Junel doses come in two different strengths, each with a differing amount of hormones. Your healthcare provider will select the Junel dosing that is right for you based on several factors, such as how you have responded to birth control pills in the past. When taking the medication, it's important to take it every day and at the same time each day.
Junel Dosing: An IntroductionThere are two different doses of Junel™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Junel is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly greatly increases the risk of pregnancy.
(Junel is a generic version of Loestrin®.)
Basic Dosing Instructions for JunelStarting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 21 days (three weeks). After you finish one pack, wait seven days before starting the next one. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Sometimes, you may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. If this happens, keep taking Junel as usual.
Junel comes in two different strengths: Junel 1/20 (a lower dose of hormones) and Junel 1.5/30 (a slightly higher dose of hormones). Your healthcare provider will choose the best Junel dosage for you based on several factors, especially your response to other birth control pills in the past.
Starting Junel for the First TimeThere are two different recommended ways to start Junel for the first time:
- Sunday start -- Start Junel on the first Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still having your period. For many women, starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although not all women find this to be the case. You will need to use a backup method of birth control for the first seven days of the first pack.
- Day 1 start -- Start Junel on the first day of your period (within 24 hours of the start of bleeding). You will be protected from pregnancy from the start, and no backup birth control is needed. If your period happens to start on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start, not a Sunday start.
If you choose a Sunday start, you will start every pack of Junel on Sundays. If you choose a day 1 start, you will start each pack on your initial start day (for instance, if you first started Junel on a Tuesday, you will start every pack on a Tuesday).
Some healthcare providers may suggest other ways to start Junel, such as starting in the middle of the cycle. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions in such situations.