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Adeel Arshad

Authored on 24 January 2024 by Adeel Arshad,

Reviewed 24 January 2024 by Dr Ruch Karunadasa.


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The Cerazette contraceptive pill can also provide relief for women who have very painful periods. In clinical trials, 94% of women reported less painful periods while taking Cerazette.

Medication effect duration

It can be taken up to 12 hours later than usual, an additional benefit it has over regular mini pills, which need to be taken within the same three hours every day

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Due to the absence of oestrogen the Cerazette pill is said to be much safer for breastfeeding women. It is safer for women over 35 who smoke.

How does Cerazette work?

The Cerazette contraceptive pill tricks your body into thinking that ovulation has already taken place; in doing so there is a very strong chance an egg will not be released during your menstrual cycle. Just like other types of mini-Pill, this contraceptive uses simultaneous techniques to stop conception during intercourse; it alters the consistency of the womb lining so that an egg can not implant itself there to grow, and thickens the cervical fluid making it tough for a sperm to entering the womb for fertilisation to take place.

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How much does Cerazette cost?

Cerazette medication pack

Packs and prices

Prescription included
Prescription included

Possible side effects

As with many types of medication obtained with a prescription, women who take this contraceptive pill for the time may experience bouts of mild side effects. However, it should be made clear that these effects usually subside as your body gets used to the ingredients in the Cerazette pill. The most commonly reported side effects of this contraceptive include: headache, nausea, acne, breast pain, weight gain, changes in mood, decreased libido and irregular periods.

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Do not take Cerazette if

  • you are already pregnant
  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Cerazette (active ingredient is desogestrel)
  • you have a thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel (e.g. of the legs (deep venous thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism)).
  • you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver disease and your liver is still not working normally.
  • you have or if you are suspected of having a cancer that grows under the influence of sex-steroids, such as certain types of breast cancer.
  • you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.

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When to start taking Cerazette

You should take the Cerazette pill from the first day of your menstrual cycle for the full 28 days. Unlike the standard Pill, there is no seven-day break, so you start the first pill in a new strip the day after finishing the last strip in the previous pack. Cerazette contraceptive pills can be taken up to 12 hours later than your usual time, with or without food.

Going on the Pill on day two to five of your period is ok, but during the first cycle a barrier method, such as a condom is recommended for the first full week of tablet-taking to give you a better chance of avoiding pregnancy.

Each strip of Cerazette contains 28 tablets – 4 weeks supply.

  • Take your tablet each day at about the same time. Swallow the tablet whole, with water.
  • Arrows are printed on the front of the strip, between the tablets. The days of the week are printed on the back of the strip. Each day corresponds with one tablet.
  • Every time you start a new strip of Cerazette, take a tablet from the top row. Don’t start with just any tablet. For example if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the tablet from the top row marked (on the back) with WED.
  • Continue to take one tablet a every day until the pack is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows. By looking at the back of your pack you can easily check if you have already taken your tablet on a particular day.
  • You may have some vaginal bleeding during the use of Cerazette, (See Side Effects) but you must continue to take your tablets as normal.
  • When a strip is empty, you must start with a new strip

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