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Desogestrel 75mcg Tablets

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Desogestrel 75mcg Tablets (84 tablets)

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Desogestrel - Progesterone-Only Pill

Desogestrel is an oestrogen-free contraceptive pill that contains just progesterone to prevent ovulation. Desogestrel gives you a 12 hours “missed-pill’ window, unlike traditional progesterone-only-pills (POP), which only gives you flexibility of up to 3 hours. 

If you are over 18 years old and need a repeat supply of your contraceptive pill, ordering the Desogestrel pill online is an effective and convenient option for you. To buy Desogestrel 75mcg tablets, just complete our online consultation to get your prescription delivered from The Independent Pharmacy as quickly as the next working day.

Desogestrel Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Desogestrel and what is it used for?

Desogestrel 75mcg tablets are a POP containing the synthetic hormone desogestrel, which stops the female body ovulating, to prevent pregnancy. 

Desogestrel 75mcg tablets are taken every day without a break and can be taken up to 12 hours late and still continue to be effective. Desogestrel is a great contraceptive option for women who do not get on well with products containing oestrogen and by women who are breastfeeding. 

Generic desogestrel 75mcg tablets are a non-branded version of common contraceptive pills such as Cerazette, Cerelle, Zelleta and Feanolla.

 

What does Desogestrel do?

Desogestrel is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone, progesterone. It is a relatively new form of contraceptive which works similarly to old forms of POP by thickening the cervical mucus making it harder for sperm to pass through the uterus to fertilise an egg.

In addition, new forms of POP such as desogestrel prevent the egg from being able to ripen, which stops most women from ovulating as the egg is unable to be released by the ovary.

 

Desogestrel & acne

One of the more commonly reported side effects of taking Desogestrel is that it can increase your chances of experiencing acne due to the skin producing more oil. For some women, however, they will find that taking Desogestrel 75mcg helps to improve the condition of their skin. 

Like many other medications, Desogestrel can affect people in different ways but most side effects should improve in the first few months. If you continue to experience or are concerned about any side effects you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist. 

 

Desogestrel & weight gain

Weight gain is a more commonly reported side effect of taking POPs, including Desogestrel. Research into the effects of taking oral contraceptives, however, suggests that there is very little evidence to suggest that there is a genuine link between the pill and weight gain.

If you are taking Desogestrel, or any other contraceptive, and you are concerned about your weight you should discuss this with a doctor or practice nurse.

 

Periods & bleeding on Desogestrel

Most women, who take Desogestrel or any other POP, will experience changes to their periods. These changes can vary from person to person but usually bleeding will settle within the first few months. It is not uncommon for some women to experience no monthly period while taking Desogestrel.

If you continue to experience constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Desogestrel, or you are concerned, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

 

Desogestrel and Ethinylestradiol

Desogestrel progesterone-only pill is a contraceptive pill that contains only a synthetic version of the sex hormone, progesterone. It is also possible to get combined oral contraceptive pills that contain both desogestrel and a form of the sex hormone oestrogen called ethinylestradiol. 

You can start your online consultation and buy combined oral contraceptives from The Independent Pharmacy. For more information visit our Contraceptive Pill page. 

 

Is Desogestrel the same as Cerezette?

Cerazette is a branded version of the progesterone-only-pill, Desogestrel. Desogestrel and Cerezette both only contain the active ingredient desogestrel 75 micrograms, and work in the same way to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Cerazette was the first POP containing solely desogestrel, however, the patent on this pill has now expired and many pharmaceutical companies are able to make generic desogestrel 75mcg tablets.

 

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How to take Desogestrel?

Before taking Desogestrel you must ensure that you have read and understood how to take Desogestrel, which is detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

Desogestrel is for oral use only to prevent pregnancy. It can be prescribed online by our medical team at The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years who are currently prescribed it by their GP. 

  • Take 1 Desogestrel tablet every day at the same time with a glass of water until the packet is empty.
  • Start each new packet on the top row and take the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet.
  • When you finish a pack, start a new pack in the same way the next day. Do not have a break.

