Zelleta (Desogestrel)

Zelleta pill: Mini pill with 75 micrograms of desogestrel per tablet

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Frequently asked questions

Is Zelleta a mini pill?

Yes, Zelleta is a mini pill. Unlike combined pills this type of pill only contains a progesterone (desogestrel) and no oestrogen. That makes it a good option for people who can’t or don’t want to take oestrogens.

Is desogestrel the same as Zelleta?

No, not quite. Desogestrel is not the same thing as Zelleta. Rather, it is an active ingredient that is used in contraceptive pills such as Zelleta. It is contained in other pills as well, for example in Cerazette and Cerelle.

Does the Zelleta pill stop periods?

Mini pills like Zelleta can cause periods to stop for some people. Others report that their bleeding becomes lighter, more frequent or irregular.

Does Zelleta cause weight gain?

It can do since weight gain is one of the common side effects of Zelleta. However, that does not mean that it will happen for everyone. The weight gain you can experience on Zelleta may be temporary.

Can I get Zelleta over-the-counter?

No, it is not possible to get Zelleta over-the-counter. It is a prescription-only medication. In order to be able to get it, a doctor needs to check if Zelleta is suitable and then prescribe it for you.

Can Zelleta cause depression?

Yes, as a side effect Zelleta can cause depression and changes to your mood. If you notice any signs of depression, for example feeling sad, increased fatigue or losing interest in activities you previously enjoyed, you should speak to a doctor.

Does Zelleta work straight away?

Yes it can, if you are able to follow the guidelines on starting or switching to Zelleta, it protects against pregnancy right away. If you can’t follow the guidelines and you start taking Zelleta at a different time than recommended, you should use additional protection like condoms for the next 2 days.

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: 27 Sep 2023

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