Cilique Pills (cilest alternative)


  • By stopping the ovary from releasing an egg each month
  • By thickening the fluid making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg
  • By altering the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a fertilised egg.



What is Cilique?

Cilique (norgestimate and ethinylestradiol (250mcg/35mcg) ) is a combined oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy and is up to 99% effective.

It works in three different ways –

they prevent the release of an egg from your ovaries.

these hormones work to thicken the fluid (mucus) in your cervix (resulting in the sperm experiencing difficulties entering the womb).

the lining of your womb is prevented from becoming thick enough for an egg to grow in it.

Cilest is not suitable for all women and so it is important to understand both, the benefits and the risks of this medication before taking it. Not advised for women who are over the age of 35 and smokers.


Cilique is can be over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken in the correctly, as directed on the patient information leaflet supplied with the


How to Use Cilique

Cilique comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.

Take your Cilique pill at the same time every day.
Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills.
Swallow each Cilique pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Then have seven pill-free days

After you have taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no pills.

Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.

You don’t need to use extra contraception during these seven pill-free days – as long as you have taken your pills correctly and start the next strip of pills on time.

Additional information


126 Tablets (six months), 63 Tablets (3 months)