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  • Doesn't contain oestrogen
  • Protects against pregnancy
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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.

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  • Overview

    What is Cerelle?

    Cerelle is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy, called the mini-pill or progestogen-only pill. It only contains one hormone desogestrel which is the synthetic version of progestogen. It does not contain oestrogen and is suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen or for those that smoke or are over 35 years old.

    Cerelle is 99% effective with additional benefits, including easing of the cramping due to menstruation, reduction of the heavy menstrual flow and regulation of the menstrual cycle.

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  • How does Cerelle work?

    This mini pill works to prevent pregnancy in three different ways

    1) Cerelle 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.

  • How to take Cerelle?

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

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


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

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    Taken by most women, including breastfeeding mothers, heavy smokers and those with high blood pressure, migraine or a risk of blood clots.

    Cerelle is 99% effective when taken correctly, but missing pills, vomiting, diarrhoea and taking certain other medicines can make it less effective. See below.

    One Cerelle tablet should be taken every day, at the same time each day. With this type of pill you don’t have a break between packs.

    If you’re more than 12 hours late taking a pill you won’t be protected against pregnancy and you’ll need to use condoms for the next two days. See below.

    Cerelle won’t protect you against sexually transmitted infections; you’ll still need to use condoms for that.

  • Warnings

    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?