Cerazette is a contraceptive pill that falls under the ‘mini-pill’ category. Cerazette is a ‘Progesterone-only-pill’ or POP. This is an effective branded mini-pill, Cerazette is considered a good alternative to combined contraceptive pills for women who are over 35 years of age or women who smoke regularly.
Cerazette is a progesterone-only-pill (POP) or mini-pill. It prevents the sperm cells from entering the womb and in most cases, Cerazette also prevents the egg cell from ripening to avert conception. The active ingredient in Cerazette is Desogestrel, this is a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone that prevents pregnancy.
If taken in the first five days of your menstrual cycle, Cerazette offers protection against pregnancy immediately. In other words, if Cerazette is taken anytime within the first five days of your period, it takes effect straight away and you will be protected against pregnancy.
As an option for contraception, Cerazette offers women a lot of benefits for their health and daily lives. They are –
Cerazette provides women with protection against unwanted pregnancy and offers more freedom in their daily lives and sex lives.
It contains a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone called Desogestrel which helps regularize a woman’s menstrual cycle and reduces any discomfort associated with periods.
Cerazette is a mini-pill or a progesterone-only contraceptive pill, this makes Cerazette a great option of contraceptive for women who are breastfeeding or women who have low tolerance levels for the hormone ‘oestrogen’. Oestrogen is present in combined contraceptive pills – an alternative to the mini-pill.
Cerazette is a highly effective form of contraception as it not only prevents the sperm cells from entering the uterus, it also prevents the egg cell from ripening in most cases.
If you start taking Cerazette from the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will immediately be protected from unwanted pregnancy. When used correctly, Cerazette is 99% effective in preventing conception.
In case you are unwell and have vomiting or diarrhea – you may not be protected against pregnancy despite taking Cerazette. It is advisable to use a condom, along with the contraceptive pill while you’re ill. If you are sick for 24 hours or more, follow the same procedure as you would if you missed taking a pill.
One pack of Cerazette contains 28 film-coated tablets (4-week supply) which are to be taken once per day, approximately at the same time every day. These tablets are 75 micrograms in size.
You can start a new pack right after you finish the old one, without a break. Take the Cerazette pill regularly even during your period. Many women do not get their period at all when on Cerazette – this is completely normal and not a cause for concern.
You could be starting your first pack of Cerazette under different circumstances. Here’s how to start –
If you have never taken any hormonal contraception before – Wait for your period to begin. If you take your first Cerazette pill anytime between the first to fifth days of your period, you are immediately protected against pregnancy. Continue to take one pill per day from then on.
If you are changing over from another contraceptive method to Cerazette – You can start taking Cerazette immediately after you finish your last pack of contraceptive pills. If your present pack contains placebo pills, take Cerazette right after the last active pill, and don’t take any placebo pills.
If you have been using a vaginal ring or transdermal patch – You may start Cerazette on the day of removal of the vaginal ring or patch, with no breaks.
In case, you have a break in between the day of removal of the vaginal ring or patch and the day you begin Cerazette – use additional contraception such as condoms for seven days after starting Cerazette.
After having a baby – Start your regular dosage of Cerazette 21 to 28 days after childbirth. Use additional contraception such as condoms for seven days after starting Cerazette.
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Side effects of Cerazette are rare. However, some women experience irregular vaginal bleeding. This ranges from slight staining to heavy bleeding which requires women to use a sanitary pad or tampon. Vaginal bleeding as a side effect of Cerazette usually seems like a scanty period. This is not a sign of ineffectiveness of the medication and it regularizes within 3 months for most women. Other side effects observed are –
Mood altered, depressed mood, decreased sexual drive (libido)
Breast pain; irregular or no menstruation
Increased body weight
Consult your doctor before starting Cerazette, especially if the following conditions apply to you –
If you are a survivor or are suffering from breast cancer or liver cancer
If you have ever had thrombosis (blood clots)
If you are diabetic
If you have epilepsy
If you have tuberculosis
If you have hypertension (high blood pressure)
If you have or ever had chloasma
It is possible to take Cerazette in any of the above conditions but only after consultation and observation by a doctor.
Cerazette can mostly be taken with other medicines. However, before taking Cerazette consult your doctor and inform them about any other prescription medications, over-the-counter pills, herbal products, or recreational drugs that you may be taking before they prescribe a contraceptive pill for you. If you are on medication for any of the following conditions, Cerazette may interact with the drugs and cause complications –
Hepatitis C virus infection
High blood pressure
If you forget to take your Cerazette pill at the regular time, you have a 12-hour period within which you can take your pill without a problem. If you take your missed pill within 12-hours of your regular time, you will still be protected from unwanted pregnancy. Take the forgotten pill within 12-hours and the next pill at the regular time – this may mean taking 2 Cerazette pills in a single day.
If you don’t take the missed pill within 12-hours of the usual time, you may not be protected against pregnancy. Continue to take your pills as before but use additional contraception such as condoms for the next 2 days.
No serious harmful effects of an overdose of Cerazette tablets have been reported. Some side effects may be experienced, such as nausea, vomiting, and slight vaginal bleeding.
Can Cerazette stop periods?
Many women do not have their period at all while on Cerazette. But some women may experience regular, lighter periods, and some women experience more frequent or longer periods as a side effect of Cerazette.
Does Cerazette improve skin?
No, there is no evidence to say that taking Cerazette can improve your skin.
Can Cerazette make you put on weight?
Cerazette does not affect your weight in any way. If you find changes in your weight during your menstrual cycle, it is usually attributable to fluid retention and reasons unrelated to the pill.
Can I take Cerazette an hour early?
Taking Cerazette an hour early or later than usual does not compromise its effectiveness and offers the same protection against unwanted pregnancy.
Will I get pregnant if I miss one pill?
Yes, you may conceive if you miss one pill and have unprotected sex during that time. It is advisable to continue taking Cerazette as usual and also use additional contraception for seven days thereon. Consult your doctor to know if you might need emergency contraception.
Can Cerazette raise blood pressure?
Yes. Contraceptive pills can raise your blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to let your doctor know if your blood pressure is too high when you’re on the pill.
At what age should you stop taking Cerazette?
Women can stop taking Cerazette birth control pills after the age of 55, as conception after this age is rare. You can also stop taking Cerazette when you know you’ve reached menopause.
How long after stopping Cerazette can you get pregnant?
Your body needs a couple of weeks to attain the normal ovulation cycle after you stop taking Cerazette contraceptive. However, this normalization time is different for every woman and you may take up to 2 or 3 months to conceive naturally.
How many years can you stay on the pill?
You can stay on the pill for up to five years. Consult your doctor to know if you face any risks by taking Cerazette for a long time.
How long does the mini pill take to leave your system?
The mini-pill usually takes a couple of days to leave your system. It takes at least 2 to 3 weeks for your regular ovulation cycle to begin after that.
Can you just stop taking Cerazette at any time?
Yes. You can stop taking Cerazette at any time when you wish to conceive.
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