Cerazette, is a popular and effective contraceptive pill. It contains a synthetic progestogen called desogestrel, which works to help prevent ovulation, and also to make it harder for sperm to reach the uterus.
Like with any medication, there are risks involved, and so you should have all your regular check-ups with your own GP each year, to make sure it is safe to continue taking Cerazette.[/vc_column_text]
Cerazette is taken once daily, at around the same time each day. Unlike combined hormone contraceptive pills, you must take cerazettte every day, without a 7 day pill free break (i.e take packs back to back, and do no stop taking pills, even when you are on your period)
You should not take Cerazette (or take on your own doctors advice only), if you have:
- heart disease
- gall bladder disease
- untreated / uncontrolled high blood pressure
- blood-clotting disorder / circulation problems;
- a history of hormone-related cancer (e.g breast or uterine cancer)
- unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor;
- severe migraines
- liver disease, liver cancer, history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills
- problems with severe obesity
Smoking can greatly increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. Your risk increases the older you are and the more you smoke. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop taking Cerazette and tell your doctor if you become pregnant, or if you miss two menstrual periods in a row.
Common; (contact your doctor is these persist or are uncomfortable)
Headache / Migraine
Depression or mood changes
Bleeding between periods / Change in vaginal discharge
Decreased sex drive
Uncommon side effects of taking Cerazette include: (contact your doctor is these persist or are uncomfortable)
Vomiting / Diarrhoea
Rare, serious side effects (stop taking and contact your doctor)
Rash / Hives
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.