Cerelle Contraceptive Pill
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Cerelle 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.
- Doesn't contain oestrogen
- Protects against pregnancy
- Easy to use
What is Cerelle?
Cerelle is a contraceptive pill that is used to prevent pregnancy. Cerelle is commonly known as the “mini-pill”. It is a progesterone-only pill containing the synthetic hormone desogestrel. This hormone prevents pregnancy by stopping the female body from ovulating. This makes it harder for sperm to reach the egg.
Cerelle has proven to be an excellent contraceptive pill for women. It is particularly useful for women who cannot use products containing oestrogen. It is also suitable for women who are currently breastfeeding and looking for a reliable oral contraceptive.
How Does Cerelle Work?
Desogestrel is the active ingredient in the Cerelle pill. Cerelle is the brand name for the active ingredient. One Cerelle pill contains 75 micrograms of desogestrel. Desogestrel is a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone.
This active ingredient works in two ways to prevent pregnancy for women. Firstly, it thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. Secondly, it stops eggs from being released. Therefore, ovulation stops altogether.
Experiencing Your Period On Cerelle
Most women who take the Cerelle pill will experience a significant change in their periods. When first taking the Cerelle pill, you may notice that irregular bleeding will occur within the first few months. However, this should eventually subside. If it doesn’t, you should consult with your local GP.
During the entire time taking the Cerelle pill, it is not uncommon for some women to experience no monthly period.
You can still experience irregular bleeding or spotting after the first few months of taking Cerelle. Although this is not uncommon, it can spark feelings of worry and anxiety in some women. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist, as they will be able to advise what the best course of action is for you moving forward.
Cerelle and Weight Gain
A commonly reported side effect of all contraceptive pills, including Cerelle, is weight gain. However, it is important to note that there is very little evidence to support this claim with the Cerelle pill.
If you are taking the Cerelle pill and have concerns regarding your weight, then it is advised that you book an appointment with your doctor. If you feel like the contraceptive pill that you are on is not right for you, then there are plenty of other options for you to try.
Cerelle and Pregnancy
Cerelle or any other oral contraceptive should not be taken whilst you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. If you’ve fallen pregnant whilst taking Cerelle or think you may have taken Cerelle during your pregnancy, stop taking it and speak to your doctor.
Cerelle vs Cerazette
Cerazette is another form of contraceptive. Cerazette and Cerelle are similar in many ways. They both have the same active ingredient – desogestrel. You will tend to find that the list of symptoms relating to both contraceptive pills is also exactly the same. Some also call Cerazette a “mini-pill” like the Cerelle pill.
The only real difference between these two forms of contraception is the cost. Cerazette is generally more expensive than Cerelle.
You won't have to travel far online to find an extensive list of positive reviews on the Cerelle pill. Generally, it is highly praised for its effectiveness, and most women who have a good experience with the pill enjoy the fact that their periods have stopped altogether.
Cerelle is also praised by some women who suffer from endometriosis. This is because their periods have come to a halt which helps to improve any pelvic pain experienced from the condition.
However, all forms of contraceptives are subject to side effects, and it's about finding the right one for you. If you have any concerns regarding the form of contraception you are on, then it is advised that you make an appointment with your local GP.
Can You Buy Cerelle Over the Counter in the UK?
Cerelle cannot be bought over the counter in the UK. It is a prescription-only medication. Your doctor will typically ask you a few questions to help them decide whether Cerelle is the right form of contraception for you.
Cloud Pharmacy, a certified online pharmacy, makes the process of buying Cerelle online simple. Following a short online consultation, one of our trained pharmacists will prescribe and dispatch your prescription which you will receive the very next day.
Cerelle can be taken by most women, including women who can’t take oestrogen-containing contraceptives. However, it may not be suitable for women with:
Abnormal vaginal bleeding that hasn’t been investigated by a doctor.
Breast cancer or a history of breast cancer. (But, your doctor may say you can take Cerazette if you have been free of cancer for five years and you don’t want to use non-hormonal methods of contraception.)
Liver cancer or severe liver cirrhosis.
Serious arterial disease, eg that has caused a stroke, angina or heart attack.
Rare metabolic disorders called acute porphyrias.
Read the leaflet that comes with your pills, or talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you want any more information about the possible side effects of Cerelle. If you think you’ve experienced a side effect, did you know you can report this using the yellow card website?
How to Take Cerelle
Before taking Cerelle you should decide what time of the day you would like to take it. You will then take one Cerelle pill a day at the same time. Your pill can be taken with or without food. Some people struggle to swallow pills whole, so taking them with food can make it easier.
Once you finish one pack of your Cerelle pill, you should move straight on to a new pack. Do not take a break in between. You should be taking one Cerelle pill every day, including when you are on your period.
Cerelle Missed Pill: What To Do?
You should always try and take your pill at the same time each day. If you are late one day, then take it as soon as possible. If you are less than 12 hours late taking your next pill, you are still covered and do not need to use extra contraception. However, if you are more than 12 hours late, you will not be protected against pregnancy.
For the next two days, as you continue to take Cerelle as normal, you should either avoid having sexual intercourse or use a condom. If you do have unprotected sex during this time then you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice about taking the morning-after pill.
For more information on the morning after pill, see our list of resources below:
How Long Does Cerelle Take To Work
How long your Cerelle pill takes to work will depend on when you start to take it. If you start taking Cerelle between days one to five of your period, then you will be protected from pregnancy immediately. However, if you start taking it after day five, then you will not be protected, and you will need to wait 48 hours for it to work.
Cerelle Side Effects
As with all contraceptive pills, there are some common side effects you should be aware of before using Cerelle. A lot of women report experiencing no side effects at all. However, some do report irregular bleeding during the first three months of taking the pill.
Below are some of the most common side effects related to the Cerelle pill:
If you are concerned about any potential Cerelle side effects experienced, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Patient Information Leaflet
Cerelle Patient Information Leaflet
For more information on the Cerelle contraceptive pill, take a look at the patient information leaflet below:
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.
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