 

 How do you start taking Desogestrel?

If you are not currently or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month:

  • You should wait for your period to begin and take your first Desogestrel tablet on the first day of your period. 
  • You will not need to use any additional contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you start Desogestrel anytime after day 1 of your period use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days.

If you are switching from a combined pill, vaginal ring or transdermal patch:

  • Take the first Desogestrel tablet, the first day after your tablet, ring or patch-free break, of your present contraceptive and use additional barrier contraception such as condoms for 7 days.

OR

  • Do not have a tablet, ring or patch-free break and start taking your first Desogestrel tablet the day after you take your last tablet from your present pack, or on the day of removal of your vaginal ring or patch. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception. 

If you are changing from any other progestogen-only-pill:

  • You can switch on any day and you will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS such as the coil:

  • Start your first Desogestrel tablet the day your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are using Desogestrel after having a baby:

  • You can start taking Desogestrel between 21 and 28 days after the birth of your baby and will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
  • If you start taking Desogestrel tablets after day 28 you must use additional barrier contraception such as condoms, during the first 7 days. 

 

Desogestrel missed pill

If you are over 12 hours late taking your Desogestrel tablet or you vomit or have diarrhoea with 3-4 hours, this counts as a missed pill:

  • You should take the missed pill as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel better and then continue to take your pills at the usual time the next day. You may need to take 2 on the same day.
  • You may not be completely protected from pregnancy so you should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill and have had sex, you can use emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy.

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Desogestrel tablet: 

  • Take the missed pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time. 
  • You will still be protected from pregnancy.

Desogestrel side effects

Like other medication, Desogestrel may cause some people to experience side effects. These normally improve after the first few months of starting these tablets.

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Desogestrel you should get immediate medical advice from a doctor or your nearest emergency department.

If you are concerned about any side effects or you find they do not improve after the first few months or after you stop using Desogestrel you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

The most commonly reported side effects associated with Desogestrel are as follows:

  • Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
  • Mood changes - low mood
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Headaches 
  • Nausea
  • Acne 
  • Breast pain and tenderness 
  • Weight increase

Before taking Desogestrel tablets, you should take time to familiarise yourself with all side effects detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

Desogestrel Ingredients

Each Desogestrel tablet contains the active ingredient desogestrel 75mcg.

The inactive ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, povidone K30 (E1201), d-α-tocopherol (E307), soybean oil, colloidal hydrated (E551), stearic acid (E570), hypromellose 2910 (E464), titanium dioxide (E171).

Warning: generic desogestrel tablets may contain soy.

For a full list of ingredients included in Desogestrel tablets, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Desogestrel warnings

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with Desogestrel tablets. 

  • Desogestrel like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against any sexually transmitted disease.
  • Speak to a doctor before taking Desogestrel if you suffer with liver disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Desogestrel like other hormonal contraceptives may increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should ensure you regularly check your breasts for irregularities and see a doctor if you are concerned.
  • Desogestrel in rare cases can slightly increase your chances of developing a blood clot. If you think you have symptoms of a blood clot you should see your doctor as soon as possible. 
  • If you are currently or have recently been taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Desogestrel. 
  • Always ensure that you keep up to date with your annual contraceptive reviews with your GP whilst using the contraceptive pill.

 

Desogestrel - Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

You should not take Desogestrel if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Speak to a doctor if you think you have taken Desogestrel during pregnancy. You can take Desogestrel while you are breast-feeding but you should discuss your contraceptives options with a doctor, your midwife or health visitor.

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 - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 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 & DPD 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, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

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

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

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
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
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.

Need to know more about Contraception?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Desogestrel 75mcg Tablets Reviews

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Published on: 09-11-2020

Last modified on: 09-11-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Leanne Sinclair

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Reviewed on: 09-11-2020

Next review date: 09-11-2022


Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.


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