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Cati
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If the ACTIVE pills all have the same compunds, why does the order of them matter?
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It really depends: with some brands of pills it does, with others it doesn't.

That's because with some brands, the active pills are all the exact same every day: with others, they are not. And that difference is less about effectiveness per pregnancy prevention as it is about how the pill impacts people with side effects and such. For some folks, having the hormones ebb and flow one given way versus another is a better fit for them.

Your patient leaflet for your pill should tell you if all your active pills are the same or not. If they are, then it doesn't matter. If they're not, then it does, but that's primarily about the pill going easy on your body.

Mind, a lot of people remember to take their pill and if they have taken it by if the blister pack for a given day is used or not, so taking them out of order could make that confusing for some.

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Well, the leaflet says that EACH pill contains 3mg of something and 0,3 mg of something else. I guess that means the order in this case doesn't matter, then? [Smile]

Because I just realized I wasn't following the little arrows of the package correcty xD

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If in doubt, I'd double check with your pharmacist or prescribing physician, but if the leaflet only lists one formulation for all your pills, rather than specifying it's different such as per color or week, then I'd say it's safe to assume they are all the same.

But I'd also certainly be happy to look up your brand if you like to verify that if by chance you can't get hold of either of those people.

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