How to take Femme-Tab
Read the package insert carefully before you take Femme-Tab.
Femme-Tab has 21 off-white pills with hormones and seven hormone-free red-brown pills. You’ll take one off-white pill daily for three weeks and then one red-brown pill daily for one week. After you’ve finished all 28 pills, you’ll start a new pack.
The red-brown pills in Femme-Tab are inactive, meaning they don’t contain any hormones. You’ll take them during the week you’ll have your period. The reason hormone-free pills are included in your pack is so you can get into the routine of taking one pill every day, making it easier to remember.
Most contraceptive pills are highly effective when taken properly and no pills are missed, and Femme-Tab is over 99% effective when taken perfectly. Femme-Tab stays highly effective with typical use – which is when you might occasionally forget a pill – but it’s good practice to use back-up contraceptive methods like condoms for a week after your missed pill.
What should I do if I miss a Femme-Tab pill?
If you’re more than 12 hours late taking one of your active pills, we recommend that you use a condom for the next week. Same goes for forgetting to take one or more pills. If you miss a pill during the inactive pill period, you don’t need to do anything (besides throw the missed pill away).
If you’ve missed a pill, check the package insert for information on what to do next. You can also log in to your Treated account and ask the doctor about missed pills if you need more advice.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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