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Cerazette mini-pill

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Cerazette is particularly suitable for women who smoke or are over the age of 35. It’s an effective POP (progestogen-only pill) or branded mini pill. Cerazette is an alternative to combined contraceptive pills.

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What is Cerazette?

Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill (known as POP or the mini pill) and is a common form of contraception for women. The mini pill differs from other forms of hormonal contraception because it doesn’t contain any oestrogen, but instead contains a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone.  It works by making it harder for sperm to enter the womb and fertilise an egg. Cerazette is the branded version of Cerelle.

Cerazette is commonly used by sexually active women over 35 who do not wish to become pregnant. When used correctly, Cerazette can be 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

How to take Cerazette

Cerazette should be taken once a day at the same time every day. To avoid pregnancy, there should be no breaks, including during your period. It is common to not experience a period whilst taking Cerazette.

Do I need a prescription for Cerazette?

Yes, Cerazette is a prescription only medication in the UK. Do not purchase Cerazette from an online service that does not require a consultation with a registered clinician. You can request a prescription from one of our clinicians over at Online Doctor today, who will assess your suitability before prescribing.

Alternative forms of contraception

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor offers a range of contraception options, including combined pills, low dose pills, the Evra Patch or NuvaRing. Condoms are also effective in preventing pregnancy as well as STIs. Your GP will also be able to discuss with you long-acting forms of contraception such as the coil or implants.

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Cerazette frequently asked questions

  • How long before Cerazette is effective?

    Cerazette will immediately protect you against pregnancy if you begin taking it on days the first day of your period. It can be immediately effective if you take it on days 2-5 of your cycle, but this is only if you don’t have a short cycle (less than 23 days).

  • Does Cerazette stop periods?

    Cerazette may cause your periods to become irregular, more frequent or lighter. Some women do not experience any period whilst taking Cerazette, which is common and not a cause for concern.

  • How to stop bleeding on Cerazette?

    Cerazette must be taken every day. Some women experience irregular periods, or ‘spotting’ in-between their periods when using POP. This is fairly common and does not necessarily require action. However, it’s important you keep your doctor informed of any changes you experience so they can rule out any other underlying causes of your irregular bleeding.

  • What happens if you forget your pill?

    Cerazette should be taken at the same time every day. However, unlike other forms of mini pill, Cerazette does offer a 12 hour window in which you can take the pill if you accidentally forget. You will still be protected from pregnancy during this time. It’s important you take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember, and continue taking the pill at the normal time the following day. This may mean taking the pill twice in one day.

    If you miss the 12 hour window, switch to using condoms if you wish to have sex as you will not be protected from pregnancy during this time. If you've had unprotected sex during this time, you may need emergency contraception. Seek advice immediately.

  • Will taking Cerazette affect my weight?

    Weight fluctuations are common during your cycle because of fluid retention or other possible unrelated reasons. However, there is no evidence that the mini pill or POP will lead to weight gain in women.