Cerazette is a well-known branded mini pill or POP (progestogen-only pill). It’s an excellent alternative to combined contraceptive pills for women over the age of 35 who smoke.

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About Cerazette

How to use Cerazette

To avoid pregnancy, take one pill every day, at the same time every day, with no breaks. You take the packs back-to-back without stopping, even during your period. Many women will not have their period while on Cerazette; this is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

How does Cerazette work?

Cerazette is a mini pill that only contains progestogens. Desogestrel, a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone, is its active ingredient. Cerazette is a medication that is prescribed to sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant. Cerelle is the branded version; it contains the same active ingredient and works in the same way.

How effective is Cerazette?

If you begin using Cerazette on days 1-5 of your period, you will be protected against pregnancy right away.

Cerazette, when used correctly, can be up to 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. If you are vomiting or have severe diarrhea, you may not be protected from pregnancy. If this occurs, continue taking the pill as usual, but use a condom while you’re sick. If this continues for more than 24 hours, you should take the same steps as if the pill was missed.

Is Cerazette the same as Cerelle?

Cerelle is the generic name for Cerazette. They contain the same active ingredients and function in the same way. Cerelle may be a less expensive version of this mini-pill.

What are the Cerazette side effects?

Most women will have no side effects from Cerazette, but some may experience irregular bleeding, which usually resolves within three months. Other possible side effects include headaches, acne, nausea, mood swings, and breast sensitivity.

See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly. If you are experiencing any side effects, please contact us through your Patient Record.

If you forget to take your pill

If you forget to take it, unlike most mini pills, Cerazette has a 12-hour window in which it can still protect you from pregnancy. As soon as you remember, take the forgotten pill. Then, as usual, take the next pill. This may imply taking two pills in a single day.

You will not be protected against pregnancy if you do not take it within 12 hours of the usual time. Continue to take your pills as usual, but for the next two days, use condoms. You may require emergency contraception if you had unprotected sex during this time.

Can Cerazette prevent menstruation?

While on Cerazette, many women will not have their period at all, but others may have regular, lighter, more frequent, or longer periods.

Can smokers use Cerazette?

Cerazette is a good alternative to the combined contraceptive pill for smokers. ​​​​​​​

Is Cerazette safe to use while breastfeeding?

Cerazette is safe to use while breastfeeding. Small amounts of the hormone in Cerazette may pass into the baby’s bloodstream via breast milk, but this has no effect on them or the way breast milk is produced.

Will Cerazette have an effect on my weight?

There is no evidence that the progestogen-only pill causes weight gain in women. Your weight may fluctuate throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other factors unrelated to the pill.

Can I purchase Cerazette online?

A Cerazette prescription can be requested and paid for online. Because this is a prescription-only medication, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy Cerazette online, even if you use an online doctor. You should never buy the contraceptive pill without a prescription from a regulated health service staffed by professionally qualified and registered clinicians.

How do I switch from another pill to Cerazette?

If you want to change your contraceptive pill, please contact us through your Patient record or make an appointment with your GP to discuss the change. If you are switching to a new pill, it is recommended that you do not take a break between packs, and you may need to use other contraceptive methods during the transition.

Cerazette Facts

If you’ve already purchased your pill from us, you can request a 3, 6, or 12-month supply from your Patient Record if you’re medically qualified. Please send us a message in your Patient Record if you want to change your pill.

Safety: taking other medicines

Cerazette should be safe to take with other medications. However, it is critical that you tell us about any prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational drugs you are taking so that we can safely prescribe Cerazette to you.

Treatment alternatives

We have a variety of contraceptives available, such as NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills, and mini pills. View all of our contraception choices.

Condoms are a reliable method of contraception that also protects against STIs.

Long-acting contraceptives, such as implants, the coil, and injectable contraception, are also available from your GP or family planning clinic.

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