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Cerazette

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75mcg
3 months (3x28 pills) (£19.99)

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What is Cerazette?

Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill (POP), otherwise known as the 'mini pill'. It provides immediate protection against pregnancy when taken on the first day of your period.

Cerazette is different from the standard combined pill as it has only one active ingredient, desogestrel (progestogen). In contrast, the combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen.

The mini pill is suitable for women over 35, and who smoke. It can also be used by those who cannot take oestrogens.

This medication is also available as a generic, going by the name of ‘desogestrel’. Generics are unbranded versions, with identical effects - the only difference is the price.

Please note, this medicine will not protect you against STIs - only a condom will do this.

How does Cerazette work?

Due to the way Cerazette influences your body’s production of eggs, it is considered an especially effective contraception.

Traditional mini-pills prevent pregnancy by stopping the womb lining from thickening and by increasing the thickness of cervical fluid. This means that sperm cannot enter the uterus.

However, as a desogestrel progestogen-only pill, Cerazette also prevents ovulation. This is possible due to the higher concentration of desogestrel - an artificial version of the hormone progesterone.

The combination of the above effects makes conception extremely unlikely - if taken correctly, it is more than 99% effective.

Please note, for the effects to last, you must take a dose of Cerazette every day.

How do I take Cerazette?

Cerazette is only available in one dosage - 75mcg. As with all mini-pills, tablets should be taken orally and daily for the full 28 days of your cycle.

For full instructions, please consult the patient information leaflet:

  • take one pill at the same time every day for 28 days; each blister pack has the days to keep track
  • complete blister packs taking no breaks
  • some women experience a bleed similar to that of a period, and some do not
  • if you forget to take a pill at your usual time, it can be taken up to 12 hours late
If not taken on the first day of your period, use condoms for the following seven days. Take each pill around the same time every day for maximum effectiveness. Each pill can be swallowed with or without water and food. Store away from direct sunlight and below 25°C. Double-check the expiry date and patient leaflet.

What if I miss a pill?

As doses should be taken daily, it is unlikely that you will forget to take it one. However, if you do, how you act next depends on when your last dose was.

This contraceptive is a 12-hour mini pill, meaning you can take your forgotten pill up to 12 hours late with no reduction in efficacy.

Less than 12 hours late - take the dose as soon as you remember. Continue the pack as normal. You will still be protected and do not need to use additional protection.

More than 12 hours late - take the late dose as soon as you remember, and finish the pack as normal. You will not be protected to the same level, so use additional barrier contraception (condoms) for the following seven days, or refrain from having sex.

If you vomit or experience diarrhoea, treat this the same as a missed pill.

If you have had sex and have missed a pill by more than 12 hours, you should take emergency contraception as soon as possible. You should visit a pharmacy or doctor’s office for emergency contraception. It can also be ordered for future-use from HealthExpress.

Use our interactive tool below to decide what to do if you miss one or multiple pills in a month (menstrual cycle). Click to begin.

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*If you have missed contraceptive pills in the first one to seven days of the pill pack and have had sex without barrier contraception, you could be pregnant. If you have calculated this between one to five days after the unprotected sex, you could use emergency contraception such as the IUD or morning-after pill. If not, continue your contraception until the seven-day break. If you don't have any bleeding, it is advised to take a pregnancy test and/or consult your doctor.

What are the possible side effects?

Cerazette is a prescription contraceptive treatment, so there is a slight risk of developing side effects. The most commonly reported reactions include:

  • altered mood
  • breast abnormalities
  • decreased libido
  • depressed mood
  • headache
  • menstrual cycle changes
  • nausea
  • skin reactions
  • weight change

These side effects should subside as the body becomes accustomed to the mini pill. However, if they do happen to persist, you should contact a doctor to discuss your condition.

The exception to this is breast abnormalities - though rare, if they occur, report them to your doctor immediately.

When taking any hormonal treatment, you get regular check-ups from your doctor - this is so they can monitor your health and detect any issues.

Who can take it?

Always consult your doctor before starting any new medication.

As a hormonal contraceptive, Cerazette is not suitable for all women. You should contact your doctor and ask about alternatives if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • you have a thrombosis
  • you have acute porphyria
  • you have breast cancer
  • you have unexplained vaginal bleeding

What precautions should I take?

You should be careful when using this medication if:

  • you have ever had breast cancer
  • you have liver cancer or a liver condition
  • you have diabetes
  • you suffer from epilepsy
  • you have tuberculosis
  • you have high blood pressure

All of the above can increase the chance of serious side effects occurring.

You should also make sure to regularly inspect your breasts, paying attention to any abnormalities. If you discover any, seek immediate medical attention.

