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  • The most well-known progestogen-only pill
  • Suitable for women who can’t use contraception containing oestrogen
  • Can be taken by women who are over 35 and smokers


"Cerazette is a highly effective 'mini pill' alternative to combined contraceptive pillls."

"Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill (POP), otherwise known as the 'mini pill'." 

Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Cerazette (desogestrel)

About Cerazette

Cerazette is a progestogen-only pill (POP), or mini pill. Each box of Cerazette contains three strips of 28 tablets. Each tablet contains desogestrel, a synthetic progesterone, similar to the natural progesterones produced by the body. The mini pill is taken every day without a break (unlike the combined contraceptive pill which is usually taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break). You may not necessarily have a regular period with the mini pill. Some women will, while others may experience spotting or have no period at all.

How do I take Cerazette?

One tablet should be taken every day on a continuous basis, at the same time each day, to be effective against pregnancy. You take the packs back to back without a break, including when you are having a period. Many women won’t have their period at all while on Cerazette - this is perfectly safe.

Are there any other contraceptive methods?

Long acting reversible contraceptive methods such as implants, contraceptive injections or an intrauterine device (IUD) can be more effective and more convenient than the pill for some women. Unlike condoms, the pill doesn't reduce your risk of getting an STI.

NEW: collection and delivery information Please note that if this is your first order, you will need to collect your treatment in store and present a valid form of photo ID. For future orders, you may opt in for store collection or choose from one of our delivery options.

Taking Cerazette

When should I take Cerazette?

You should take your Cerazette pill at the same time every day. Unlike most other mini pills, however, if you forget to take your pill, there is a window of 12 hours in which you can take it and still be protected against pregnancy. After this 12 hour window has closed, there is a chance you may not be protected.

How long does Cerazette take to work?

If you start using Cerazette on days 1-5 of your period, you will be immediately protected against pregnancy. If you start taking it later, you need to be sure you could not already be pregnant and use additional contraceptive methods for at least seven days until Cerazette starts to work.

Alternative Treatments

We offer a number of other progesterone-only contraceptive pills:

Other Treatments

As well as the mini pill, there are combined and low dose contraceptive pills. Vaginal rings and skin patches are also available, and your doctor will be able to advise you if you may be better suited to one of them.

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