Cerazette is a contraceptive pill you can take daily to prevent pregnancy.
Each Cerazette pill contains desogestrel, a man made version of the hormone progesterone, and no oestrogen. This makes Cerazette an ideal option if you get side effects from contraceptives that contain oestrogen, such as the combined pill.
You only need to take one Cerazette pill each day to protect yourself against pregnancy. Unlike other mini pills, you can take Cerazette within a 12 hour window and it will still be effective.
You can request Cerazette through ZAVA by filling out a questionnaire online. A doctor will review your questionnaire and if Cerazette is right for you, we’ll deliver it the next day for free. Our service is safe, secure and confidential.
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Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill, also known as the mini pill. By taking it daily, you can prevent yourself from getting pregnant because it stops the eggs in your ovaries from being released.
Each Cerazette pill contains 75 micrograms of the hormone desogestrel (a type of progestogen). Because Cerazette only contains progestogen, it’s a good alternative to pills that contain oestrogen or if you cannot take oestrogen.
Taking Cerazette does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so you’ll need to wear a condom to protect yourself against them.
You should take one Cerazette pill a day at around the same time each day.
You can start Cerazette at any point in your cycle. If you start during the first 5 days of your period, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start on any other day of your cycle, you need to take Cerazette for 2 days in a row before it starts to work.
To make it easier to remember to take your pill, you should take Cerazette in the order shown on the back of each pack, and follow the days of the week in order.
Once you finish your Cerazette strip, you should start a new strip the next day without having a pill-free break. This is unlike combined oral contraceptives.
If you vomit or have diarrhoea within the first 4 hours of taking your pill, you should take another Cerazette pill as it may not have been absorbed into your body.
If you miss a pill, and you’re less than 12 hours late to take it, take your missed pill as soon as you remember and take the next pill at your usual time.
If you’re more than 12 hours late, take your missed Cerazette pill as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your usual time, even if that means taking 2 pills at the same time. You’ll need to use extra contraception, like condoms, for the next 2 days to be protected against pregnancy.
Speak to a doctor about getting emergency contraception if you have unprotected sex and forget to take your pill for more than 12 hours.
Cerazette works by releasing the hormone desogestrel into your body. Desogestrel is similar to the natural hormone, progesterone, that you produce.
When you take Cerazette daily it stops you from getting pregnant by:
- preventing ovulation (when an egg is released from your ovaries)
- thickening the lining of your womb, making it harder for sperm to get to your uterus
If you take Cerazette as recommended without missing any pills, it is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
If you forget to take your pill or do not take it at the same time each day, it can make Cerazette less effective. This means you’re more likely to get pregnant if you have unprotected sex.
You may experience some side effects when you start taking Cerazette, and common side effects include:
- weight changes
- mood changes
- lower sex drive
- breast pain
- irregular or no periods
Uncommon side effects of Cerazette include:
- problems wearing contact lenses
- vaginal infections, such as thrush
- painful periods
- ovarian cysts
Speak to your doctor about changing birth control methods if you get any side effects that are affecting your daily life.
You can learn more about the possible side effects of Cerazette in the patient information leaflet.
You can take Cerazette if you currently have regular periods or cannot take oestrogen found in combined contraceptive pills.
If you’re over 35 years old and smoke, Cerazette may be an option for you to prevent pregnancy.
You should not take Cerazette if you have:
- any allergies to desogestrel, lactose or any other ingredients in Cerazette
- liver disease
- a high chance of thrombosis (blood clots)
- breast cancer
- unexplained vaginal bleeding
If you’re breastfeeding, you can take Cerazette as it will not affect your breast milk. But you should not take Cerazette if you are pregnant.
If you’re unsure, fill out a form online with ZAVA and one of our doctors can check if Cerazette is right for you.
Cerazette can interact with other medications and affect how well they work.
Before you take Cerazette, you should let your doctor know if you’re on medications for:
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
- angina, such as diltiazem
- fungal infections
- hepatitis C or HIV
- low mood, such as St John’s Wort
Taking these medications with your Cerazette pill might make it less effective, so you will not be protected from getting pregnant.
- other 12-hour mini pills, such as Cerelle
- 3-hour mini pills, such as Noriday
- combined pills, such as Lucette
- phasic combined pills, such as TriRegol
There are also other types of contraception, such as:
- copper IUD (intrauterine device)
- hormonal IUD
- vaginal ring
- barrier methods (condoms, female condoms, contraceptive diaphragm)
Contraceptive pills are a reliable way of reducing your risk of getting pregnant from sex. ZAVA offers most common brands of pill, so you can order your preferred brand by visiting our contraceptive pill service page.
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