You should also know the symptoms of thrombosis, pain or cramping in the legs, red and dark skin around the painful region, and swollen or painful veins. If you detect any of these, or if you have difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.

Can I buy Cerazette online?

Yes, you can buy Cerazette online from HealthExpress.

All hormonal contraception requires a review of your medical details by a doctor. We will ask you to complete a short medical consultation - this is for your safety so that our doctors’ can minimise the chance of complications occurring.

If approved, you will be issued with a prescription suitable for any pharmacy. Our pharmacy will automatically dispense your order unless specified otherwise.

Is it safe to buy Cerazette online?

Buying contraceptives online can save you a lot of time and energy; however, you want to ensure your health is never compromised.

Links to our certificates can be found at the bottom of this page.

Cerazette info
Product nameCerazette
Active ingredient(s)Desogestrel
ManufacturerOrganon
Lowest price£19.99
Trustpilot rating4.8/5
Trustpilot reviews149
AvailabilityIn stock
DescriptionCerazette is a progestogen-only mini pill that is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
AdministrationOral
PresentationTablets
Available dosage(s)75mcg
ApplicationOffering protection against pregnancy for women over 18
UsageTake 1 tablet per day for 28 days
Drug classProgestogen-only (POP)
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingCan possibly be prescribed, ask your doctor
When pregnantNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives

Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.

Cerazette FAQs

Is Cerazette a combined pill?

No, Cerazette is a progesterone-only pill (POP) which is otherwise known as the 'mini-pill'. Unlike a combined contraceptive pill, it only contains one hormone.

Does Cerazette stop periods?

Cerazette does not have a pill break to simulate periods, no. However, some women may experience irregular bleeding for some time or for the entire duration of treatment.

Is Desogestrel the same as Cerazette?

Desogestrel is the active ingredient of Cerazette meaning that both the generic Desogestrel and Cerazette work in exactly the same way.

Is Desomono the same as Cerazette?

Desmono and Cerazette are two different brands but contain the exact same active ingredient: desogestrel.

Is Cerelle the same as Cerazette?

Cerelle and Cerazette are two different brands that contain the same active ingredient: Desogestrel.

Can I buy Cerazette over the counter?

No, Cerazette is only available on prescription. Some brands of progesterone-only pill, however, may be available over the counter.

How do I take the Cerazette 'mini pill'?

You should take one Cerazette pill each day at the same time. You do not need to take a pill break and as soon as you finish one strip, you can go onto the next one.

How long does Cerazette take to work?

Cerazette is effective immediately if taken within the first 5 days of your cycle. Any other time, it may take up to a week until it is effective and you should use barrier contraception for that time.

How do I stop bleeding on Cerazette?

Irregular bleeding is a common side effect of Cerazette, and may take a while to settle down. However if you are bleeding heavily or for more than 7 days while taking Cerazette, you should see your doctor. They may recommend that you stop taking the pill.

Does Cerazette cause weight gain?

Cerazette can cause weight gain or bloating in some women. If you're worried about side effects of the mini-pill, please consult your doctor before taking it.

Does Cerazette cause hair loss?

Although relatively uncommon, hair loss is a known side effect of Cerazette. However, it should disappear within a short time after starting treatment. If you're experiencing persistent or significant hair loss after a few weeks of treatment, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

How do I come off Cerazette?

There's no method to stop taking Cerazette. As soon as you stop taking it, however, you will not be protected against pregnancy unless you're using a barrier contraceptive.

How long after stopping Cerazette will I ovulate?

There is no definite answer as all women react differently. Most women should resume ovulation 2 - 4 weeks after stopping the pill, but some women start ovulating much earlier or later.

Does Cerazette affect pregnancy tests?

No, Cerazette does not affect pregnancy tests. A pregnancy test will still work even if you're on a contraceptive pill. However, if you are taking Cerazette and think you may be pregnant, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

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  • Easy to use and works really well for me against other brands said to contain exactly the same ingredients. Drs started giving cheaper alternative which wasn't great for me do decided to pay and hlad I do as no more side effects

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  • Find this pill suits me, have tried alternatives but make me feel unwell and couldn't get through doctor and chemist as they kept insisting alternatives were ok and no different. Cerezette definitely a superior brand of product and wouldn't use anything else even though I have to pay

    Susan W
  • Good product, no unwanted side effects, have been taking it for just over a year after having been on the combined pill for as long as I can remember. Was recommended this due to my age (49).

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    Jill H
  • Fair price charged for this product, particularly in these times where its almost impossible to see a doctor.

    Zoe
09 Sep

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It's a pill and arrived safely.

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I haven't start to use but I have got on time delivery.

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