Cerazette - Mini Pills

Cerazette - Mini Pills
  • Cerazette - Mini Pills

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Cerazette - Mini Pills

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  • Medication features

    Cerazette is a branded mini pill. It is safe and effective alternative to combined contraceptive pills. Suitable for women over 35 who smoke, breastfeeding or cannot tolerate estrogen.

    • Estrogen-free hormonal contraceptive mini pill
    • Over 99% effective, if taken correctly
    • Regular medication for birth control
    • Take one pill daily for 28 consecutive days 
    • Various alternatives available
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Overview

NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.

Cerazette: A Safe and Effective Contraceptive Pill

Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill (POP) that effectively prevents unplanned pregnancies. It contains desogestrel, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone.

Cerazette is an ideal contraceptive choice for women who cannot or prefer not to use estrogen-containing contraceptives, including those who are breastfeeding, smokers, or overweight. Cerazette is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly.

How does Cerazette work?

Cerazette works in two ways to prevent pregnancy:

  1. Thickening cervical mucus: Cerazette thickens the fluid in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter the womb and reach any released eggs.
  2. Suppressing ovulation: Cerazette increases progesterone levels, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg, effectively stopping ovulation.

How to take Cerazette?

Daily Routine:

  • Take one Cerazette tablet every day at the same time.
  • Swallow the tablet whole with water.

Starting a New Strip:

  • When you start a new strip, take a tablet from the top row.
  • If you start on a Wednesday, take the tablet marked "WED" on the back of the strip.

Keep Taking It:

  • Continue taking one tablet every day until the pack is empty.
  • Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip when taking the medication.
  • You may have some bleeding while using Cerazette; keep taking the tablets as usual.

Bleeding During Use:

  • Some women may experience vaginal bleeding while using Cerazette. This is a common side effect. Do not stop taking the pills because of vaginal bleeding. Keep taking them as prescribed.

Period Changes:

  • Many women experience a change in their menstrual cycle while using Cerazette, including the absence of periods. This is a normal side effect and should not cause concern.

Starting a New Pack:

  • Once a strip is empty, start a new strip of Cerazette the next day without stopping.
  • Don't wait for a bleed before starting a new pack.

Consulting Your Doctor: If you have any questions or concerns regarding Cerazette's usage, consult your doctor for personalized guidance.

What happens if I miss a Cerazette pill?

Cerazette is a 12-hour progestin-only pill, which means it can be taken within 12 hours of the same time each day without compromising its effectiveness. If you miss one pill by less than 12 hours, take the missed pill as soon as you remember and continue taking the rest of the pack as usual. You're still protected against pregnancy.

If you miss two or more pills by more than 12 hours, take the last missed pill immediately and continue with the pack as usual. However, use condoms for the next seven days to avoid unplanned pregnancy. If you're ever unsure about what to do if you miss a pill, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

It's still important to try to take your pill at the same time each day to maintain a consistent routine.

How Cerazette may affect your periods?

  • No periods: About 1 in 3 women will have no periods at all while on Cerazette.
  • Irregular periods: About 1 in 3 women may experience irregular periods, which may include spotting or light bleeding.
  • Continuous bleeding: About 1 in 3 women may experience continuous bleeding while on Cerazette. If this happens, you may need to switch to a different method of contraception.

It is important to note that it can take a few months for your body to adjust to Cerazette. Your periods may be irregular for the first few months, but they should settle down after about 3 months. If you are concerned about your periods, talk to your doctor.

Alternatives to Cerazette

Here are some alternatives to Cerazette, categorized by type of contraceptive method:

Progestogen-Only Pills (POPs):

  • Cerelle: A POP with the same active ingredient as Cerazette, Desogestrel.
  • Noriday: Another POP containing desogestrel, offering similar effectiveness as Cerazette.
  • Norgeston: A POP containing the progestogen norgestrel, offering an alternative option for women who cannot tolerate desogestrel.

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills (COCPs):

  • Microgynon 30: A COCP containing both estrogen and progestogen, offering a more regular menstrual cycle compared to POPs.
  • Yasmin: A COCP with a different type of progestogen, drospirenone, which may have fewer androgenic side effects.
  • Gedarel 20: A COCP with a lower dose of estrogen compared to Microgynon 30, suitable for women sensitive to estrogen.

