An Introduction to Your Dosage of Azurette
There is only one standard dose of Azurette
™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust this unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Azurette Dosing for Birth Control
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 4 weeks (28 days). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one. Do not let any days pass between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack on hand).
The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The next two tablets do not contain any active ingredients, and the last five tablets just contain ethinyl estradiol (no desogestrel). During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
When you take Azurette for the first time, you can start on either the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. If you start Azurette on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for the first week.
If the first day of your period happens to fall on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup method of contraception needed).