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It is important that you take your Cyclessa dosage correctly -- not doing so could result in unintentional pregnancy. Each pack comes with 28 pills. The pills are taken once daily at the same time each day. If you forget to take a Cyclessa dose and are unsure of what to do, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

Cyclessa Dosage: An Introduction

There is only one standard dose of Cyclessa® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Not taking Cyclessa correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Cyclessa is equivalent to Caziant™, Cesia™, and Velivetbirth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)

Cyclessa Dosing Basics

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, since you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets contain no active ingredients. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.

Starting Cyclessa

When you take Cyclessa for the first time, you can start it either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still having your period. Starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this is not always the case.
If you start Cyclessa 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 be on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
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