Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Cerazette®

Cerazette

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Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Cerazette ®

Cerazette is a mini pill that gives you more than 99% protection against pregnancy. Short of not having sex, it doesn’t get better than that.

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The mini pill is a well tolerated and highly effective method of contraception. As long as you follow the simple instructions, you should get close to perfect protection against pregnancy.

You will need a prescription for Cerazette, which you can get from one of our UK registered clinicians by taking our remote consultation. It’s as simple as that. No appointments, no going to the surgery and no queueing in the pharmacy for what feels like an eternity. You’ll then get your treatment the next working day, in discreet packaging.

What’s so good about the Cerazette pill?

The Cerazette mini pill contains one active ingredient (progesterone), compared to the combined pill which contains two (progesterone and oestrogen). But wait there – containing just one of the substances doesn’t mean that it’s half as good, or even half as effective. Also known as the progesterone only pill, or POP, it is generally better tolerated than the combined pill as it doesn’t contain oestrogen. Unlike many mini pills, Cerazette can be taken up to 12 hours after its scheduled time without losing any of its effects, so it’s perfect for those who might need a little leeway.

What rate of effectiveness does Cerazette have?

Cerazette is just as effective as the combined pill – more than 99% – which makes it one of the most powerful methods of contraception available (short of celibacy).

Any hormonal contraceptive pill needs to be taken at the same time each day to be fully effective, but most people will usually find it easy to remember to take one pill a day once they get into the habit.

Is Cerazette safe?

Yes. Particularly for women who are sensitive to oestrogen, it’s a much better option because it’s oestrogen-free.

Some women who take the mini pill may get side effects. A lot of the time, milder side effects pass within the first few weeks and are just a sign of your body adapting to the pill. But consult a clinician if you get any side effects that concern you or stick around for longer.

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What you need to know About Cerazette

What type of pill is Cerazette?

A mini pill. How is this type of pill different to the norm? The combined pill contains two active ingredients, while the mini pill contains just one. This means it is better tolerated by some, and can be used by women who are breastfeeding, as well as by women who get migraines.

On the flip side, it may not have some of the secondary benefits associated with the combined pill, such as treating acne.

What ingredients are in Cerazette?

What is Cerazette used for?

Can you use Cerazette for acne?

Does Cerazette stop periods?

How does Cerazette work?

How to get Cerazette online

How to take Cerazette

Oral contraception is pretty easy and once you get in the habit of taking the pill each day, it is likely to become second nature. Each strip comes with 28 pills, with the days of the week marked above each. This will help you to keep track of what you’ve taken.

Swallow one pill whole and with water, at the same time every day, until the 28 pills have been finished, then start the next pack. Mini pills do not contain dummy pills (placebos to keep the habit of taking a pill daily going throughout the month) like the combined pill, so each pill is essential to maintaining effective protection against pregnancy.

For more information about how to take Cerazette, read the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment.

Can you start Cerazette mid cycle?

Cerazette missed pills: what to do

Will I get bleeding with Cerazette?

Coming off Cerazette

What are the most common side effects of Cerazette?

Side effects on Cerazette are usually mild when they occur and include: headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and digestive issues.[1] These are thought to affect up to 1 in 10 patients and often subside as the body adjusts to the treatment.

When should I see a doctor?

Does Cerazette cause weight gain?

What alternatives to Cerazette are there?

If you’ve been advised to take the mini pill, the combined pill likely isn’t going to be suitable for you (and neither is the patch or the ring).

There are different mini pills available though, such as Cerelle (very similar to Cerazette), Noriday and Norgeston. Norgeston, Noriday and Cerazette are very much alike, but contain slightly different progestogens. So if you’re getting minor side effects on one type, you might find another type doesn’t cause these.

Cerelle or Cerazette: what’s the difference?

What other progesterone only forms are there?

Safety information

Always read the leaflet for your treatment before starting to take it. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, let your clinician or pharmacist prescriber know.

Cerazette leaflet

Taking Cerazette with other medicines

Some treatments may interact with Cerazette or render it less effective. Make sure to let your prescriber know if you’re taking (or have recently taken) any other medications.

This includes any non-prescription, prescription or remedial medicines.

Read more about Cerazette interactions.

Cerazette warnings

References

[1] Findlay, D. 1986. The Pill. U.S.A. Aust Fam physician. N.I.H, [online] Dec;15(12):1587 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3800776/ [Accessed March 27th 2021].

[2] Lopez, LM. et al. 2014. Effects of birth control pills and patches on weight. Cochrane. [online] https://www.cochrane.org/CD003987/FERTILREG_effect-of-birth-control-pills-and-patches-on-weight [Accessed March 27th 2021].