Cerelle is a powerful generic 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.

About Cerelle

How to use Cerelle

Take 1 pill at the same time every day. Take the packs back-to-back, without a break, even if you’re on your period. Many women will not have their period while on Cerelle; this is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

How does Cerelle work?

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

How effective is Cerelle?

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

Cerelle, 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.

What are the Cerelle side effects?

Cerelle has no known side effects in the majority of women, but some have reported irregular bleeding, which usually resolves within 3 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.

What should I do if I forget to take the pill?

If you forget to take it, unlike most mini pills, Cerelle 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 smokers use Cerelle?

Cerelle, as a progestogen-only pill, is appropriate for smokers and thus a viable alternative to the combined contraceptive pill.

Will Cerelle have an impact on my weight?

There is no evidence that a progestogen-only pill, such as Cerelle, will cause women to gain weight. Your weight may fluctuate during your cycle due to fluid retention and other factors unrelated to the pill.

Can I buy Cerelle online?

Cerelle prescriptions 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 Cerelle 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.

Is it possible for Cerelle to stop menstruating?

Cerelle is taken every day, without fail. With this pill, some women’s periods stop completely, while others’ periods may continue regularly or become lighter and less frequent.

How do I switch from another pill to Cerelle?

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

Cerelle's vital information

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

Cerelle 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 Cerelle.

Alternative treatments

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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