How to start Estelle™-35ED

If you are not currently using a hormonal contraceptive, the first tablet of Estelle™-35ED must be taken on the first day of the cycle (first day of bleeding). Starting a bit later, on day 2 through to day 5 of your cycle is allowed, but during the first cycle a barrier method of contraception is recommended for the first two weeks.

Start taking the tablet in the red section marked with the appropriate day of the week. Take the small yellow hormonal tablets daily until all 21 of the small yellow hormonal tablets have been taken. Continue by taking the white non-hormonal tablets daily for 7 days. Withdrawl bleeding should usually occur within 2 to 4 days after taking the last small yellow hormonal tablet.

In the first cycle only, an additional form of contraception (except the rhythm and temperature methods) must be used for the first 14 days of tablet taking. Tablets should be taken at the same time each day if possible.

Changing from another combined oral contraceptive (COC)

You should start with Estelle™-35ED preferably on the day after the last hormonal tablet of your previous oral contraceptive.


At the latest, you can start Estelle™-35ED on the day following the usual tablet free or non-hormonal tablet interval of your previous oral contraceptive. You should start Estelle™-35ED in the red section on the day after the last hormonal tablet of your previous oral contraceptive.

Changing from a progestogen only method (minipill, injection, implant)

You may change any day from the minipill, (from an implant on the day of its removal, or from an injectable when the next injection would be due), but in all cases you should use an additional form of contraception (barrier methods) for the first two weeks.

Following first trimester abortion (i.e. within the first 3 months of pregnancy)

You may start immediately. When doing so, you do not need to take additional contraceptive measures.

Following delivery or second trimester abortion (ie between 3 and 6 months of pregnancy)

You should start 21 to 28 days after delivery or second trimester abortion. When starting later, you should use additional contraception (barrier methods) for the first 7 days of tablet taking.


However, if intercourse has already occurred, pregnancy should be excluded before the actual start of Estelle™-35ED. Alternatively you wait for your next menstrual period before starting.

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