Lucette is a combined hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Lucette comes in a single strength tablet containing 0.03 milligrams ethinylestradiol and 3 milligrams drospirenone.
Lucette has multiple effects which act to prevent pregnancy. It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg and also causes the mucus surrounding the cervix (entrance to the womb) to thicken, making it more difficult for sperm to get into the womb and reach an egg.
When used absolutely perfectly, Lucette is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, but with typical use, it is estimated that around 9% of women will have an unplanned pregnancy in the first year of using a combined hormonal contraceptive pill.
If you begin to take Lucette on the first day of your period, it will be effective immediately. That means you will not have to use a condom or other extra forms of contraception. You can take it up to day 5 of your cycle, unless your menstrual cycle is very short, in which case you should use a condom for the first 7 days.
You may get a prescription for Lucette if you need to ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or regulate painful periods. Lucette is also useful to treat acne and endometriosis symptoms.
Lucette can be used to delay your period. In that case, just skip the week during which you normally would not take any contraceptive pills. For more a specific option to manage period delay if you are not taking hormonal contraceptives, you could try Norethisterone (Utovlan), which has been developed specifically for that purpose and is available to order from Dr Felix.
Combination contraceptive pills such as Lucette can be used to treat endometriosis. Endometriosis causes the tissue lining the womb to grow outside of it. This often causes intense pain. Hormonal contraceptives such as Lucette are useful to manage the condition by preventing excess tissue growth. It will usually take up to four months for symptoms to ease.
Sometimes it can take a while to find the perfect contraceptive pill that’s right for you. Often, women try a few different options before finding their match. Changing pills is relatively simple. Once you finish the month’s strip of your previous pill, you can start to take Lucette straight away. Skip the 7-day break. If you are swapping from a progestogen-only pill, you may begin to take Lucette at any time, but make sure you use extra protection such as condoms for 7 days.
The active ingredients in Lucette are ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.
Other ingredients contained in Lucette are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, macrogol and lecithin.
Lucette should be taken on the first day of your period or up to day 5 of your menstrual cycle. You can start Lucette at another time in your cycle if you are sure you cannot be pregnant, but always use an extra contraceptive method, such as condoms, for the first 7 days. Lucette comes in a pack of 21 pills – one for each day over a 3-week period. Once you finish all 21 pills, take a 7-day break. During this time, you may have a bleed, similar to a period, although not all women bleed when swapping to a new pill.
If you have missed a pill and it has been less than 12 hours since you should have taken it, your contraception will not be affected. Take the missed pill as soon as you remember. The remainder of the pills should be continued as normal.
If you have missed a pill and it has been more than 24 hours since you should have taken it, your contraception may be affected. Take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if that means taking two pills at once. Use additional precautions such as condoms for 7 days. If you are within the last 7 days of a pack (week 3), you should go straight onto the next pack without taking a 7-day break.
If you have missed more than one pill, particularly if you are in the first week of the pack, and have had sex in the preceding week, you may be at risk of pregnancy and should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you missed taking a pill within 12 hours of your regular time, you should still be fully protected. If it has been longer than 12 hours, follow the instructions on what to do when you miss a pill.
If you have vomited within 3 to 4 hours after taking Lucette, its effectiveness may be reduced. You should take another pill as soon as possible and continue taking the remainder of the packet as usual. If you are unable to take your pill because you are unwell, you should use condoms until you are feeling better and able to swallow your pills for at least 7 consecutive days.
Common side effects from taking Lucette include:
Less common side effects include:
Stop using Lucette and consult a doctor if you experience any of the following:
Do not use Lucette if:
Speak to your doctor before taking Lucette if:
The following medications are known to interact with Lucette:
You should always disclose your other medication to the person prescribing you Lucette to make sure there are no interactions.
The hormones in Lucette can act to reduce symptoms of acne as can most other combined hormonal contraceptive pills. Speak to your doctor if you are suffering from troublesome acne.
The main difference between a combined contraceptive pill such as Lucette and the mini pill is that Lucette contains two types of hormones: an oestrogen and a progestogen. The mini pill is a progestogen-only pill. This means that it only contains one type of hormone. The benefits of the mini pill include fewer side effects, but you cannot use it to control your menstrual cycle in the same way as a combined pill.
Yasmin is an alternative to Lucette. It contains exactly the same active ingredients, but the pills have different names because they are made by different manufacturers. Dr Felix stocks all common contraceptive pills. If you are unable to take the combined contraceptive pill, you can opt for the mini pill or choose an alternative form of hormonal contraception such as the implant, the injection or a coil.
Weight gain is a reported side effect of Lucette, but there is no evidence that the pill actually causes you to put on weight and this perceived weight gain may be simply a coincidence. Consult your doctor if you are worried about weight gain as a possible side effect.
Depression and mood changes are common side effects of Lucette. If you are experiencing depression or have suicidal thoughts, consult a doctor right away. Lucette isn’t known to cause anxiety, but it can make pre-existing mood disorders worse.
Once you stop taking Lucette, you could immediately become pregnant. Your natural menstrual cycle will usually return within one month after you stop taking the contraceptive. Every woman is different, so it may take a bit longer for you to become pregnant. If you are concerned, consult a doctor or family planning clinic.
If you do not have any serious health conditions, you should have no problems when taking Lucette. Oral hormonal contraceptives are generally safe. Combined oral contraceptive pills are known to increase your risk of having a blood clot, and in fact, there’s some evidence that Lucette has a higher risk than other combined pills. Make sure you read the information leaflet included in the packaging and consult a doctor to discuss which pill is the most suitable for you.