• The combined pill (also known as the pill) which contains two types of female sex hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.
  • The progestogen only pill (also known as POP) which does not contain oestrogen.


My Chemist Plusoffers the best place to buy Cerelle pill with next day delivery available within the UK. To purchase Cerelle, you will need a prescription, which is available through our free online consultation service. Each item you purchase will sent via secure and discreet packaging to ensure that you receive your medicine in a complete and efficient manner.

Cerelle Contraceptive Pill

There are two types of hormone contraceptives

  • The combined pill (also known as the pill) which contains two types of female sex hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.
  • The progestogen only pill (also known as POP) which does not contain oestrogen.

Cerelle is a form of progestogen only pill which contains a small amount of the female sex hormone called desogestrel. Most POPs work by preventing the sperm cells from entering the womb but don’t always prevent the egg from ripening, the main function of the combined pill. Cerelle differs from other POPs as the dose prevents the egg from ripening meaning it is a highly effective form of contraception.

Cerelle Desogestrel can be more than 99% effective when taken correctly. Together with Noresthisterone, Cerelle is one of the only progestins that is commonly used as a POP and is the only new generation progestin that has reduced androgenic activity, reducing the function of the reproductive tract.

How to Take Cerelle

Always make sure you are taking Cerelle as prescribed by your doctor and by referring to the patient information leaflet for a general overview.

Each strip of Cerelle contains 28 tablets which is a 4 -week supply.

  • Take the tablet each day at about the same time- Swallow the tablet whole with water
  • Printed on the front side of the strip are the days of the week indicated by arrows helping you to take the pill correctly.

Cerelle pill information

Further information on Cerelle only pill includes:

  • If it is taken reliably and correctly, it is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • It is taken by most women, including mothers breastfeeding, heavy smokers, those with high blood pressure, migraines and those with a risk of clots.
  • The pill must be taken every day, with no breaks in-between packs.
  • The pill must be taken at the same time every day.
  • If you experience vomiting or diarrhoea when taking the pill, it may not work correctly.
  • Certain other medicines, if taken together with the pill, may affect its effectiveness.
  • The pill on its own doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections, so the use of a condom with the pill is recommended.

See our other contraceptive products, here.

Cerelle Pill Side Effects

As with any medication side effects can occur when taking Cerelle but these do not affect everyone. If you experience any of the side effects, or these become severe or persistent, please consult your doctor

Common side effects include:

  • Mood changes / depressed mood
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Breast pain
  • Cerelle Periods (Irregular or no periods)
  • Weight increase

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Infection of the vagina
  • Difficulties in wearing contact lenses
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Painful periods
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Tiredness

Rare side effects include:

  • Skin conditions such as: rash, hives, painful blur/red skin lumps

You should immediately see a doctor if you experience any of the follow symptoms:

  • swollen tongue, face or pharynx
  • difficulty swallowing
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing.

Cerelle can be taken by majority of women including those who cannot take oestrogen- containing contraceptives.

It may not suitable for women with:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that hasn’t been investigated by a doctor.
  • Breast cancer or a history of breast cancer- your doctor may say you can take Cerelle if you have been free of cancer for five years and you don’t want to use non-hormonal methods of contraception.
  • Liver cancer or severe liver cirrhosis.
  • Serious arterial disease, e.g. that has caused a stroke, angina or heart attack.
  • Rare metabolic disorders called acute porphyria’s.

Please read the leaflet provided with the pills or consult your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you want more information about possible side effects.

Cerelle Missed Pill

If you miss one of the Cerelle pills, you should follow the advice below:

  • If it is less than 12 hours late, take the missed pill as soon as you remember to and take the next pill at the usual time. The pill should still protect from pregnancy.
  • If it is more than 12 hours late you may not be thoroughly protected from pregnancy and the more tablets you have missed will increase the risk of pregnancy. Take the tablet as soon as you remember to and take the next pill at the usual time- this means taking two in one day which is not harmful. Continue to take the tablets as directed but additional contraception (such as condoms) should be used for the next 7 days.
  • If it is more than 12 hours late and you have had sex, it is safe to use emergency contraception- please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you have missed one or more tablets in the first week of starting the course of tablets and you have had sex in the week before missing the tablets, you may still fall pregnant- consult your doctor for advice.


