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Cerelle is a type of hormonal contraceptive pill sometimes called the mini pill or progestogen-only pill (POP). To place your order, fill in our brief questionnaire. Our GP will review your request and issue your prescription, provided Cerelle is suitable for you.
If you need emergency contraception, you can order the morning after pill here.
What is the difference between Cerelle and Cerazette?
Nothing at all. Both contraceptive pills contain exactly the same active ingredients and in the same quantities. They have different names because they are made by different manufacturers.
How to take Cerelle
Take one pill every day, with a glass of water. It doesn’t matter if you take it with or without food. You need to take Cerelle continuously, so don’t have a pill free week.
Cerelle tablets need to be taken at the same time every day. If you forget to take the pill and are more than 12 hours late, you’ll need to use another method of contraception along with your pill because you won’t be protected against getting pregnant if you have sex. Carry on taking your pills as usual, at your normal time.
Side effects of Cerelle
All medicines can potentially have side effects, although these don’t affect everyone. Some of the commonly reported side effects of Cerelle (affecting between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 women) include:
- irregular bleeding
- no bleeding at all
- changes in mood, including depression
- a decreased sex drive
- feeling sick
- breast tenderness
- weight gain
If you do become pregnant while using this pill, you might be at a greater risk of the pregnancy occurring outside the womb (ectopic pregnancy). if you experience any sudden or unusual abdominal pain while you’re taking Cerelle, see your doctor, especially if you’ve also had no bleeding, shorter or lighter than normal bleeding.
Cerelle is a progestogen-only pill (POP) which contains a small amount of the synthetic sex hormone desogestrel. Unlike combined contraceptive pills, Cerelle doesn’t contain any oestrogen type hormones.
Cerelle prevents you from getting pregnant by increasing the thickness of the mucus at the neck of your womb (cervix) which makes it harder for the sperm to get through and by reducing thickness and quality of your womb lining to prevent any fertilised eggs from implanting. In contrast to traditional progestogen-only pills, the contraceptive effect of Cerelle is achieved primarily by inhibition of ovulation.
Cerelle is mainly used by women who are sexually active but do not want to become pregnant.
If you’ve ever experienced any of the following, you shouldn’t take Cerelle.
- any unexplained or unusual vaginal bleeding
- breast cancer or a history of breast cancer (in the past five years)
- a type of hereditary blood disorder called acute porphyria
- Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients
- active venous thromboembolic disorder.
- presence or history of severe hepatic disease as long as liver function values have not returned to normal.
- known or suspected sex-steroid sensitive malignancies.
Because Cerelle tablets also contain lactose, if you have a history of any type of lactose intolerance you will need to ask your doctor’s advice before taking them.
You shouldn’t take Cerelle tablets if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.
There are other conditions which might mean that you’ll need to be cautious if you take Cerelle. For the full list of potential conditions, see the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine, or speak to your doctor. You may still be able to take Cerelle, but have more regular check ups.
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Cerelle isn’t designed to be taken while you’re pregnant, although there’s no evidence to say that if you take it while you are pregnant it could harm your baby. If you think you might have fallen pregnant while taking Cerelle, stop taking it and see your doctor.
Cerelle doesn’t affect the production of breast milk, and there’s no evidence to suggest that taking it while you’re breastfeeding can harm your baby.
It’s taken by women who are sexually active but don’t want to get pregnant. Cerelle may be suitable for women who can’t take the combined pill because of problems tolerating synthetic oestrogens.
Women over the age of 35 and who smoke, have high blood pressure, have had previous blood clots or are overweight can also take this type of pill, in situations where doctors may not want to prescribe a combined contraceptive pill.
Cerelle and other POPs can sometimes cause irregular periods. They can also cause you to miss periods although this usually settles down after a while. Your periods may also stop or become lighter.
If your periods don’t settle down after a few months, speak to your doctor. It’s unlikely that you’re pregnant if you’ve taken your pill properly, but you might want to take a pregnancy test too.
For a full list of reported side effects, see the patient information leaflet that comes with your pills. If you experience any side effects that you think might be related to taking Cerelle, even if they aren’t mentioned in the leaflet, tell your doctor. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellowcard website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
If you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember. It’s OK to take two pills on the same day if you have to.
If you’re less than 12 hours late taking your pill, you should still be protected against getting pregnant so carry on with your pills as usual. There’s no need to use any other form of contraception.
If you’re more 12 hours late taking the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy so you’ll need to use extra contraception if you have sex. If you miss or are late taking more than one pill, you’ll also need to use another type of contraception for two days.
If you are sick within two hours of taking a pill, take another pill as soon as you can keep it down. As long as you’re not 12 hours late taking the replacement pill you’ll still be protected against pregnancy.
If you keep being sick, your pill might not work so well, and so you’ll need to use extra contraception during the stomach upset and for another two days afterwards.
Severe diarrhoea can also affect the absorption of Cerelle so use extra contraception during the stomach upset and for two days after it’s cleared up. Take your pill as you normally would.
When to start
It’s best to start taking Cerelle on the first day of your period. This means you’ll be protected from pregnancy straight away.
You can also start taking Cerelle up to day five without needing to use any extra contraception (like a condom) but if you have a shorter cycle, having a period every 23 days or less, you’ll probably need to use extra contraception for the first two days. If you’re not sure, speak to your doctor.
If you know that you’re not pregnant, you can start taking Cerelle at any time in your cycle, although you’ll also need to use another type of contraception for the first two days.
If you’ve just had a baby you should start taking Cerelle on day 21 after giving birth to be fully protected from the first day of taking it. There’s no need to start taking it any earlier. If you start taking it more than 21 days after having your baby, you’ll need to use extra contraception for the first two days you take the pill, if you intend to have sex.
If you are starting this pill straight after a miscarriage or abortion at earlier than 24 weeks, you will be protected straight away. If you leave it for more than five days you’ll also need to use extra contraception for the first two days to avoid getting pregnant.
Active ingredients: desogestrel 75 microgram
- Lactose monohydrate
- Potato starch
- Povidone K-30
- Silica colloidal anhydrous
- Stearic acid
- Poly[vinyl alcohol]
- Titanium dioxide (E171)
- Macrogol 3000
Always take your pill exactly as your doctor tells you. If you’re not sure about anything, ask your healthcare professional for advice.
Each strip contains 28 tablets. There are arrows and the days of the week printed on the front of every strip as a reminder.
Swallow each pill whole. You may find it easier to remember to take it first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
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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