Cerelle is a form of the mini pill (progestogen-only pill) which contains desogestrel. It is really safe for nearly every woman, but like all desogestrel pills, some of us have issues with breakthrough bleeding as there is no oestrogen in the mini pill to help with cycle control.
What is in the Cerelle pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 1 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Bleeding patterns can be unpredictable with progestogen only pill use and breakthrough bleeding is common. Science isn't quite sure why this happens, although we think it's that the vessels in the womb lining become more fragile. Luckily, this can settle the longer you use the mini pill. Over a 3 month period, about half of women will have no period or very infrequent periods. Others may have bleeds like normal, or have spotting or prolonged bleeding. Although these symptoms may be annoying, they can be normal. If your bleeding pattern suddenly changes consider doing a pregnancy test.
Does Cerelle cause weight gain?
There's no evidence that Cerella causes weight gain. However, a number of related factors could impact your weight. Hormone fluctuations affect how the body stores fat, retains water and even your appetite. More research is needed to provide a definitive answer so in the meantime, take a look at our user reviews to see how our community report Cerelle impacts their weight. You can also find out more in our complete guide to contraception and weight.
Can the Cerelle pill cause blood clots?
The progestogen-only pill does not contain oestrogen and does therefore not cause the increased risk of blood clots that is associated with combined methods of contraception (the combined pill, patch or vaginal ring). This means it can be taken by women who can't use combined contraception for medical reasons.
Can Cerelle cause hair loss?
The progestogen in Cerelle has the ability to be androgenic and may cause hair loss as a result. It's important to remember, however, that hair loss can have a myriad of causes, so it's best to consult your doctor for a diagnosis if you're experiencing this. Be sure to also read our full guide on hair loss and the contraceptive pill for more information
Can I buy Cerelle online?
You can order Cerelle online at The Lowdown from £7 per month (including delivery). Head to our Pill Prescriptions service to fill in a short questionnaire about you and your medical history. Your request will then be reviewed by our pharmacy. We'll post a 3 month supply of your chosen pill directly to your door in discreet packaging.
How the Cerelle pill works:
Cerelle is a small tablet you swallow daily that (unlike the combined pill) only contains one hormone – progestogen. It prevents pregnancy by making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant in it. Progestogen-only pills containing desogestrel can also stop ovulation.
There are a few things that can stop the progestogen-only pill from working properly including vomiting, some medicines, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the progestogen-only pill.
How to use the Cerelle pill:
Cerelle contains the hormone desogestrel and must be taken within 12 hours of the same time everyday. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Cerelle is designed to be taken for 28 days with no break between packs. Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Find out more about the progesterone only pill.
Coming off the pill is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you're no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you might want to consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill.
How safe is the Cerelle pill:
Cerelle is very safe for most women. The development of small fluid-filled sacs (cysts) on your ovaries is a possible side effect but they are usually harmless and disappear without treatment. If you do become pregnant while you’re using the progestogen-only pill, there may be a small risk of an ectopic pregnancy. It's also important to remember that the pill does not protect you from STIs.