What is Lucette?
This is a combined contraceptive pill that helps prevent pregnancy. Ethinylestradiol and drospirenone are its two active ingredients. These are synthetic versions of oeastroge and progesterone. It has over 99% chance of preventing pregnancy if used as prescribed.
How Does it work
Lucette helps to prevent ovulation, which subsequently prevents the production of eggs. It also leads to the building up of mucus in the cervix, thus blocking sperms from getting to the uterus. It also helps thin your uterus lining and makes it difficult for an egg that has been fertilized to be embedded into the wall of the uterus.
What it Treats
- Prevents pregnancy.
- Reduces premenstrual symptoms
- Improves period pain and flow.
Here is how you should use Lucette:
- Take a pill every day for the next 21 days.
- Swallow it with water.
- Try taking your pills at around the same time each day.
- You can then take a 7-day pill free break once you are done with the 21 pills.
- Expect a withdrawal bleed during this break.
- Start a new pack of Lucette after the 7-day break.
Remember, you are still safe from getting pregnant during the 7-day pill-free break. But only if you took your pills as advised.
Lucette might not be your pill of choice if you:
- Battle with blood clots
- Have a history of heart attack or stroke
- Have ever battle with cancer
- Struggle with migraines
- Have high blood pressure
- Have liver or kidney problems
- Have diabetes or mental health issues
- Suffer from epilepsy or inflammatory bowel disease, HUS or SLE
- Have varicose veins sickle cell anaemia
The most common side effects of lucette are:
- Headache and migraine
- Hair loss
- Low mood
- Change in blood pressure
- Vaginal thrush
- Increased breast size
- Tender or painful breast
- Irregular periods and spotting
- Blood in between your periods
These side effects are likely to be experienced within the first 3 months. Consult your doctor if you experience any unusual adverse reactions from using the drug.