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Need instructions on taking the birth control pills

Hi I have been taking Yaz however I have not changed to lavlin . I'm not sure where to start my last Yaz pill was Friday and I would normally start again on Wednesday (4 day sugar pill). Should I be starting lavlin on Wednesday or take the sugar pills Wednesday Thurs and Friday as per there packet (7 day sugar pill) and start on Saturday
Mon, 27 May 2013
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Hi.
Thanks for asking in Healthcare Magic.

Yaz contains 28 (24+4) pills with 24 active and 4 sugar pills and Levlin has 28 (21+7) 21 active and 7 non hormonal pills. Since you are already on Yaz and the sugar pills get over on tuesday, you should start the active pills of Levlin from wednesday.

The small beige coloured pills in Levlin pack are the hormonal pills and the large white coloured pills are the non hormonal pills. You should start with the small hormonal pill on wednesday. Once the 21 hormonal pills get over, the non hormonal white pills can be taken and during this time you will get your menstrual cycle.

Levlin is a low dose hormonal pill. In case you have doubt about the identification of the hormonal pills in the pack, you should seek the help of your treating Dr, otherwise, if you start with the wrong pill, there may be a contraceptive failure.

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