Non-Oral Contraceptive Methods:

  • Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): Long-acting reversible contraceptives placed in the uterus, offering highly effective contraception for up to 10 years.
  • Implants: Small, rod-shaped devices placed under the skin of the upper arm, releasing progestogen to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.
  • Contraceptive Injections: Injectable progestogen-only contraceptives provide effective contraception for up to 13 weeks per injection.

Choosing the most suitable contraceptive method depends on individual factors, medical history, and personal preferences. It's essential to consult a healthcare provider for a comprehensive assessment and personalized guidance.

Tips for effective contraception:

  • Set a daily reminder to take your pill at the same time each day.
  • Use a backup method of contraception (e.g., condoms) if you miss a pill, have diarrhea, or vomit after taking a pill.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you're taking to ensure they don't interfere with the pill's effectiveness.
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Sources

Patient Leaflet

Consumer Medicine Information for Cerazetten

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/the-pill-progestogen-only/

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/contraception/progestogen-only-pill-pop-mini-pill/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7323950/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3855691/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3808784/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9743347/

 

Directions

The progestogen-only pill comes in two types:

Types of progestogen-only pills:

  • 3-hour progestogen-only pill: Must be taken within 3 hours of the same time each day (e.g., Norgeston, Noriday)
  • 12-hour progestogen-only pill (desogestrel pill): Must be taken within 12 hours of the same time each day (e.g., Cerazette)

Instructions for using progestogen-only pills:

Follow the instructions provided with your pill packet.

  • Take one pill every day, within either 3 or 12 hours of the same time each day, depending on the type you're using.
  • There's no break between pill packs. Start a new pack the day after finishing the previous one.

Dosage

There are 5 types of oral contraception:

  1. Monophasic 21-day contraceptive pills - They contain oestrogen and progesterone. They are taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break, then the cycle starts again.
  2. Monophasic 28-day preparations - They contain oestrogen and progesterone. They are taken continuously. The first 21 days will be an ‘active’ pill, and the last 7 days are ‘inactive’ pills. You will take tablets for 28 days, then you should start a new pack for another 28 days.
  3. Phasic 21 day preparations - They contain oestrogen and progesterone. They are taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break, then the cycle starts again. These contain different levels of each hormone depending on which day's pill you are taking.
  4. Phasic 28-day preparations - They contain oestrogen and progesterone. They are taken continuously. The first 21 days will be an ‘active’ pill, and the last 7 days are ‘inactive’ pills. You will take tablets for 28 days, then you should start a new pack for another 28 days.These contain different levels of each hormone depending on which day's pill you are taking.
  5. Progesterone-only pill - They contain progesterone only. These pills must be taken continuously everyday at the same time within a 3 hour window each day. Each pack contains 28 tablets, and each new pack should be taken back to back.

Warnings

Missing pills or taking them alongside certain medications can reduce their effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about using progestogen-only pills.

FAQ

  • How effective is the pill?

    The combined pill (contains oestrogen and progesterone) is 99.9% effective when taken correctly. The progesterone only pill is more than 99% effective when taken correctly.

  • What are the benefits of oral contraception?

    Benefits include:

    • Easy and convenient contraceptive method.
    • Highly effective in preventing pregnancy.
    • Lighter periods and also less cramping, bloating, and irritability that are often associated with normal menstruation.
    • Does not interfere with sexual intercourse.
    • May provide some protection from pelvic inflammatory disease which, if left untreated, can lead to infertility.
    • Clear up hormonal acne.
  • What other contraceptive choices are there?

    There are many different types of contraception available other than the contraceptive pill. These include:

    • The implant
    • A progesterone only injection
    • Contraceptive patches
    • Inter-uterine Devices (IUD)
    • Vaginal rings
    • Condoms
    • Dams
    • Caps
  • If I am on the pill, does my partner need to use a condom?

    In terms of preventing pregnancy, a condom would not be required. However, condoms should be worn during sexual intercourse to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms are the only way to prevent transmission of STDs.

  • Who should not use the contraceptive pill?

    You should not take the contraceptive pill if:

    • You have a history of blood clots
    • You have ever had breast cancer
    • You are pregnant
    • You have a history of heart problems
    • You may also potentially have to avoid oral contraception if you smoke, due to the risk of developing a blood clot.
  • Does the pill prevent STDs?

    No. Only condoms prevent STDs. You are still susceptible to STDs if you are having sex without a condom whilst taking the pill.

  • Do I need to take emergency contraception if I have sex when I have forgotten to take my pill?

