Cerazette is a progestogen-only oral contraceptive, more commonly known as the 'mini-pill'. In clinical trials this contraceptive proved to be more than 99% effective and it’s active ingredient, desogestrel, was able to prevent ovulation in the majority of women who used it, which isn’t always the case with the mini-pill. It also offers more flexibility, as it can be taken up to 12 hours later than usual, compared to the three hour window period of other versions.
Cerazette is an orally taken contraceptive pill under the category of 'mini pill'. Being a mini pill, it only contains a synthetic version of progestogen, meaning it is a fantastic alternative for women who are sensitive to oestrogen. It can also be used by women under 35, smoke or experience side effects with combined pill options.
The main benefit of Cerazette is to protect against pregnancy in which it is 99% effective at doing so, however there are a few other advantages including easing menstrual cramping, reducing a heavy flow and regulating your time of the month.
Taken over the full 28 days of your cycle, this makes it easier to remember, but Cerazette is also a 12-hour mini pill in comparison to a three-hour mini pill meaning you have within 12 hours to take it if you have forgotten, giving you more room for error.
The mini pill works in a number of ways to prevent pregnancy and Cerazette is no exception. Firstly, it prevents ovulation by tricking your body into thinking this has already occurred; therefore your ovaries don't release an egg. In the unlikely event that an egg is produced, the progestogen hormone also thins the womb lining, making it extremely difficult for the egg to attach itself, and lastly thickens cervical fluid so the sperm can't reach the egg. This method is so effective at preventing pregnancy by around 99%.
Each blister pack of Cerazette contains 28 tablets to be taken every day of your menstrual cycle. It's important to remember to take each pill at around the same time for maximum effectiveness.
When buying Cerazette for the first time, if you start the course on the first day of your period, you will immediately protected. If taken on any other day, you will need to use additional protection for up to seven days. Like all oral contraception, Cerazette will not be able to protect you against sexually transmitted infections so if you aren't 100% sure on the health of your sexual partner, either refrain from sexual intercourse or use a condom to help prevent a wide range of STIs.
Please note that missing more than one pill can reduce the effectiveness. For more information on what to do if you miss a Cerazette pill, refer to our mini pill information page.
There is just one dosage of Cerazette you can buy in the UK that has been clinically proven to be highly effective whilst posing minimal risk to your health. This dosage is 75mcg of the synthetic progestogen desogestrel.
Cerazette is a highly tolerable pill as it only contains a synthetic progestogen and no oestrogen. This makes Cerazette suitable for the vast majority of women including smokers, those over 35, those that experience headaches or migraines and women who are sensitive to oestrogen. For a small minority of women, they may experience side effects, however these tend to be temporary and/or mild. Side effects include headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, spotting, mood changes and low libido.
Precautions to consider before buying Cerazette include any allergies you may have with any of the ingredients. You should also disclose in your consultation if you have or have had:
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