Each pack of Kenor contains 21 light yellow pills which contain 1mg of ethynodiol diacetate band 35 mcg of ethinyl estradiol. One light, yellow pill is taken daily. The packs also contain 7 white placebo pills which have no active ingredients.
How to start Kelnor
Kelnor is packaged in blister packs containing 28 tablets each. There are 21 active tablets, which are yellow and contain the active hormones. There are 7 white inert tablets, which do not contain active ingredients. There are two ways to start Kelnor, the Day 1 Start and the Sunday Start.
- Day 1 start (most common starting method): Start with the first active yellow tablet on the first day of menstruation, which is known as Day 1 of the menstrual cycle.
- Sunday start: With the Sunday start, the first tablet should be taken on the Sunday after the onset of the menstrual period. Again, start with the first active yellow tablet, and take them in order as packaged.
How to take Kelnor
Try to take Kelnor at the same time every day and follow the order of pills in the packaging. During the 7 days when you are taking the inactive pills, you should be getting your period. You may find that your bleeding lasts the full seven days, but it could be shorter. When taking oral contraceptives, it is best to find a time of day that is easy to remember in order to avoid missing a pill.
What do I do if I forget to take my pill?
In case you miss an active (yellow) pill, take it immediately once you remember. Your next pill should be taken at the normal time, even if you take 2 pills in one day. If you forget to take active pills for 2 days in a row, take 2 pills once you remember, and follow up by taking 2 pills the next day. Then continue to take the pills as scheduled. It is advisable to use a back-up birth control method, such as condoms, over the next 7 days if you miss 2 or more doses, as there is an increased risk of becoming pregnant during this 7 day period. Refer to the package insert or ask your doctor if you are not sure what you should do if you forget to take your pill(s).