21 day pills – Take your first pill from the bubble in the pack marked with the correct day of the week or the first pill of the first colour (phasic pills).Try to take it at the same time each day and take a pill every day until the pack is finished (21 days).
You then stop taking pills for seven days. During this week you get a bleed. You don't have periods when you take the pill – you have a withdrawal bleed (which doesn't always happen). It is caused by you not taking hormones in the pill free week.
Start your next pack on the eighth day (the same day of the week as you took your first pill). Do this whether or not you are still bleeding.
EveryDay pills – Take the first pill from the section of the pack marked 'start'. This will be an active pill. Take a pill every day until the pack is finished (28 days). You must take the pills in the correct order and try to take them at the same time each day. Taking the pills in the wrong order could mean that you are not protected against pregnancy.
During the seven days that you take the placebo pills you will get a withdrawal bleed. When you finish a pack you should start another pack the next day whether or not you are still bleeding.
EveryDay pills come with sticky strips of paper with the days of the week marked on them. These help you keep track of your pill taking. Instructions in the pack will tell you how to use them.