    This will depend on:

    • the type of contraceptive pill you are taking
    • how many pills you have missed
    • what stage of your cycle you are currently in


    Emergency contraception may not always be necessary in this case.

  • Do I need to take the pill at the same time every day?

    For combined contraceptive pills it does not matter at what time you take the pill, although you should aim to do this at a regular time every day, and missing one pill will not necessarily mean you are not covered.

    For progesterone only (mini pills), they need to be taken at the same time each day or within 3 hours of that time (12 hours for Cerazette). Missing a tablet or not taking it at the right time may lead to bleeding or lack of contraceptive cover.

  • Is it safe to stay on the pill for long periods of time?

    Yes, for certain people. Medical evidence suggests that in women who don’t smoke, do not have high blood pressure and are not overweight, it is perfectly safe to continue taking the contraceptive pill up until they are 45.

  • What are the key differences and similarities between Cerazette and Cerelle?

    Yes, Cerazette and Cerelle are essentially the same thing. They are both progestogen-only pills (POPs) that contain the same active ingredient, desogestrel, in the same dosage.


    They work in the same way to prevent pregnancy and are equally effective and safe. The main difference is the brand name: Cerazette is the original brand, while Cerelle is a generic version. Generic versions are typically cheaper.

  • Can I switch from Cerazette to Cerelle?

    Yes, you can switch from Cerazette to Cerelle without any problems. Just make sure to take the first Cerelle pill on the day after you finish your last pack of Cerazette.

  • Are there any other generic versions of Cerazette?

    Yes, there are other generic versions of Cerazette available, such as Zelleta and Desogestrel.

  • What are the side effects of Cerazette and Cerelle?

    The most common side effects of Cerazette and Cerelle are irregular bleeding, headaches, acne, and breast tenderness. These side effects usually go away after a few months of taking the pill.

  • Does Cerazette make me feel anxious?

    Some women report experiencing increased anxiety while taking Cerazette. However, this is not a common side effect and there is no definitive evidence that Cerazette causes anxiety. If you notice changes in your mood like mood swings, anxiety, or depression while taking Cerazette talk to your doctor.

  • What should I do if I'm concerned about anxiety while taking Cerazette?

    If you are concerned about anxiety while taking Cerazette, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you assess whether your anxiety is related to Cerazette or another cause and recommend appropriate treatment options.

  • Could my anxiety be caused by something other than Cerazette?

    Yes, there are many other possible causes of anxiety, such as stress, lifestyle factors, and other medications. It is important to consider all possible causes of your anxiety, not just Cerazette.

  • Could my anxiety be caused by an interaction between Cerazette and another medication I'm taking?

    Yes, some medications can interact with Cerazette and increase the risk of side effects, including anxiety. If you are taking any other medications, be sure to check for potential interactions with Cerazette.

  • Can Cerazette stop periods?

    Yes, Cerazette can stop periods in some women. Studies have shown that about one-third of women who take Cerazette will experience amenorrhea, which is the absence of periods. Another third of women will have lighter or less frequent periods, and the remaining third will continue to have regular periods.

    How Cerazette may affect your periods:

    • No periods: About 1 in 3 women will have no periods at all while on Cerazette.
    • Irregular periods: About 1 in 3 women may experience irregular periods, which may include spotting or light bleeding.
    • Continuous bleeding: About 1 in 3 women may experience continuous bleeding while on Cerazette. If this happens, you may need to switch to a different method of contraception.
  • How long does it take for Cerazette to stop periods?

    It may take a few months for your periods to stop after you start taking Cerazette.

  • What will my periods be like if I take Cerazette?

    If you do have periods while taking Cerazette, they may be irregular or lighter than usual.

  • Will my periods return after I stop taking Cerazette?

    Yes, your periods will usually return within a few months after you stop taking Cerazette.

  • What should I do if I'm concerned about my periods while taking Cerazette?

    If you are concerned about your periods while taking Cerazette, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you assess whether your periods are normal or if there is another cause for concern.

  • What are other possible side effects of Cerazette?

    Other possible side effects of Cerazette include mood changes, depression, headaches, acne, and breast tenderness. If you experience any bothersome side effects, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

  • Can smokers take Cerazette?

    Yes, smokers can use Cerazette. It is a progestogen-only pill (POP), also known as a mini pill, that does not contain estrogen. Estrogen is the hormone that increases the risk of blood clots in smokers, so Cerazette is considered a safe option for women who smoke.

  • Are there any other risks associated with smoking and using Cerazette?

