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Cerelle pill

Cerelle pill

Cerelle is a contraceptive pill that is sometimes known as a mini pill. When taking it properly, it will stop you from becoming pregnant. Unlike the combined pill, Cerelle only contains one hormone, progesterone.

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Cerelle pill

Progesterone is a hormone that a woman’s body naturally produces as part of her menstrual cycle. Cerelle contains desogestrel, a synthetic form of progesterone. Cerelle must be taken every day to ensure that you are protected against pregnancy.

Fertilization is prevented as the Cerelle pill thickens the mucus at the cervix (neck of the womb). This stops sperm from being able to enter the uterus (womb). The desogestrel in Cerelle also prevents an egg from ripening and being released from the ovary. When combined with the thickened cervical mucus, this offers a very effective form of contraception.

Progesterone-only contraception, such as Cerelle, maybe a more appropriate form of contraception for women who are breastfeeding.

When you first start taking the Cerelle pill, the first pill should be taken on day one of your period. You will have contraceptive coverage immediately if you start in this way.

Unlike combined oral contraceptive pills, you do not need to remember to take a break from taking Cerelle. Cerelle must be taken every day at around the same time.

There is no break between packs, start a new strip of pills the day after the old strip runs out.

If you forget to take a pill, or you take it late, you should seek medical advice to check if you still have contraceptive coverage. Missing a pill, or only remembering about it later in the day can reduce the effectiveness of Cerelle. If you were to have unprotected sex, you could be at risk of becoming pregnant.

Each pill should be swallowed whole with some water.

Each Cerelle pill contains 75 micrograms of desogestrel. One tablet is taken every day simultaneously, with a little water.

Each strip of tablets is labeled with the days of the week. Start with a pill on the top line labeled with the corresponding day, then follow the arrows around until you have finished the strip of pills. At this point, you should start a new strip of pills the following day, so that no breaks in taking the pill occur.