Cimizt is a combined pill that contains a standard dose of oestrogen, and a progestogen called desogestrel - which is in most mini pills. It may be a good option to try if pills like Microgynon and Rigevidon in Group 5 don't suit you.
What is in the Cimizt pill?
Alternative to Cimizt pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 6 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Cimizt and Marvelon contain the same types and doses of oestrogen and progestogen, so they are essentially the same pill but with different names.
Is the Cimizt pill good for acne?
Taking a combined pill like Cimizt may improve acne. It's important to remember, however, that the pill isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for acne. We recommend that you check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Cimizt affects their complexion. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can the Cimizt pill cause weight gain?
There's no clear evidence that taking Cimizt will affect your weight. However, a number of related factors could impact on your weight. The combined pill contains both the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These can have an affect on 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 Millinette impacts their weight. You can also find out more in our complete guide to contraception and weight.
What are the most common side effects of Cimizt?
The most common side effects listed in the patient information leaflet for Cimizt are headaches, weight gain, painful or tender breasts, depression or mood changes and stomach problems, such as nausea or abdominal pain. This is very similar to the side effects that are reported by women who have reviewed Cimizt at The Lowdown. Head to the side effects section for more information on other The Lowdown users' experiences.
Can I buy Cimizt online?
You can order Cimizt 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 Cimizt pill works:
Cimizt is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb) whilst also stopping ovulation. The combined pill also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Cimizt is around 93% effective with typical use, which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking it each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Cimizt pill:
You should take your Cimizt pill around the same time every day. 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. Cimizt is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back). Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Cimizt 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 should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Cimizt pill:
Cimizt is very safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.