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With a birth control pill like Lessina, dosing is standard for everyone. You can start Lessina either on the first day of your period or the first Sunday after your period starts. The pills must be taken in order, one tablet daily. After finishing one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Take your Lessina dose at the same time each day.

Lessina Dosing: An Introduction

Lessina® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Levlite®. There is only one standard dose of Lessina. As always, do not adjust your Lessina dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Even though Lessina is very effective when taken as directed, not taking Lessina correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.

Starting Lessina for the First Time

When you take Lessina 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. It is thought that 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 Lessina 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).
Check with your healthcare provider for more specific instructions if you are starting Lessina after a birth, miscarriage, or abortion, or are switching from a different birth control pill, patch, ring, or injection.

Lessina Dosing for Birth Control

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. Sometimes, you may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. When this happens, keep taking Lessina as usual.
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