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The recommended Aranelle dosing guidelines are standard for every woman who is using the contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. This oral contraceptive comes in the form of a tablet that must be taken at the same time every day. If you miss Aranelle doses, it increases your risk of pregnancy. When first starting Aranelle, you can start it on either the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts.

Aranelle Dosing: An Introduction

There is only one standard dose of Aranelle™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your Aranelle dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. If you do not take Aranelle correctly, it significantly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Aranelle is a generic version of Tri-Norinyl® and is also equivalent to Leena® birth control pills. The information in this article applies to both of these contraceptives as well.)

Starting Aranelle

There are two different ways to start Aranelle for the first time:
  • Sunday start -- Start Aranelle on the first Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still having your period. For many women, starting on Sunday may decrease their chance of having their period on the weekends (although not all women find this to be the case). You will need to use a backup method of birth control for the first seven days of the first pack.
  • Day 1 start -- Start Aranelle on the first day of your period, within 24 hours of the start of bleeding. You will be protected from pregnancy from the start, and no backup method of birth control is needed. If your period happens to start on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (not a Sunday start).
If you choose a Sunday start, you will start every pack of Aranelle on Sundays. If you choose a day 1 start, you will start each pack on your initial start day (for instance, if you first started Aranelle on a Tuesday, you will start every pack on a Tuesday).
Some healthcare providers may suggest other ways to start Aranelle, such as starting in the middle of the cycle. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions in such situations.
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