Strengths of Ocella

Ocella™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. It is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means it contains both an estrogen and a progestin. Ocella comes in one strength: 3 mg of drospirenone and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol per active tablet.
Each pack of Ocella contains 28 tablets. The first 21 tablets (which are yellow) contain the active ingredients. The last seven (the white tablets) contain no active ingredients. By taking these last seven tablets, your body gets a break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one. It's important to know exactly what to do if you miss any pills, as this increases your risk of pregnancy. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for seven days.
(To learn more about when and how to take this medication, click Ocella Dosage. This article offers more in-depth information on taking it effectively, including a discussion on what to do if you miss any pills.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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