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Seasonique is a combined contraceptive pill that’s amongst the safest contraceptive options, with less risk of side effects. It’s an extended-cycle pill, so you only take inactive pills every three months.
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Seasonique is a combined contraceptive pill that’s almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly. It’s a little different than a lot of other contraceptive pills, because it’s what’s known as an extended regimen pill. That means you take a pill everyday, but some have two types of hormones while some only have oestrogen.
It comes in packs of 91 pills, 84 of which contain two hormones and 7 which only have one. Seasonique is an extended cycle pill that is also biphasic, so the hormones in the pills only change for a week at the end of every three-month cycle.
Combined pills are very safe for most women, but Seasonique is amongst the safest in the combined pill category as it has a lower risk of serious side effects, such as blood clots. And it’s also less likely than other pills to give the usual side effects like heavy bleeding, breast fullness and tenderness, headaches, fluid retention, tiredness, irritability, nausea and bloating.
Seasonique contains levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol, and these hormones have three main tasks to perform in your body. First, they stop ovulation — this alone can prevent pregnancy, but Seasonique offers two extra layers of protection, just in case you end up ovulating anyways. The hormones prevent the build-up of the uterine wall so an egg can’t implant there, and they also make your cervical fluid thicker so sperm can’t get through. These three factors will make it very unlikely for you to get pregnant, and can also make your periods lighter.
There’s only one dose of Seasonique available in Australia. Seasonique contains 84 pills with 0.15mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03mg of ethinyl estradiol, and 7 pills with 0.01mg of ethinyl estradiol.
If you need a higher or lower dose pill, you may need to switch to another brand. Our clinician can help you if you’re looking for an alternative.
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The clinician who prescribes Seasonique to you will be able to give you detailed instructions on how to take it, and you should always follow your clinician’s advice. But there are a few general guidelines you can keep in mind when taking contraception:
It can take about seven days for you to get up to optimum levels of protection with Seasonique. To make sure that the hormones have time to get to work in the body, it’s better to be safe and continue using barrier contraception methods, such as a condom or spermicide, for the first week of taking Seasonique.
If you forget to take your pill, you should take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next one, just skip the one you missed and continue taking one a day as usual. You should also keep in mind that the interval between pills shouldn’t exceed 24 hours, and if it does so regularly, the effectiveness of the hormones lowers and you might become pregnant as a result.
To ensure that you don’t miss your pills, you should set an alarm on your phone to ring at the same time every day, and always carry the pills with you so you can take them at the correct time, even if you’re not at home when the alarm rings.
If on the other hand you accidentally take more Seasonique than you should, don’t worry, you’re likely going to be ok, as there have been no reports of fatal overdose caused by birth control. You might feel nausea and get light vaginal bleeding, this is no cause for alarm as it’s a normal reaction of taking too much contraception. But if your symptoms are severe and persistent you should seek emergency medical attention.
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