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We got your back with a simple, easy-to-follow schedule

It’s super easy: One pill a day, same time every day for max pregnancy prevention.

It’s super easy: One pill a day, same time every day for max pregnancy prevention.

How to take Balcoltra

We made it simple to start Balcoltra

You have 2 options for starting. Your doctor will help you decide what will work best for you.

Sunday start

Your doctor may recommend you start your first pack on a Sunday. Use a nonhormonal backup contraception (such as a condom or diaphragm) for the first 7 days you take Balcoltra.

Take 1 pill on the Sunday after your period starts. If your period starts on a Sunday, start your pack that day.

Day 1 start

You can also start Balcoltra on the first day of your period, if your doctor recommends it.

If you start on a day other than Sunday, use the stickers provided with your prescription to label your pill pack appropriately according to your cycle.

Balcoltra and other medications

Balcoltra may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Balcoltra works.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Forget a pill? Don’t worry, we got your back

We get it—life happens! Click on the option below that describes your situation. You can also ask your doctor what to do.

  • Take it as soon as you remember, and then take the next pill at your regular time, even if that means taking 2 pills in 1 day.
  • Continue taking 1 pill every day until you finish the pack.
  • You do NOT need to use a backup birth control method.

In week 1 or 2

  • Take the 2 missed pills as soon as you remember. Take the next 2 pills the next day.
  • Continue taking 1 pill every day until you finish the pack.
  • Use a nonhormonal backup birth control method (like a condom or diaphragm) if you have sex in the first 7 days after missing your pills.

In week 3

  • If you started your pill pack on a Sunday, take 1 pill per day until Sunday. Then throw out the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack.
  • If you started your pill pack on any other day, throw out the rest of your pill pack and start a new pack that same day.
  • Use a nonhormonal backup birth control method if you have sex in the first 7 days after missing your pills.
  • You may not have your period this month. If you miss your period 2 months in a row, you could be pregnant and you should call your doctor.
  • If you started your pill pack on a Sunday, take 1 pill per day until Sunday. Then throw out the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack.
  • If you started your pill pack on any other day, throw out the rest of your pill pack and start a new pack that same day.
  • Use a nonhormonal backup birth control method (like a condom or a diaphragm) if you have sex in the first 7 days after missing your pills.
  • You may not have your period this month. If you miss your period 2 months in a row, you could be pregnant and you should call your doctor.

Have your phone do the remembering for you

The Bedsider Birth Control Reminders app lets you easily program funny or discreet reminders to take your pill at your specified time every day.