What is Cerazette?
Cerazette is a mini-pill that if taken correctly is 99% effective in protecting against pregnancy. This oral contraceptive is a progestogen-only pill and is therefore suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen, smoke or are over the age of 35. Unlike other mini-pills, Cerazette can be taken up to 12 hours later than your usual time, allowing for greater flexibility. Its active ingredient desogestrel, a synthetic version of the natural female hormone progestogen helps to prevent ovulation. Some women who use this type of oral hormonal contraception may also notice an improvement in premenstrual symptoms and period pain.
A study in Germany revealed that 90% of women who were suffering from oestrogen-related side effects, such as breast tenderness, fluid retention and headaches, saw their symptoms improve or resolve within three months after they switched from a combined oral contraceptive to Cerazette mini-pills.
How do you use it?
If you choose to use these mini-pills you will need to take a pill every single day. Unlike the combined pill there is no seven-day break, as a result you must take them continuously. This means that packs of Cerazette are taken back to back.
This contraceptive mini-pill comes in a calendar strip, which helps you to keep track of when you take your pill.
If you take the first pill on the very first day of your period, it will provide you with immediate protection from pregnancy. Although you are able to take this pill up to the fifth day of your period, you will not be fully protected and will have to use another method of contraception, such as a condom, to fully protect yourself against pregnancy.
What are the benefits?
More than 99% effective in protecting pregnancy, this mini pill’s other benefits include:
- Stopping ovulation, making Cerazette the most effective progestogen-only pill
- No oestrogen, so women who are breastfeeding, over 35 or smoke can use it
- Reducing period pain
- More flexibility when taking it-can be taken 12 hours after regular time
- Unlike other mini-pills prevents ovulation
What are the side effects?
Taking any hormonal contraceptive carries with it a small risk of side effects. However, the list of side effects with Cerazette is slightly reduced because it doesn't contain oestrogen.
Common side effects may include, changes in menstrual bleeding, mood changes, decreased sex drive, headaches, nausea, acne, breast tenderness or weight gain. Uncommon side effects include vomiting, inflammation of the vagina, hair loss or fatigue. Rare side effects, which effect between one in 1,000 and one in 10,000 women, include rash or hives and ectopic pregnancy.
Who can and cannot take it?
The absence of oestrogen means that the number of women who can take this mini-pill is much greater. If you know or think you’re pregnant; if you have undiagnosed, abnormal vaginal bleeding; if you have breast cancer; or if you have a hereditary blood disorder, it won’t be safe for you to take Cerazette.
Other medical conditions that might prevent this pill to be suitable for you include If you are going to have major surgery with prolonged immobilisation; if you’ve had blood clots; if you have a history of jaundice or if you have diabetes, for example, you might not be able to buy Cerazette pills.
It’s vital that you discuss your medical history and any medication you’re taking with your doctor, so they can safely asses whether it’s safe for you to buy Cerazette. If they decide it isn’t, they might suggest you use an alternative contraceptive method.
What did it do for me?
When I was taking Yasmin, acne spread to my chest, my breasts swelled, I gained weight and my mood was awful. I had a pretty bad experience taking Cilest too, so I stopped taking oral contraceptives altogether for a year.
My doctor agreed that I was probably highly sensitive to oestrogen and wrote me a prescription. I’ve been taking it for the past four months and it seems to really agree with my body. I’d recommend anyone who struggles with combined pills to buy Cerazette and check it out; it could be the answer to your prayers.