• Cerelle


Medication features

  • Known as the mini pill
  • Contains progesterone
  • Pack of 84 tablets


Order Cerelle Contraceptive Pill Online

You can order the contraceptive pill Cerelle online from Simple Online Pharmacy. Our doctors can prescribe this for repeat supplies, to patients who are prescribed it already by their GP. 

To order this medicine, you will need to complete a short online assessment for our doctors to review. This is to make sure it is safe and suitable for you. If approved, this medicine will be dispensed and dispatched for delivery by our pharmacy team.

What is Cerelle?

Cerelle is a contraceptive tablet. It is a progestogen-only pill (POP) which contains the active ingredient desogestrel, a progestogen hormone. It is taken every day without a break between packs and is sometimes known as the ‘mini-pill’.

During treatment with Cerelle birth control, you should continue to have regular check-ups with your GP every year. This is important to make sure it is still safe for you to take.

It is used as a regular method of contraception. This is different from emergency contraception, which is used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

How does it work?

Cerelle contains 75micrograms of desogestrel. This is a synthetic progestogen hormone, a type of female sex hormone.

Desogestrel works in two ways. Firstly it works by preventing sperm cells from entering the womb. The second, and most important, way that desogestrel works is by stopping ovulation. This means it stops an egg being released from the ovary.  

Progestogen-only pills work differently from another type of pill, called combined oral contraceptives (COC). Combined oral contraceptives contain both a progestogen and an oestrogen hormone. Some women are unable to take oestrogen contraceptives. Cerelle can be a suitable contraceptive choice for these women.

Cerelle missed pill

If you forget to take a tablet but you are less than 12 hours late, take the tablet as soon as you realise. In this scenario, you will still be protected against pregnancy.

If you are more than 12 hours late, the contraceptive effect may be affected. The more tablets you have missed, the higher the risk of contraceptive failure. Take your next tablet as soon as you remember, and take the next dose at the usual time, even if it means taking two tablets on the same day. For the next 7 days, you should use another form of contraception (e.g. condom).

More information on missed pills is available on the NHS website.

Alternative contraception

There are several progestogen-only pills available in the UK:

A cheaper, generic version of desogestrel can also be prescribed.
Combined oral contraceptives are a different type of contraceptive pill because they contain oestrogen. Examples of these are Logynon, Femodene, Rigevidon, and Mercilon. Contraceptive pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections from unprotected sex.

Cerelle summary

Active ingredient


Type of pill

Mini pill / progestogen-only pill


£10.99 for 3 month supply

Side effects

Nausea, libido changes, headache, breast pain


What is Cerelle?

Cerelle is a type of contraceptive pill called a progestogen-only pill (sometimes called ‘progesterone-only’ pill). It contains the active ingredient desogestrel. It is used to prevent pregnancy.

Is Cerelle a mini pill?

It is a progestogen-only pill (POP), these are often called ‘mini pills’.

Do you get periods on Cerelle?

You can still get periods during treatment. They can become irregular and may become lighter or heavier but some women may find their periods stop. If you notice heavy bleeding or long periods of bleeding whilst taking Cerelle, speak to your doctor for advice.

What kind of pill is Cerelle?

Cerelle is a progestogen-only pill (POP), also known as a ‘mini pill’. This type of pill does not contain oestrogen.

How long does it take for the Cerelle pill to work?

Depending on the situation, it might start to work at different times. See section 3 of the patient information leaflet for a detailed explanation of how long Cerelle takes to work. In some cases, you may need to use additional contraception (e.g. condoms) for 7 days after starting it.

If you are changing from a different POP, you can start taking it straight away and you will be protected from pregnancy straight away.

If you are not currently using contraception, start Cerelle on the first day of your period. In this case, you need not take extra contraceptive precautions.

Is Cerelle the same as Cerazette?

Cerelle and Cerazette both contain the same active ingredient, desogestrel. They are different brands of the same medication but both are contraceptive pills.

Can I order Cerelle pill online?

You can request to buy Cerelle online from our online doctor service. Our UK registered doctors can prescribe it after you complete an online health assessment. Our doctors use this to make sure it is suitable for you to take. Only women who currently receive Cerelle on repeat from their GP can use this service.

Content reviewed: 12/11/2021

Side Effects

Cerelle Side Effects

The most common Cerelle pill side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Breast pain
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Altered mood
  • Increased body weight 

Another common side effect is irregular, or no, bleeding. Some women may get light or heavy irregular bleeding and some will get none. If you have heavy bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time when taking Cerelle, speak to your doctor for advice.
See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for further information on the side effects.


Info Leaflet

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.


How to take Cerelle

The usual dose is to take one Cerelle tablet every day. You should try to take your dose at the same time every day. Once you finish a strip of tablets, start the next strip of tablets the next day.

The packaging for Cerelle has the days of the week marked on each strip. This can make it easier to remember to take your pill and help you to take it correctly.


Other conditions and Cerelle

Cerelle is not suitable to take for women with certain conditions. Examples of these are severe liver disease, a blood clot, any unexplained vaginal bleeding, and certain cancers such as breast cancer. Speak to your doctor before taking it if you suffer from any of the above conditions. 

Speak to your doctor if you are breastfeeding whilst taking Cerelle. A small amount of the medicine can pass into breast milk.

Interactions with other medicines

Some medicines can interact with Cerelle and may cause it to be less effective in preventing pregnancy. Other medicines may be affected by Cerelle, or increase the risk of side effects. Medicines that interact with Cerelle include certain anti-epileptic medicines, anti-HIV medicines, antifungals, and antibiotics.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further advice about Cerelle and other medication you take. You can also read the patient information leaflet for further information.

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