Management of missed tablets
If you are more than 12 hours late in taking any hormonal tablet, the contraceptive protection may be reduced. If it is less than 12 hours, the contraceptive protection is not reduced.


If you have forgotten to take a tablet, you should take the next tablet as soon as you remember. Then you should take further tablets at the usual time.

There is a particularly high risk of pregnancy if hormonal tablets are missed at the beginning or near the end of the pack. If tablets are missed in the first week of taking hormonal tablets and intercourse took place in the preceding 7 days the possibility of pregnancy should be considered.

Errors in taking the non-hormonal tablets contained in Estelle™-35ED can be ignored.

A missed tablet will not have any effect on the treatment of acne, hirsutism or androgenetic alopecia. It is only important for oral contraception.

The management of missed tablets can be guided by the following two basic rules:

Tablet taking must never be discontinued for longer than 7 days.


7 days of uninterrupted tablet taking is required to attain adequate suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.

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