Cerazette

Cerazette

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  • Progestogen only
  • Effective contraception

Cerazette

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Cerazette is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy that only contains progestogen. This type of pill is known as the “mini-pill” and is suitable for women who are breastfeeding and those who don’t tolerate oestrogen.

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  • Overview

    What is Cerazette?

    Cerazette is a progestogen only pill (POP). Cerazette contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen called desogestrel.

    The majority of POPs work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from entering the womb but don’t always prevent the egg from ripening, which is the main way that combined pills work. In this case however, Cerazette is different from the majority of POPs. In most cases the dose prevents the egg cell from ripening, resulting in a highly effective contraceptive.

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  • Contraceptive Pill Cerazette Effectiveness

    The majority of the time Cerazette is 92% effective, which is a pregnancy rate of eight people per 100 every year.

    The Cerazette effectiveness can decrease however if any of the following happen to occur:

    Vomiting within the first two hours of taking the Cerazette Pill. This means it’s more than likely the pill hasn’t been fully absorbed into your bloodstream and will not be as effective/not working at all. If a person does vomit after taking the Cerazette pill, it is advised to take another pill as soon as they feel well enough to do so.

    Diarrhoea can also have an effect on the absorption of Cerazette into the bloodstream. It’s advised that the use of extra contraception, such as condoms, are used until the stomach upset has run its course.

    If Cerazette is taken perfectly, i.e. no pills are forgotten, no illness etc. then it can be more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

    For more information about progestogen only pills, click here

  • How to take Cerazette?

    Each strip of Cerazette contains 28 tablets – 4 weeks supply.

    Take your tablet each day at about the same time. Swallow the tablet whole, with

    water.

    Cerazette is the same as other mini-pills that contain desogestrel 75 micrograms; these include Cerelle.

  • FAQ

    • Are All Daily Oral Contraceptives The Same?

      No, not all oral contaceptives are the same. There are many different types of oral contraception and each one differs slightly. Your oral contraception should be taken as directed by your prescriber. If you miss doses and do not take your pill as it has been prescribed it will not be as effective and may not work. 

    • What Types of 'The Pill' Are Available?

      There are two main types of oral contraception: The combined pill (CoC), which containes two hormones, progestin and oestrogen and the progesterone only pill (PoP), often referred to as the mini pill, contains only one hormone, progesterone. Both types of oral contraception the CoC and PoP are 99% effective if taken as prescribed meaning your chances of becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex are very low. Although you are unlikley to become pregnant, you are still likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection if you are regularly having unprotected sex with different partners. 

    • What is "The Pill"?

      Contraceptive pills are often referred to as "The Pill". Contraceptive pills consist of synthetic hormones (hormones that mimic the ones made in your body). They are composed of a synthetic type of oestrogen and progesterone. The Combined Oral Contraceptive (CoC) containes both of these hormones and the Progeterone Only Pill (PoP) (The Mini-Pill) only contains one of these hormones (progestin).

    • If I Vomit or Have Diarrhoea After Taking The Pill, What Do I Do?

      If you have severe diarrhoea or vomit 3-4 hours after taking your pill, the chances of you being protected from getting pregnant are less likely. If this does happen to you, you should take another pill within 12 hours of your episode. If you are taking the inactive pill when this happens then you do not have to take another pill to compensate.

    • How Reliable is Oral Contraception?

      If your dose is taken as prescribed and then the pill is one of the most reliable forms of contraception when it comes to protecting you against pregnancy. The pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies if taken appropriately, however it does not protect against STI's meaning if you are having sex with different partners, barrier contraception should still be used.

    • How Hard is it to Remember to Take Oral Contraception?

      If you manage to adopt a regular routine of taking your pill as soon as you get up, you are less likely to forget. If you do find that you are more likely to forget then it is best to set reminders on your phone. Alternatively there are many apps avaialbe for android and iOS such as myPill that can help you to remember to take your pill. 

    • Do I Have to Take My Pill at The Same Time Everyday?

      Routine is imperative when you start taking oral contraception. The time of day you take the pill does not matter, however if you should pick to take it in the morning, afternoon or night time- whatever time you decide to choose you must be consistent with it and continue to take it during this period of time every day. 

    • Can I Still Have Sex During The 4 or 7-Day Break?

      It is safe to have sex during the the break if you have been taking your pill properly as prescribed. If you are having regular unprotected sex during this time you should be vigilant to start your next pack or strip on time and to make sure you are taking your pill properly. 

    • I Have Not Had My Period And I Have Been Taking My Pill as Prescribed, am I Pregnant?

