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What is the Lucette pill?

Lucette is a contraceptive pill that you take daily. It contains two active ingredients (Drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol) which are artificial versions of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. 

These provide close to full protection against pregnancy when you take them correctly. They do this by: stopping ovulation so no egg is released; changing the wall of your uterus so any fertilised eggs (unlikely anyway) can’t implant; and thickening cervical fluid so sperm can’t pass through and fertilise an egg.

Lucette is a 4th gen pill, which means that it’s a newer type. 

Is Lucette safe?

Lucette is considered a safe pill. All combined contraception pills like Lucette go through rigorous testing before they become available. 

Some women get side effects when they start a new pill. It’s pretty common. Most of the time they’re mild and it’s just a case of your body getting used to the hormones. They usually disappear after a couple of months. But let your prescriber know if any side effects stick around or get uncomfortable.

How effective is Lucette?

Lucette is more than 99% effective. That means less than 1% of women will get pregnant over a year when using it correctly. 

If you make a mistake when taking it, it becomes a bit less effective: 91%. So it’s best to stick to the instructions as closely as you can (i.e. take your pill at the same time each day and try not to miss any).

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How to take Lucette

Swallow it whole, preferably with water, at the same time every day. It’s recommended that you take it with breakfast or before bed to maintain the habit throughout the course of the month.

A 28-day course is contained within a strip of pills, all with the days of the week labelled above them, so you can keep track of what you have taken. There are 21 tablets in total in each strip. Once you reach the end of the strip, you should take a break for seven days.

When can I start taking Lucette?

If you haven’t been taking or using a hormonal contraceptive the previous month, start taking Lucette on the first day of your cycle, which is the first day of bleeding on your period. You will then be immediately and fully protected against pregnancy. If you take them between days two and five, you’ll need to use a barrier contraceptive for seven days.

Changing from a different combined contraceptive pill (or patch and ring) to Lucette means you will need to take Lucette the day after you took the last pill of the other course and then complete the Lucette strip of 21 pills. You can then take the seven day break as instructed and carry on as explained above.

Changing from progesterone only pills to Lucette means you will need to use a barrier contraceptive for seven days after switching.

What to do if I miss a Lucette pill

With the combined pill, if you’re late taking it one day you have a bit of leeway. If you remember to take your pill within 12 hours of your scheduled time, your protection won’t be reduced.

If you’re later than 12 hours taking it, or miss more than one, take the most recent pill you forgot as soon as you remember and carry on taking the pill as normal. You’ll need to use barrier protection for seven days. You might be advised to skip the 7-day break at the end of your pack, depending on when your missed pill was.

For further information, you should read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.

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What is Lucette prescribed for?

Birth control mainly. It’s a highly effective and reliable method of protecting against unwanted pregnancies. It can, however, also be used to control issues with menstruation, such as heavy, irregular or painful periods and acne.

What ingredients are there in Lucette pills?

Besides the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, other Lucette ingredients include lactose monohydrate, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide (E171), talc (E553b), macrogol 3350 and soya.

What are the most common side effects on Lucette?

The most common side effects on Lucette are irregular periods, breast pain, headache, migraine, nausea and unusual vaginal discharge.

Most of the time these side effects will go away on their own after the first couple of months of use. But let your prescriber know if they continue or start to feel uncomfortable.

Does Lucette help with acne?

It can sometimes, but it depends on the individual and the cause of the acne itself. In some cases, birth control pills like Lucette can make the condition worse, likely due to hormone levels in the body. So the relationship between Lucette and acne is not straightforward, and some experimentation may be required to see if this is the right treatment for you.

How does Lucette work?

In three ways. In order to become pregnant, an egg needs to be in the womb for sperm to fertilise. Changing levels of certain hormones is what triggers the release of an egg, so by maintaining these hormonal levels, Lucette ensures that an egg will not be released.

It also thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb, making it almost impossible for the sperm to enter. It makes the womb itself less hospitable for an egg and this way prevents conception.

Is Lucette similar to other combined pills?

In some respects, yes. It’s virtually the same pill as Yasmin, Yacella and Yiznell. Other combined pills do the same job as Lucette, but they might have a slightly different hormone formulation. This matters because it can have an effect on the way menstrual symptoms are controlled.

Contraception is an individual thing. Certain pills may cause issues for some, while others will suit them just fine. If you do have issues tolerating the combined pill, it’s possible that this is due to the presence of the hormone oestrogen, and a progesterone only pill might be more suitable.

Lucette and weight gain

Some women report that they put on weight when using the contraceptive pill. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that, in most cases, the cause is not the pill.

If you think you are gaining weight and it has something to do with the pill, let your prescriber know. They’ll be able to help you switch to a different alternative.

Lucette vs Yasmin: what’s the difference?

Not very much. They contain the same hormones in the same amounts. So is Lucette the same as Yasmin? Apart from the branding and the manufacturer, yes. The price might be a little different too. But they should do the same job in the body and are as effective as each other.

Lucette vs Rigevidon: which is better?

It depends on the user really. They work in a very similar way, but they might work differently in how they control menstrual symptoms.

Rigevidon has a lower risk of progestogenic side effects (headaches, breast fullness, water retention), but women who want better control of oestrogenic side effects (lower sex drive, mood changes, vaginal dryness) might go for Lucette.

Both these treatments contain the same oestrogen dosage (30mcg of ethinylestradiol), but have different versions of progesterone. Lucette contains 3mg of drospirenone, while Rigevidon has 150mg of levonorgestrel.

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