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Cilest is a highly effective oral contraceptive pill that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy . Cilique is the generic version of Cilest and both of these combined contraceptives provide you with immediate protection when taken on the first day of your period, which makes it one of the most convenient methods of contraception available. It may also help alleviate pain and discomfort for women who often have heavy and painful periods.
Cilest allows you to enjoy sex with your partner without either of you having to worry about taking additional measures to prevent pregnancy (although it is recommended to also use a barrier contraceptive to prevent the risk of sexually transmitted infections). Apart from its primary benefit, it provides other additional benefits such as:
Cilique is equivalent to Cilest and works in the exact same way. Cilest pills contain two active ingredients, norgestimate and ethinylestradiol, these are two synthetic versions of the naturally occurring oestrogen and progesterone hormones in the body. These work together to 'convince' the body that ovulation has already taken place, due to this, no egg is released for fertilisation. Other modes of action this combined contraceptive uses to ensure a high level of protection includes:
For immediate protection, you should start taking your first Cilest pill on the very first day of your period. You can find out more details about using this combined contraceptive in the attached patient information leaflet or by consulting with your doctor.
If you happen to forget to take your pill, or more than one pill, in one blister pack at the usual time, follow the below protocol:
Use our interactive tool below on what to do if you miss one or multiple pills in one month (menstrual cycle). Simply click to begin.
*Vomiting and diarrhoea experienced within four hours of taking the pill is also classed as a missed pill.
*There are more than seven pills left in the pack. Continue to finish the pack, overlapping the seven-day break. Take your seven-day break and start your new pack as usual.
*There are fewer than seven pills left in the pack. Continue to finish the pack, overlapping the seven-day break. Start the new pack immediately after the old one is finished (missing out the seven-day break completely).
*If you have missed contraceptive pills in the first one to nine 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.
For more information about what to do if you've missed your dosage for a significant period, it's always best to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Cilest comes in just one dosage suitable for most women looking to prevent unwanted pregnancy, or for any other additional benefits linked with combined contraception.
The two active ingredients are norgestimate (progesterone) and ethinylestradiol (oestrogen). The quantity is 0.25mg and 35mcg respectively.
As it is a prescription treatment, there is a small chance of developing certain side effects when using Cilest, these side effects will be the same when using the generic version Cilique. Side effects usually tend to be very mild and will pass completely if you stop using the treatment. The most common effects include:
Less common side effects include:
Some women also report weight gain when taking Cilest although this is also unlikely. If you do find that you experience side effects, you might be advised to use a different contraceptive pill, with a different dosage of norgestimate and ethinylestradiol. You should mention any side effects you have experienced previously while taking the pill during your consultation, to help our doctor recommend a daily contraceptive that may be more suitable for you.
Cilest can be ordered online by women above the age of 18, who are seeking a daily contraception solution, and who aren't already pregnant or breastfeeding. You would not be advised to take this birth control pill if you have had problems with your circulation, heart, liver or problems with hypertension. Make sure to mention any past or present health conditions or medications you are taking in your consultation.
If you would like more information about the side effects, precautions or interactions associated with Cilest, please be sure to read the helpful patient leaflet, which is available for download towards the bottom of this page.
You can order Cilest 3 or 6 month blister pill packs here after you complete a free online consultation with HealthExpress. This is completely confidential, and provides our doctors with enough information to help them assess whether this treatment is the most suitable for you to use. Once your consultation is approved, your medication will be readied and prepared for dispatch and express overnight delivery.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly Customer Service team.