Once a day. Every day.
Lo Loestrin® Fe helps prevent pregnancy when you take one pill at the same time every day in the order as directed on your pill pack. Once you and your healthcare provider decide whether Lo Loestrin Fe is right for you, choose what time of day to begin taking your pill. Get into a routine and stick to it. You shouldn’t miss a day.
Lo Lo 101.How do you take Lo Loestrin Fe?
When should you start Lo Loestrin Fe?
What happens if you miss a pill?
How do you take Lo Loestrin Fe?
First, decide what time of day to take your pill. Are you more of a morning person or will taking your pill at night be more convenient? It’s up to you. Once you have a plan, take Lo Loestrin Fe as directed on your pill
pack—simply follow the arrows.1
Each pill pack has 24 “active blue pills (with hormones) plus 2 "active" white pills (with hormones) that you’ll take weeks 1 through 3, and part of week 4. Then you’ll take the 2 "remainder" brown pills (without hormones) for the last part of week 4.1
Like other birth control pills, you should take a Lo Loestrin Fe pill every day, for 28 days, until the pack is empty. Then you start a new pill pack. The brown pills keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day and help remind you that it’s time to start a new pack.1 Remember to refill your prescription before the pack is empty.
Okay, you’re ready! When should you start your first pack?
If you are starting Lo Loestrin Fe and have not used a hormonal birth control method before1:
- Peel off the day label strip that starts with the first day of your period. (This is the day you start bleeding or spotting, even if it is almost midnight when the bleeding begins)
- Place the day label strip on the tablet dispenser over the area that has the days of the week (starting with Sunday) printed on the plastic
- Take the first blue pill of the first pack during the first 24 hours of your period
- You will not need to use a backup method of birth control because you are starting the pill at the beginning of your period. However, if you start Lo Loestrin Fe later than the first day of your period, or if you start after having a baby and you have not yet resumed your periods, you should use another method of birth control (such as a condom and spermicide) as a backup method until you have taken 7 blue pills
If you are starting Lo Loestrin Fe and are switching from a different hormonal method, such as another pill, vaginal ring, patch, implant, injection, or intrauterine device1:
- When you switch from another birth control pill, finish all of the pills in the previous pack, then start Lo Loestrin Fe on the first day you would have started a new pack of your previous birth control pill
- When you switch from a vaginal ring or skin patch, finish the 21 days of use, wait 7 days after removal of the ring or patch, then start Lo Loestrin Fe when the next ring or patch would have been due
- When you switch from a progestin-only pill, take the first blue Lo Loestrin Fe pill on the day you would have taken your next progestin-only pill
- When you switch from an implant, start Lo Loestrin Fe on the day of implant removal
- If you switch from an injection, start Lo Loestrin Fe on the day on which the next injection would be due
- If you switch from an intrauterine device, discuss with your healthcare provider when to start Lo Loestrin Fe
What happens if you miss a pill?
Missing a birth control pill isn't recommended, but it may happen by mistake. First, remember that birth control pills may not be as effective if you miss any blue or white pills—especially if you miss the first few or the last few blue pills in a pack.1
If you miss 1 blue pill1:
- Take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means you may take 2 pills in 1 day
- You do not need to use a backup birth control method if you have sex
If you miss 2 blue pills in a row in Week 1 or Week 2 of your pill pack1:
- Take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2 pills the next day
- Then continue taking 1 pill a day until you finish the pack
You could become pregnant if you have sex during the first 7 days after you restart your pills. You MUST use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as condoms and spermicide) as a backup for those 7 days.1
If you miss 2 pills (blue or white) in a row in Week 3 or Week 4 of your pack, OR if you miss 3 or more pills (blue or white) in a row at any time1:
- Throw out the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day
- You may not have your period this month but this is expected. However, if you miss your period 2 months in a row, call your healthcare provider because you might be pregnant
- You could become pregnant if you have sex on the days when you missed pills or during the first 7 days after restarting your pills. You MUST use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as a condom and spermicide) as a backup the next time you have sex and for the first 7 days after you restart your pills
If you forget either of the 2 brown "reminder" pills in Week 41:
- Throw away the pills you missed
- Keep taking 1 pill each day until the pack is empty
- You do not need to use a backup method of birth control
If you are still not sure what to do about the pills you have missed:
- Use a back-up method of birth control anytime you have sex
- Keep taking one pill each day until you can reach your healthcare provider
Do not skip any Lo Loestrin Fe pills, even if you do not have sex often.1