Seasonique is a combination estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (levonorgestrel) extended-cycle birth control pill. This type of oral contraceptive consists of 91 pills taken consecutively which completes one full cycle. Seasonique comes in a rectangular blister pack that contains 84 light blue green and 7 yellow pills. The yellow pills contain only ethinyl estradiol. The omittance of levonorgestrel during this time allows your menstrual cycle to begin.
How do I take Seasonique?
Seasonique has only one dosage, one pill taken by mouth once per day for 91 days. It is preferable to take Seasonique at the same time each day. Pills can be taken with or without food and should not be taken along with other medications. Some medications can inhibit the functioning of Seasonique creating an unwanted pregnancy risk.
When should I start Seasonique?
Seasonique should be started on the Sunday after your period begins. You may also start Seasonique if your period begins on that Sunday. Do not start Seasonique if you think you may be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding. If you have just had a baby you should wait at least 4-6 weeks before starting this method of birth control. Seasonique is not fully effective during the first seven days of use. You should use an alternative method of birth control during this time period.
What if I miss a pill?
For Seasonique to work properly you must take it each day. Spotting or bleeding can occur when you miss pills. When taking an extra pill to make up for missing a day nausea can occur.
If you miss 1 light blue green pill:
Take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill and your regular time. This may mean that you take two pills in one day.
If you miss 2 light blue green pills in a row:
Take two pills on the day that you remember. Take two pills at your regular time the next day. Continue taking one pill per day until you finish the pack. Missing two pills can cause you to become pregnant, if you have sex at any time during the 7 days after your missed pills date.
If you miss 3 or more light blue green pills in a row:
Do not take the missed pills. Continue taking one pill per day until you finish the pack. You may experience bleeding during the week following the missed pills. If you have sex on any of the seven days following your missed pill date you could become pregnant. Make sure you use a non-hormonal birth control method during this time.
If you do not get your period when you are taking the yellow pills you may be pregnant. Please consult your healthcare provider.
If you miss any of the 7 yellow pills:
Throw away the missed pills but keep taking the rest of the pills until the pack is finished.