Lucette

Get Lucette to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy

Lucette is a combined contraceptive pill containing ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. You can also get a prescription for Lucette if you need to ease PMS symptoms or regulate painful periods.

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Dr Samantha Miller

Reviewed by Dr Samantha Miller MB ChB
(2017, University of Glasgow)
GMC number: 7561464

Information last reviewed 21/02/2021

About

What is Lucette?

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.

How does Lucette work?

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.

How effective is Lucette?

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.

When does Lucette begin to work?

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.

Lucette for non-contraceptive purposes

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.

Can you use Lucette for period delay?

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.

Lucette for endometriosis

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.

Switching contraceptive pill

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.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Lucette are ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.

Inactive ingredients

Other ingredients contained in Lucette are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, macrogol and lecithin.

Dosage

How to start taking Lucette?

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.

What should I do if I miss a 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. 

What should I do if I took a pill too late?

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 I have vomited, will Lucette still work?

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.

Side Effects

Common side effects from taking Lucette include:

  • Spotting and breakthrough bleeding
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Nausea 
  • Depressive mood
  • Breast tenderness
  • Change in vaginal discharge

 
Less common side effects include:

  • Change in libido (sex drive)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Acne, rash or skin itching
  • Hair loss
  • Vaginal infections such as thrush
  • Swollen breasts
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight gain

 
Stop using Lucette and consult a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Symptoms of a blood clot in a vein or an artery. 
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling and/or pain in one leg
  • Weakness or sensory changes on one side
  • Sudden visual changes
  • Hearing issues
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breast secretions
  • Skin conditions (in particular erythema nodosum or erythema multiforme - both characterised by new red rash)

Contraindications

Do not use Lucette if:

  • You previously had a blood clot
  • You had a heart attack or stroke in the past
  • You have ever had angina pectoris
  • You have ever had a transient ischaemic attack
  • You have vascular disease e.g. intermittent claudication
  • You have ever experienced migraine with aura before
  • You ever had cervical cancer, breast cancer or cancer of the vagina
  • You are allergic to the ingredients
  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You are over the age of 35 and you smoke
  • You have breast cancer 

Speak to your doctor before taking Lucette if:

  • You suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure
  • You have high cholesterol or triglycerides
  • You have regular migraines or headaches
  • You suffer from asthma
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have any kind of heart disease
  • You have diabetes
  • You have recently given birth
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You have ever had chloasma
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have liver problems
  • You have any clotting disorders
  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You are immobile e.g. having major surgery or in a wheelchair
  • You have varicose veins
  • You have had pancreatitis before
  • A close relative has had breast cancer
  • You have previously had any illness associated with pregnancy
  • You smoke

Drug interactions

The following medications are known to interact with Lucette:

  • Epilepsy medications
  • HIV medications
  • Hepatitis C medications
  • Rifampicin 
  • Bosentan
  • Griseofulvin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Modafinil 
  • Bosentan 
  • Etoricoxib 
  • St. John's wort 

You should always disclose your other medication to the person prescribing you Lucette to make sure there are no interactions.

Treatment Options

Lucette for acne

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.

Lucette versus the mini pill

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.

Alternatives to Lucette

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.

Q&A

Does Lucette cause weight gain?

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.

Can Lucette cause anxiety?

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.

When can I get pregnant after taking Lucette?

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.

Is it safe to take Lucette for a long time?

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.

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