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Lucette contraceptive pill

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Lucette is a combined contraceptive pill, which when taken correctly is 99% effective in protecting against pregnancy. Lucette is typically taken for 21 days and then you have a 7-day break from taking the pill before starting the next pack. In this time most women will have a withdrawal bleed, this is your body reacting to the break in hormones being provided by the contraceptive pill.

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Information on Lucette

Being a combined contraceptive pill, Lucette contains 2 active ingredients (ethinylestradiol and drospirenone) which work together to prevent pregnancy. Lucette works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg, thin the lining of the womb and thicken the mucus in the cervix.

These 3 actions make it less likely for:

  • a sperm to encounter an egg
  • a fertilised egg to implant in the womb
  • sperm to get into the womb in the first place.

To make sure you get the best birth control effect out of Lucette you will need to take the pill at the same time each day. If you take Lucette at the same time each day (or as close as) and continue to take it as the patient information leaflet advises, you are protected against pregnancy 99% of the time.

Taking Lucette

There are a variety of different ways you can take Lucette, depending on whether you would like to avoid a period or not. Most women will take 1 Lucette pill each day for 21 days and then have 7 days off before starting the next pack. During these 7 days off you’re likely to have a withdrawal bleed. This is not a period but will likely feel like one.

Some women would rather avoid having the withdrawal bleed too often and therefore take Lucette over a 9-week period of time. You then have a 4 or 7-day break from Lucette after which you have to start your next pack, even if you’re still bleeding.

You can also choose to take Lucette everyday with no break, i.e. taking the packs back-to-back. This should avoid having a period, but you may get some spotting or light bleeding every now and again.

If the bleeding becomes too much you can take the pill using a method known as ‘flexible extended’ pill taking. This means you take it for at least 21 days everyday, and if the bleeding is too much you can have a 3 or 4 day break.

Do I need a prescription for Lucette?

To obtain the Lucette contraceptive pill, you will need a prescription as it is a prescription-only treatment.

Our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor clinicians can prescribe you Lucette from our contraception clinic, if clinically suitable. You will then need to go into a LloydsPharmacy to pick up the prescription and have you height, weight and blood pressure checked. These are taken to ensure you can safely take Lucette, these measurements are taken for all combined contraceptives.

Other contraception options

There are lots of options out there for birth control. Lucette is a type of combined contraceptive pill, and there other varieties of the combined contraceptive pill available. The Evra patch (contraceptive patch) and NuvaRing (contraceptive ring) are also combined contraceptives, which are good for people who are concerned about forgetting to take their pill. However, some women cannot be prescribed combined contraceptives, particularly if they are over 35 and a smoker, get migraines with aura or have a history of blood clots.

Other options include the progestogen-only pill (sometimes known as the mini pill), the contraceptive injection, implant, hormonal (IUS) or non-hormonal (IUD) coils.

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Lucette frequently asked questions

  • Does Lucette help with acne?

    Some combined contraceptive pills such as Co-cyprindiol (often known as Dianette or Clairette), Lucette and Yasmin are prescribed to help treat acne. These contraceptive pills are often prescribed to women whose acne hasn’t responded to antibiotics. The contraceptive pill works to block the hormones that cause a buildup of excess oil (sebum) in the hair follicles. This build up is what causes acne.

  • Are Lucette and Yasmin the same pill?

    Lucette and Yasmin contain the same active ingredients and work in the same way to prevent pregnancy. Lucette is the generic version of Yasmin and is sometimes more cost-effective.

  • If I forget to take Lucette what should I do?

    Depending on how long it’s been since you last took your pill, there is different guidance on what to do next.

    If you miss one pill (and it’s been less than 48 hours since your last pill) your contraceptive protection won’t be lost, simply take the next one as soon as you remember. You can then continue taking the pack as normal, which might mean you have to take 2 pills in 1 day. However, if it’s been more than 48 hours since your last pill you should make sure to read the patient information leaflet contained in the pack. This will give you information on the best course of action.

  • What are the potential Lucette side effects?

    Like with all medications there is always a chance that you might experience side effects with Lucette.

    Common side effects of Lucette include:

    • Bleeding between periods
    • Sore breasts
    • Headaches
    • Migraines
    • Depressive mood
    • Nausea
    • Vaginal yeast infection (thrush)

    Uncommon side effects can include change to blood pressure and fluid retention.