Cerelle Period – Bleeding on Cerelle

You may experience bleeding at irregular intervals whilst taking Cerelle, which can range from slight stains to heavier bleeds. You also might not experience any bleeding at all whilst taking Cerelle.

Irregular bleeding with Cerelle does not indicate that the pill is not working and usually no action is required, and you should continue to take the pill as normal. However, if the bleeding increases or becomes heavier you should consult your doctor.

Cerelle Periods Stopped

A common side effect of taking Cerelle is that periods become irregular or stop altogether. This should not cause concern however if you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Cerelle Weight Gain

Whilst weight gain is not caused by Cerelle on its own, it can affect a person’s appetite by either increasing or decreasing this. If you feel that taking Cerelle is contributing to weight gain and an increase in your appetite, you may want to adjust your eating habits to help reduce the possibility of weight gain. If you feel that this begins to affect you negatively you should consider an alternative method of birth control.

Cerelle vs Cerazette

Cerelle and Cerazette both contain the same ingredients though some people report that they have experienced better results on one more than another. Some people suffer from migraines on one of the pills but find they clear up when they switch to the other. The main difference between the two pills is the cost.

Cerelle Alternatives

Alternatives to Cerelle which are available via My Chemist Plusinclude:

  • Generic Desogestrel
  • Cerazette

Progestogen only pill

The progestogen only pill (POP) works to prevent pregnancy by thickening the mucus in the cervix to stop sperm reaching the egg and the desogestrel pill helps to stop ovulation. The pills contain the hormone progestogen and do not contain oestrogen.

It is advised to take the pill at the same time every day (with no break between packs of pill) to form a routine, otherwise there is a risk of pregnancy, particularly if you miss a pill or vomit or have severe diarrhoea. Please note that some medicines can affect the efficiency of the pill so you should consult your doctor before taking any other tablets.

The progestogen only pill is suitable for women who are unable to use contraception than contains oestrogen. It is also suitable for women over 35 and who smoke.

Please note that your periods may stop or become lighter, irregular or more frequent.

Side effects can include:

  • spotty skin
  • breast tenderness

These side effects should clear up within a few months.

Please note that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so you would require a condom to protect against this.

How to take the progestogen-only pill

There are 2 different types of progestogen-only pill:

  • 3-hour progestogen-only pill – this must be taken within 3 hours of the same time each day
  • 12-hour progestogen-only pill (desogestrel progestogen-only pill) – this must be taken within 12 hours of the same time each day.

You can start the progestogen-only pill at any time in your menstrual cycle. If you begin taking it on day 1 to 5 of your menstrual cycle (the first 5 days of your period) it will begin working immediately and you will be protected against pregnancy and will not require additional contraception.

If you experience a short menstrual cycle, you will require additional contraception (such as condoms) until the pill has been taken for 2 days.

If you begin the progestogen only pill on any other days of your cycle, you will not be protected from pregnancy immediately and will require additional contraception until the pill has been taken for 2 days.

After having a baby

If you have just had a baby, you can begin the progestogen only pill on day 21 after the birth and you will be protected against pregnancy immediately.

What to do if you miss a pill

If you miss one of the progestogen only pills, what you should do will depend on if you are less than 3 or less than 12 hours late taking the pill (depending on the pill you take).

  • take the late pill as soon as you remember, and take the remaining pills as normal, even if that means taking 2 pills on the same day.


The progestogen-only pill is a very safe option of contraception however as with the combined contraceptive pill, there are some risks but for most women the benefits outweigh the potential risks

These risks include:

  • Ovarian cysts- Some women can develop fluid-filled cysts on their ovaries. These are not dangerous and don’t usually need to be removed. The cysts usually disappear without treatment. In many cases, the cysts don’t cause symptoms, although some women experience pelvic pain.
  • Breast cancer- There is ongoing research between the link to breast cancer and the progestogen only pill. There is not enough evidence to confirm that the pill will not increase the risk of breast cancer but if there is an increased risk, it is likely to be very minimal and will disappear with time after you stop taking the pill

Doctors do not believe that using the progestogen-only pill is likely to increase the risk in women who have close relatives who have had breast cancer.


Additional information


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