This depends on the type of contraceptive pill you use. For the most accurate instructions, read the information in your contraceptive pill pack.
For combined oral contraceptive pills (COCs):
Each monthly pack of combined oral contraceptives usually has 21 tablets that contain hormonal therapy. Some brands have packs with 21 hormonal tablets and 7 blank (or placebo) tablets. Other brands have different proportions of hormonal and blank tablets, such as 24 hormonal tablets and 4 blanks. Blank tablets may have a different colour than the hormonal tablets.
Take all the tablets, one by one, until the pack finishes. If you're taking a 28-day pack, start a new pack as soon as one finishes. If your pack contains 21 tablets, take seven pill-free days before starting a new pack. Be sure to remember to start again after the seven days or you may become pregnant.
During your hormone-free break, you can expect bleeding like a light period.
For the Progestogen-only Pill (POP) or mini-pill:
The mini-pill Lamya is taken every day with no break. Each pack contains 28 pills, and when it finishes you should start another one straight away. You may experience some spotting while using the mini-pill.
You need to take the pill every day at the same time. This is very important especially with the mini-pill.
If you find it difficult to remember to take the pill, setting a regular alarm on your phone could help.