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Cerazette Tablets

Cerazette Tablets


Progestogen-only contraceptive pills, like Cerazette, contain progestogens but not oestrogens. They help to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb by thickening the cervical mucus. Some can also help to stop ovulation depending on the type of progestogen they contain. If taken correctly they are over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy.

A supply can be made, under a patient group direction, following a free consultation; simply fill in the questionnaire and our pharmacist will get back to you. If treatment is suitable for you, a supply can be made, otherwise a full refund will be issued.

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What is Cerazette and what is it used for?

Cerazette is a progesterone-only oral contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is desogestrel, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Combined contraceptive pills contain a form of oestrogen, whereas progesterone-only pills such as Cerazette can be used by women who cannot take oestrogen. If used correctly, Cerazette is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Cerazette can be purchased from Star Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. Our qualified pharmacist will review your order and get back to you.  If treatment is suitable for you, a supply can be made. However, if you are not eligible a supply will not be made and a full refund will be issued.

There are 28 tablets in each pack of Cerazette. There is no interval in this treatment cycle – take the first pill of your next pack the day after finishing the first. Cerazette should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day within a 12-hour window. If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack and it is less than 12 hours late, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills in a day. You should continue taking your pills as normal and you will not need additional contraception. If you miss more than one pill or it is more than 12 hours late you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.

How does Cerazette work?

Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. Cerazette increases progesterone levels in such a way that prevents the release of an egg. It also thickens the fluid in the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the womb and fertilising any eggs which are released.

Periods & bleeding whilst taking Cerazette

Most women, who take Cerazette or any other mini-pill, will experience changes to their periods but most irregular bleeding will resolve within the first few months. It is, however, not uncommon for some women to experience no monthly period for the whole time they are taking any progesterone-only pill.

If you carry on experiencing constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Cerazette, or you are worried, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.

Does Cerazette cause weight gain?

Weight gain is one of the more commonly reported side effects of taking Cerazette, however, there is very little evidence to suggest that there is a specific link between the progesterone-only pill and weight gain.
If you are taking Cerazette or are taking any other contraceptive, and you are worried about your weight you should discuss this with a doctor or practice nurse.

Does Cerazette cause acne?

Cerazette may cause some women to develop breakouts or spots due to an increase in oil production in the skin. Some women will find that their skin settles after a few months. If you continue to experience spots or acne or are concerned about any side effects you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist.

Alternatives to Cerazette

Cerazette contains the same active ingredient (desogestrel 75mcg) as generic desogestrel tablets and Cerelle. It is also equivalent to the other branded POPs Cerelle, Feanolla, and Zelleta

Non-Medicinal Contraception Alternatives

Female Condoms – Not only do they prevent pregnancy they also prevent STIs. There is currently only one brand available in the UK, called Femidom. Shown to be 95% effective.
Male Condoms – Prevent pregnancy and also prevent STIs. Shown to be 98% effective.


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Suitable for age:

18 years +

Maximum per order:


Consultation required?


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