It’s best to take the pill at the same time every day. You could set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take your pill.
There are three different ways to take the pill.
1. Have your period every month
Find the arrow on your sheet of pills and take your daily pill in that order. This means you will take 21 hormone pills, and then 7 non-hormone pills, every 28 days.
If you choose to take the pill this way, you can expect a period during the seven days of non-hormonal pills. Your period will often be lighter and less crampy on the pill.
You won’t be protected from pregnancy if you forget to take two or more pills in a week.
2. Have your period every few months
Skip your seven non-hormone pills most months. Take your hormone pills every day.
If and when you want to have a period, just take your non-hormone pills — once a day for seven days.
3. Have no period
This is called taking the pill continuously. When you reach the end of your 21 hormone pills, skip the non-hormone pills, and go right onto the next sheet of hormone pills. This is the most effective way to take the pill.
If you only take the hormone pills, you’re less likely to have a period.
You might notice bleeding and spotting when you start taking the pill continuously. You can wait for your body to get used to taking the pill continuously, or you can decide to have a period — just take your non-hormone pills for seven days.
You can take the pill continuously for as long as you want. If you ever want to have a period, you can take your non-hormone pills for seven days.
Taking your pill continuously protects you from pregnancy — unless you forget to take more than eight pills in a row.