Desogestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Cimizt®

Cimizt

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Desogestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Cimizt ®

Cimizt is a combined pill. It’s super-effective at preventing pregnancy (over 99%).

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Protection against getting pregnant, with minimal faff. That’s what you get with combined pills like Cimizt. It’s a once daily pill you take for 21 days on, seven days off, 21 days on – you get the picture.

You know what makes contraception even less faffy? Getting it delivered to your door, on subscription from a UK pharmacy. Or, a quicker way of saying that: getting it from EveAdam.

Take a consultation to see what our prescriber thinks is the best pill for you. Then choose from the suggestions and set your schedule. You’ll get your first delivery in one working day, and follow-up deliveries when you need them.

What is the Cimizt pill?

A combined pill packing two hormones that help to stop you getting pregnant. They do this by fooling the body into thinking it’s already ovulated, so it doesn’t ovulate. These hormones also change the texture of the uterine wall, so any stray fertilised eggs can’t catch on there and develop. They also alter the consistency of the mucus that’s released in the cervix so sperm can’t shoot through.

So two hormones, doing three jobs.

Some women also take combined pills like Cimizt for acne, as a kind of secondary reason (in addition to preventing pregnancy).

How effective is Cimizt?

Over 99%. We know, over 99% should technically be 100%. But it’s only ‘over 99%’ because it’s somewhere between 99 and 100. This means that out of 100 women taking the pill, over a year, less than one will get pregnant.

That’s with perfect use by the way. So taking it every day, like you’re supposed to, and not making any mistakes. Making the occasional error when taking the pill reduces this rate of effectiveness a little, to around 91%.[1] So it’s best to take it like it says.

What dosages of Cimizt tablets are there?

Just the one: Cimizt 150/30. It’s a pretty common formulation you can get in other pills. If you want to switch doses, you’ll need to move on to a different pill, because there’s no Cimizt Lo or Cimizt 20.

Gedarel 20, Munalea 20, Mercilon and Bimizza are very like Cimizt, only with less oestrogen. So if you get side effects like dry vagina, mood swings or low sex drive, you might be better on a lower oestrogen dose. Your prescriber can help you find the right pill during your consultation.

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What you need to know about Cimizt

What is Cimizt used for?

Contraception primarily. It’s very effective at this (over 99% when taken right). It’s quite flexible in that, compared to other forms of contraception, it’s both reliable and reversible. So you can stop taking Cimizt any time to start trying for a baby.

It may also help to reduce the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual stress) and treat acne.

Can you take Cimizt for acne?

How does Cimizt work?

How to get Cimizt online

How to take Cimizt

Cimizt is a 21-day pill. You’ll take one pill, once a day, at the same time, for 21 days continuously. Then have a seven day break, and move onto the next pack and repeat.

It’s best to work taking the pill into your routine, so you’re less likely to forget it. For example, you might take it before going to bed, or before you brush your teeth in the morning.

When to start Cimizt

Taking Cimizt after pregnancy

What to do if you miss a Cimizt pill

What are the most common side effects on Cimizt?

Some more common side effects reported among women using Cimizt include: headaches, weight gain, mood changes, tender breasts and digestive issues.

Milder side effects will tend to pass after you’ve been using Cimizt for a few months. But if you find that these stick around for longer, let your clinician know. They might be able to suggest an alternative treatment that works better for you.

When to see a doctor about side effects

Are there other pills that are similar to Cimizt?

Yes. Gedarel 30, Munalea 30 and Marvelon have the same hormones as Cimizt in the same amounts. Gedarel, Mercilon and Munalea also come in a lower dosage of 20/150, which contains a reduced amount of the synthetic version of oestrogen. These may be better for women who take Cimizt and find they get mild oestrogenic side effects (dry vagina, mood swings or loss of libido).

There are other combined contraceptive pills that include other forms of the synthetic hormones. If you get a lot of side effects with Cimizt, you may be recommended a different type of combined pill or be advised to take the mini pill instead.

Is there a non-pill alternative to Cimizt?

Is Cimizt the same as Marvelon?

Cimizt safety information

Before taking Cimizt, you should always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your pill. If you have any questions, let our clinician know. They should be able to help.

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When you shouldn’t use Cimizt

Use of Cimizt should be avoided if you have any of the following:

a history of blood clots, health issues that affect clotting (such as certain protein deficiencies), conditions that leave you bed bound or off your feet for large portions of the day, angina, severe hypertension, high fat levels in the blood, migraines with aura, severe liver disease, liver tumours, pancreatitis, pregnancy, certain cancers, unexplained vaginal bleeding and allergies to any of the medication’s ingredients.

You can find more extensive info on combined pill contraindications here.

Cimizt warnings and cautions

Taking Cimizt with other medications

References

[1] Kost,K, Et al. 2008. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. PubMed.gov. U.S.A. N.I.H. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18082661/ [Accessed March 29th 2021].

[2] Jaisarmarn, U Et al. 2014. A comparison of multiphasic oral contraceptives containing norgestimate or desogestrel in acne treatment: a randomized trial. National Library of Medicine. USA. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25074072/ [Accessed March 29th 2021].