What is the Cilique contraceptive pill?
Cilique is a form of contraception, known as a combined pill. It contains synthetic versions of both the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which are called ethinylestradiol and norgestimate.
Cilique is manufactured by Consilient Health. A box of Cilique tablets contains three strips of tablets each containing 21 tablets. Cilique should be taken each month for 21 days followed by a 7-day pill-free week where most women will experience a withdrawal bleed, like a period. The contraceptive pill is one of the leading ways of preventing pregnancy.
What is Cilique used for?
Like other oral contraceptive pills, Cilique is used by women to prevent pregnancy. It will not, however, prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Cilique may also help some women to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), regulating periods to help lighten flow and make them less painful.
How does Cilique work?
A combined contraceptive pill such as Cilique works in three ways to protect you from getting pregnant:
- It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg each month preventing ovulation.
- It thickens the cervical fluid making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
- It alters the lining of the womb to make it harder for a fertilised egg to implant.
When Cilique is taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet it is up to 99% effective.
Cilique and acne
Cilique, like other combined contraceptive pills, may improve the condition of some women’s skin, making them less likely to get spots as the hormones can make the skin less oily.
There are, however, some specific treatments, including contraceptive pills that are better at improving skin conditions such as acne. If you are struggling with acne you should discuss this with a doctor who will be able to advise you on the best treatment options.
If you would like more information about acne and treatments take a look at our acne advice page.
The Cilique pill is an effective form of contraception but it isn’t the only option. We’ve listed some of the different treatments that are currently in use, along with a contraceptive that was previously an alternative to Cilique:
Both Cilique and Cilest contain the same active ingredients, norgestimate and ethinylestradiol. They also contain the same quantities but are manufactured by different brands so are named differently.
In 2018 Cilest was discontinued in the UK. Following this, Cilique is now widely prescribed as a Cilest alternative.
Levest contains two hormones; levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. It is a widely used combined contraceptive pill and contains the same ingredients as Microgynon and Rigevidon. It is an alternative option Cilique whilst still being a combined contraceptive pill.
For some women, a progesterone-only (mini) pill may be a better option. Examples of mini pills include:
Cerelle is an oral contraceptive pill that stops you from getting pregnant by preventing ovulation. It contains the active ingredient desogestrel, a progestin medication.
Desogestrel is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill. Desogestrel tablets contain the active ingredient desogestrel and this prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
Feanolla is a contraceptive pill that doesn’t contain oestrogen. Instead, desogestrel is the active ingredient in Feanolla. Desogestrel acts as a contraceptive by stopping your body from ovulating.
Lovima is a contraceptive that you take daily in pill form. Desogestrel is the active ingredient in Lovima and it prevents pregnancy by stopping you from ovulating. Lovima is the first contraceptive to become available without needing a prescription.
Before switching your contraceptive pill, it's a good idea to speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Find out more about alternative contraceptive pills or patches
If you would like more information about alternative contraceptive pills or patches that are available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy, please go to our contraception page. You can also learn about the alternative treatments available by reading our guide to the different types of female contraception.