Cilest is an oral contraceptive. When used correctly, it will provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. Its two active ingredients, norgestimate and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle. Cilest is a monophasic combined pill, meaning each pill contains the same dose of norgestimate and ethinylestradiol.
If you have been prescribed Cilest, 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 Cilest 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. This process is controlled by the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Cilest contains two synthetic hormones, norgestimate and ethinylestradiol, which imitate these two natural hormones. They control the levels of each hormone in such a way that prevents an egg from being released. The Pill also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, by thickening the fluid that is in the cervix.
During a regular menstrual cycle, the endometrium (the wall of the uterus) builds up in preparation for a fertilised egg. Cilest reduces the extent of this buildup, making it less likely that a fertilised egg will develop into an embryo. As a further result, periods become lighter.
Cilest may reduce acne, and protect against conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease. It will not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
There are 21 Cilest pills in a pack. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.
You should not be taking a combined pill like Cilest if you are a smoker, it increases the risk of a blood clot and other complications.
Pharmacist Tip: Cilest should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day with a 7-day pill-free break after each pack. If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack, 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 you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.