    Yes, smoking increases the risk of many other health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Therefore, it is always best to quit smoking, regardless of whether you are using Cerazette or any other type of birth control.

  • What are some other birth control options for smokers?

    There are a number of other birth control options that are safe for smokers, including:

    • Progestin-only injectables (such as Depo-Provera)
    • Progestin-only implants (such as Nexplanon)
    • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Is Cerazette safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

    Yes, Cerazette is considered safe to use while breastfeeding. Small amounts of the hormone in Cerazette may pass into the baby's bloodstream through breast milk, but this is not harmful to the baby and will not affect their development.

  • Does Cerazette affect breast milk production?

    No, Cerazette does not affect breast milk production or quality. Studies have shown that women who use Cerazette while breastfeeding produce the same amount of milk as women who do not use any contraception.

  • Are there any risks associated with using Cerazette while breastfeeding?

    There are no known risks to the baby associated with using Cerazette while breastfeeding. However, some women may experience a slight decrease in milk supply while using Cerazette. If you are concerned about your milk supply, you can talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant.

  • What are the benefits of using Cerazette while breastfeeding?

    Cerazette is a safe and effective form of birth control that can be used while breastfeeding. It is also convenient to use, as it only needs to be taken once a day.

  • What are some other birth control options for breastfeeding women?

    There are a number of other birth control options that are safe for breastfeeding women, including:

    • Progestin-only injectables (such as Depo-Provera)
    • Progestin-only implants (such as Nexplanon)
    • Non-hormonal IUDs (such as the copper IUD)
  • Can Cerazette (mini pill) cause weight gain?

    Weight gain is listed as a possible side effect of Cerazette, but it is not a common one. Studies have shown that only a small percentage of women who take Cerazette experience weight gain.

  • How much weight can I expect to gain if I take Cerazette?

    The amount of weight gain that women experience while taking Cerazette varies. Some women may not gain any weight at all, while others may gain a few pounds.

  • What are the factors that increase my risk of weight gain while taking Cerazette?

    Weight gain is more likely to occur in women who are already overweight or obese. It is also more likely to occur in women who have a family history of weight gain or who have a history of yo-yo dieting.

  • Can you buy Cerazette online?

    Yes, you can buy Cerazette (POP) mini pill for birth control online at the lowest price from £18.85 through our UK-registered online pharmacy, Ashcroft Pharmacy. Once you've completed your assessment and checkout process, our in-house pharmacist will review your order to determine if the treatment suits you. If approved, our pharmacy team will prepare and send your medication to your provided address

  • How do I switch to Cerazette from a combined pill (containing estrogen and progestogen)?

    To switch from a combined pill to Cerazette:

    • Finish your current pack of combined pills.
    • Start taking Cerazette the day after you finish your last combined pill.
    • You will be protected from pregnancy immediately if you start Cerazette on the first day of your period. If you start Cerazette at any other time, use additional contraception (such as condoms) for the first 7 days of taking Cerazette.
  • How do I switch to Cerazette from another progestogen-only pill (POP)?

    To switch from a POP to Cerazette:

    • You can switch to Cerazette at any time.
    • Start taking Cerazette the day after you finish your last POP.

    You will be protected from pregnancy immediately if you start Cerazette on the first day of your period. If you start Cerazette at any other time, use additional contraception (such as condoms) for the first 7 days of taking Cerazette.

  • How do I switch to Cerazette from another method of contraception, such as an injection, implant, or IUD?

    If you are switching from another method of contraception, talk to your doctor about the best time to start taking Cerazette. They will advise you on the appropriate transition based on your specific contraceptive method.

  • Do I need to talk to my doctor before switching to Cerazette?

    It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before switching to a new birth control pill. They can help you make sure that Cerazette is right for you and answer any questions you have.

  • Will I experience any side effects when switching to Cerazette?

    If you are switching from a combined pill to Cerazette, you may experience some irregular bleeding or spotting in the first few months. This is normal and should go away after a few cycles.

  • Do I need to use additional contraception when switching to Cerazette?

    If you are switching from another method of contraception, you may need to use additional contraception for a short period of time. Your doctor will advise you on this.

Side Effects

Side effects of oral contraception

Side effects can often occur with oral contraception, but most of the time these effects are mild and go away with continued use of the pill. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Sore, swollen breasts
  • Spotting between periods

With more severe side effects, you should stop taking the pill and consult your doctor. These include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Swelling or aching in the legs

Delivery

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