Cerazette Mini Pill

Prevent pregnancy with Cerazette, an oestrogen-free mini pill.

Pack of 84 Cerazette 75µg desogestrel film-coated tablets
Packaged blister packet of 75mg Cerazette pills
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Frequently asked questions

Is Cerazette the same as Cerelle?

Cerelle is not the same as Cerazette, but they are similar. Both Cerazette and Cerelle are mini pills with a 12-hour window to take them, but they are different medications.

Can you get Cerazette on the NHS?

Yes. You can get Cerazette on the NHS. You need a prescription from a doctor to do so.

Can you get Cerazette over the counter?

No, you cannot get Cerazette over the counter. You need a prescription from a doctor to get Cerazette.

Is Cerazette good for acne?

Generally, no. Although it varies from person to person, the best pill for acne is the combined pill, not a mini pill like Cerazette. Taking mini pills like Cerazette can increase the production of sebum, an oily substance that protects the skin and can clog up pores to create an outbreak of spots.

Does Cerazette affect my weight?

Despite many women reporting that they have gained weight from being on the contraceptive pill, there is no scientific evidence that Cerazette causes long-term changes to your weight.

Can Cerazette cause anxiety?

Some women feel that taking Cerazette increases their anxiety. The medical research into this area has not proven this. As oestrogen and progesterone both affect your emotions, it is possible that changing the level of progesterone in your body could impact your mental health.

Is Cerazette good for PCOS side effects?

Taking Cerazette can help with the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as regulating your hormones can make your periods more regular and less heavy.

Doctors often recommend the combined pill first to help with PCOS side effects but if you get side effects from taking oestrogen or there are reasons that you should not take oestrogen, then a mini pill such as Cerazette can be a good option for helping with PCOS symptoms.

Will I get my period while taking Cerazette?

Whether you bleed or not while taking Cerazette varies, but there is no monthly period as you do not have a break between packets of pills. Some women do not bleed at all, whereas others experience irregular bleeding while taking Cerazette. If the irregular bleeding is impacting your life, talk to your doctor.

How to stop bleeding on Cerazette pills?

You may have some breakthrough bleeding or spotting when taking Cerazette. Once your body has adjusted to the new hormone levels, this usually stops within 3-6 months. If the bleeding doesn’t go away, speak to your doctor for advice on what to do.

Can Cerazette cause hair loss?

The side effects of Cerazette do not include permanent hair loss. However, hormonal changes can sometimes cause hair loss. As Cerazette changes the hormones in your body, hair loss can be a temporary side effect while your body adjusts to taking it.

Can Cerazette cause migraines?

One of the possible common side effects of taking Cerazette is headaches, but Cerazette does not typically cause migraines.

If you suffer from migraines linked to your hormones, taking Cerazette can help, as the daily dose of progesterone without a break can regulate hormones.

Does Cerazette give you a low libido?

Whether or not Cerazette gives you a low libido varies from person to person. Many people do find that progesterone lowers their sex drive, but other people find that it increases it.

Does Cerazette increase your risk of blood clots (thrombosis)?

No, Cerazette is a mini pill containing only progesterone, so it does not increase your risk of blood clots. You may have heard that taking the contraceptive pill increases your risk of developing a blood clot, but this risk is from the oestrogen in the combined pill.

Can I take Cerazette when I'm breastfeeding?

Yes, it is safe to take Cerazette when you are breastfeeding. Studies found that a small amount of the active substance in Cerazette was in the breast milk of mothers taking it, but this did not impact the baby’s development. Talk to your doctor before you start taking Cerazette to be sure you are using the right hormonal contraception.

Can the Cerazette contraceptive pill make you infertile?

No, taking Cerazette cannot make you infertile. A medical review from 2018 found that hormonal contraceptives do not cause infertility. They may temporarily delay fertility, but your normal fertility levels will return when you stop taking them, usually within a few months.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Accreditations: BSc, MBBS, MRCGP (2008)

Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.

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Last reviewed: 23 Aug 2023

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