- Doesn't contain oestrogen
- Protects against pregnancy
- Easy to use
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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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.
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.
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?