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Cerazette Tablets

Cerazette Tablets (84 tablets)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Sat. 24 Oct.

Description for Cerazette Tablets

Progestogen-only contraceptive pills, like Cerazette, contain progestogens but not oestrogens. They help to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb by thickening the cervical mucus. Some can also help to stop ovulation depending on the type of progestogen they contain. If taken correctly they are over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Cerazette is a progesterone-only oral contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is desogestrel, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Combined contraceptive pills contain a form of oestrogen, whereas progesterone-only pills such as Cerazette can be used by women who cannot take oestrogen. For example, progesterone-only pills are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. If used correctly, Cerazette is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If you have been prescribed Cerazette, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Cerazette is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.

Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. Cerazette increases progesterone levels in such a way that prevents the release of an egg. It also thickens the fluid in the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the womb and fertilising any eggs which are released. 

There are 28 tablets in each pack of Cerazette. There is no interval in this treatment cycle – take the first pill of your next pack the day after finishing the first.


A progestogen-only pill like Cerazette is suitable for women over 35, smokers, women who are overweight and those who cannot take eostrogen.

Pharmacist Tip: Cerazette should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day within a 12-hour window. Your period may stop, become lighter or irregular. If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack and it is less than 12 hours late, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills in a day. You should continue taking your pills as normal and you will not need additional contraception. If you miss more than one pill or it is more than 12 hours late you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.

Non-Medicinal Contraception Alternatives

  • Female Condoms- Not only do they prevent pregnancy they also prevent STIs. There is currently only one brand available in the UK, called Femidom. Shown to be 95% effective. 
  • Male Condoms- Prevent pregnancy and also prevent STIs. Shown to be 98% effective. 
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

If possible, begin taking Cerazette on the first day of your period - if you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. Take one pill at around the same time each day.

There are 28 tablets in each pack of Cerazette. There is no interval in this treatment cycle – take the first pill of your next pack the day after finishing the first.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is nearly time for your next pill. If it is less than 12 hours after you were meant to take that pill, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If more than 12 hours have passed, you are advised to use additional contraception for the following seven days.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Cerazette, however if you do they may include:

Change in libido, mood changes, headache, acne, nausea, irregular periods, weight gain, breast pain.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredients contained in Cerazette are:

75mcg desogestrel

Cerazette also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Colloidal anhydrous silica, all-rac-a-tocopherol, maize starch, povidone, stearic acid, hypromellose, macrogol 400, talc, titanium dioxide (E171), lactose monohydrate

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Cerazette is unsuitable for you if you have:

  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of Cerazette
  • Ever had a blood clot in the leg or lungs
  • Impaired liver function (including jaundice)
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

You may be advised not to take Cerazette if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • A history of breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • High blood pressure
  • A history of blood clots
  • Chloasma

Do not use Cerazette if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Cerazette if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.

The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Cerazette:

  • Epilepsy medicines (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine)
  • Tuberculosis medicines (e.g. rifampicin)
  • HIV medicines (e.g. ritonavir)
  • Medical charcoal
  • St John’s Wort

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Cerazette?

    Cerazette is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is Desogestrel, which is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. Cerazette primarily works by preventing an egg from ripening. It also has the effect of hindering the sperm’s entry into the womb.

  • When should I take Cerazette?

    If you haven’t taken any other form of hormonal contraception in the last month, then take your first dose of Cerazette on the first day of your normal menstrual cycle. The pills are then taken every day, at the same time each day, until you reach the end of the blister strip.

    You can start using Cerazette on days two, three, four, or five on your menstrual cycle. If this is the case, ensure you use additional non-hormonal contraceptive methods for the first seven days of pill taking.

    If you are switching to Cerazette from another contraceptive pill, then you should refer to the patient information leaflet for advice. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor or pharmacist. The same applies if changing from a contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, implant, injection or intrauterine device.

    If starting the contraceptive pill following childbirth, a miscarriage, or an abortion, then it is advised to consult with your doctor first.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose?

    If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills on the same day. If your missed dose is less than twelve hours late, your contraceptive cover shouldn’t be affected. If the missed dose is more than twelve hours late, your contraceptive protection may be compromised. If this is the case, it is advised to use additional protection, such as condoms.

    If you have missed more than one dose in a pack, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Consult the patient information leaflet for further details. 

  • What happens if I suffer stomach upset?

    If you have vomited within 3-4 hours after taking Cerazette, or if you suffer severe diarrhoea within the same timeframe, your body may not have absorbed the full dose from your pill. Under these circumstances, the advice regarding missed pills should be followed.

  • Will taking Cerazette increase my risk of developing breast cancer?

    Cases of breast cancer have been observed slightly more often in women who take the contraceptive pill, compared to women of the same age who do not take the pill. Taking a progesterone only contraceptive, such as Cerazette, is not believed to increase said risk any more than taking the combined contraceptive pill.

  • Will taking Cerazette increase my risk of developing blood clots?

    Using a progesterone only pill, such as Cerazette, does carry an increased risk of developing thrombosis. However, this risk is lower compared with users of the combined contraceptive pill.

  • Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst taking Cerazette?

    Contraceptive failure can occur from using certain medicines designed to treat; epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV, and fungal infections. Also, St John’s Wort can also compromise Cerazette’s effectiveness.

    Before taking any new medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you may need to use additional contraceptive cover.

    The contraceptive pill can also interfere with how other medicines work. This can lead to either an increase or decrease in their effectiveness. If you are unsure about taking other medicines alongside your contraceptive pill, speak to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for advice.

  • What if Cerazette does not suit me?

    There are many varying brands and combinations of oral contraception. If Cerazette isn’t suited to you, then likely a suitable alternative will be available. Consult with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for further advice.

Authored By:

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William Obeng

MPharm IP

Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 02-02-2019

Reviewed By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 02-02-2019

Next review date: 02-02-2021

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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