferably with water, at the same time every day. It’s recommended that you take it with breakfast or before bed to help to maintain the habit throughout the course of the month. A one month (28-day) course is contained within a strip of pills, all with the days of the week labelled above them, so you can keep track of what you have taken. There are 21 tablets in total in each strip. Once you reach the end of the strip, you should stop for seven days, beginning the next strip of pills on the eighth.

When to start Lucette

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What are the most common side effects on Lucette?

The most common side effects on Lucette are: irregular periods; breast pain; headache; migraine; nausea; and unusual vaginal discharge.

Most of the time these side effects will go away on their own after the first couple of months of use.[1] But let your prescriber know if they continue or start to feel uncomfortable.

When to see a doctor about side effects

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Is Lucette similar to other combined pills?

In some respects, yes. It’s virtually the same pill as Yasmin, Yacella and Yiznell. Other combined pills do the same job as Lucette, but they might have a slightly different hormone formulation. This matters because it can have an effect on menstrual symptoms control.

Contraception is an individual thing. Certain pills may cause issues for some, while others will suit them just fine. If you do have issues tolerating the combined pill, it’s possible that this is due to the presence of the hormone oestrogen, and a progesterone only pill might be more suitable.

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Lucette safety information

Before you take Lucette, make sure you read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication.

More info

Lucette and medical conditions

Read our guide on combined pill contraindications for more info, and let our prescriber know about any medical conditions you have.

You should not use Lucette if any of the following apply to you:

A history of blood clots, clotting disorders, you have had or are about to have an operation where you will be bed bound, a history of heart attacks or strokes, angina, severe hypertension or diabetes, high blood fat levels, migraines with auras, liver disease, liver tumours, cancer of the breast or genitals, unexplained vaginal bleeding or allergies to any of Lucette’s ingredients.

The following might also make use of Lucette unsuitable:

Family history of breast cancer, gallbladder diseases, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, illnesses that were triggered by pregnancy or use of hormones, chloasma, hereditary angioedema, inflammatory bowel diseases, lupus, HUS, sickle cell anaemia, you have recently given birth, inflammation of the veins and varicose veins.

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[1] Cooper, D.B. and Mahdy, H. 2020. Oral Contraceptive Pills. Stat Pearls. U.S.A. NCBI. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430882/ [Accessed March 30th 2021].

[2] 2006. Contraception: Do hormonal contraceptives cause weight gain? Germany. N.C.B.I. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441582/#:~:text=For%20most%20women%2C%20birth%20control,not%20they%20use%20hormonal%20contraception. [Accessed 6th May 2021].