      It is important to understand that if you have been taking your pill on time everyday as directed by your prescriber then the chances of you being pregnant are extremely low. If you are not getting your period whilst taking the pill then there is a chance that the lining of the womb has not formed enough for it to be released, if you continue to not see any bleeding or have a period for 2 months or more than you should contact your prescriber for investigation. 

  • Side Effects

    Like with all medicine, Cerazette Side Effects can occur but these aren’t experienced by everyone. If you experience any of these Cerazette side effects, especially if any of them are getting progressively worse, immediately stop and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

    Below is a list of Cerazette Side Effects experienced more, or less when people have taken the contraceptive pill Cerazette.

     Common

    • Irregular or no periods
    • Acne
    • Headache
    • Mood changes, depressed mood
    • Decreased sexual drive
    • Nausea
    • Breast pain
    • Weight increase

    Uncommon

    • Ovarian cysts
    • Hair loss
    • Difficulties in wearing contact lenses
    • Infection of the vagina
    • Vomiting
    • Painful periods
    • Tiredness

    Rare

    • Skin conditions such as: rash, hives, painful blur/red skin lumps

    Apart from these above Cerazette side effects breast secretion or leakage may occur.

    You should immediately see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, swollen tongue, face or pharynx, difficulty swallowing or hives and difficulty breathing.

  • Directions

    Cerazette Missed Pill
    If you missed Cerazette Missed Pill or have forgotten to take it, you should follow the advice below:

    • If it’s more than 12 hours late and you have had sex it is safe to use emergency contraception. Please consult with your pharmacist or doctor.
    • You may not be entirely protected from pregnancy. The more tablets you have missed the higher the risk that you might fall pregnant.
    • If it’s less than 12 hours late, take the Cerazette missed pill as soon as your remember and take the next at the usual time. Contraceptive pill Cerazette will still protect you from pregnancy.
    •  If it’s more than 12 hours late:
    • Again, take the tablet as soon as you remember and take the next at the usual time. This could mean taking two in one day. This is not harmful. Continue to take the tablets normally but extra methods of contraception should be used, such as a condom, for the next seven days.
    • If you missed one or more tablets in the very first week of starting the tablet and had intercourse in the week before missing the tablets, you may still fall pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice.

    Cerazette Weight Gain
    Whilst Cerazette Weight Gain is not caused on its own, Cerazette does increase a person’s appetite and in some cases also reduces it. If you become aware of Cerazette Weight Gain and an increase in appetite, you can start planning and changing your eating habits to help reduce the probability of putting on unwanted weight.

    If you find that Cerazette Weight Gain is too much to handle or you don’t know how to circumvent it, finding an alternate birth control option should be your first priority.

    Cerazette Acne
    Cerazette Acne is caused by Cerazette being a POP (Progesterone only pill). This tends to make the skin oilier and can sometimes further aggravate acne in women who are already prone to spots.

    However, on the other hand, combined contraceptive pills such as Yasmin and Dianette, can improve skin for acne sufferers. This is caused by the combination of oestrogen and progesterone, which effectively stabilises breakouts by alleviating hormone levels and reducing androgen activity.

    Cerazette Bleeding
    Cerazette Bleeding may occur at irregular intervals whilst taking it. This can range from slight stains that may not require a pad, or heavier bleeds, which look rather like a small period. This may need the use of tampons or sanitary towels. You may also not have any Cerazette Bleeding at all.

    Irregular Cerazette Bleeding is not a sign that it isn’t working. Generally no action will be needed and you can continue taking Cerazette normally. If the bleeding increases or becomes heavier you should consult with your doctor.

    Cerelle vs Cerazette – Difference Between Cerelle and Cerazette
    There is no difference between Cerelle and Cerazette. They both have the same ingredients and should only differ in cost. However even though the difference between Cerelle and Cerazette is just the name, some people report that one or the other has achieved better results for them.

    Some people complain of migraines and once switched to the opposite pill they clear up.

    Desogestrel Cerazette
    Desogestrel Cerazette, Desogestrel is the generic tablet whilst others have branded names. For a time these brands where cheaper than the generic version, however over time the price of Generic Desogestrel Cerazette has fallen below and is now the cheapest option to prescribe.

    How does Cerazette work?

    This mini pill works to prevent pregnancy in three different ways:

    1) Desogestrel works mainly by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).

    2) Increases the thickness of the natural mucus at the neck of the womb, making it more difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb,

    3) thinning of the womb lining (endometrium), making it more difficult for any successfully fertilised eggs to implant there.