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Zelleta Contraceptive Pill
Zelleta is a prescription-only contraceptive pill containing only progesterone. Often called a “mini-pill”, Zelleta is 99% effective when taken according to the instructions. Zelleta is a popular choice for women who cannot take products containing oestrogen, including smokers and those with high blood pressure.
If you are over 18 years old and looking for a reliable contraceptive pill, Zelleta is an effective and affordable option for you. To get your prescription of Zelleta at The Independent Pharmacy today, just complete a short consultation with one of our medical team.
What is Zelleta and what is it used for?
Zelleta is a progesterone-only-pill (POP), which means it contains only the synthetic hormone desogestrel, which stops the female body from ovulating, to prevent pregnancy. Zelleta unlike older forms of the POP can be taken up to 12 hours late and continue to offer effective protection.
How does Zelleta work?
Each Zelleta tablet contains 75 mcg of the female hormone desogestrel. Like other POP, Zelleta contraceptive pill works by preventing sperm from entering the womb by thickening the mucus in the cervix.
Zelleta, unlike older versions of the POP, offers additional protection against pregnancy by delivering a high enough dose to stop the egg cell from ripening, preventing ovulation.
How long does Zelleta take to work?
Zelleta will start to offer women protection from pregnancy at varying times depending on what stage of their menstrual cycle they are in when they start taking the pill or whether or not they are switching from alternative contraception.
For more information about how to start taking Zelleta and to find out what point you are protected from pregnancy, please see details on 'How do you take Zelleta?' over in the Directions section of this page.
Acne & Zelleta
One of the more common side effects of taking Zelleta is outbreaks of spots and acne due to the overproduction of oil in the skin. For some women, however, they will find that taking Zelleta helps to improve the condition of their skin.
Like many other medications, Zelleta 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.
Weight gain & Zelleta
Research into the effects of taking a POP, suggests that there is very little evidence that there is a genuine link between the contraceptive pill and weight gain, however weight gain is reported by some women that take Zelleta.
If you are taking Zelleta or any other contraceptive, and you are concerned about your weight you should discuss this with a doctor or practice nurse.
Periods & bleeding whilst taking Zelleta
One of the downsides of taking Zelleta is that it can cause irregular vaginal bleeding. It can cause temporary changes to your period’s frequency and intensity. You may miss periods, they may stop or become lighter as your body adjusts to the medicine.
If you continue to experience constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Zelleta, or you are concerned, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
Is Zelleta the same pill as Cerezette?
Cerazette, like Zelleta, is another branded version of the progesterone-only-pill, Desogestrel. Zelleta and Cerazette both only contain the active ingredient desogestrel 75 micrograms and work in the same way to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Other brands of POP also contain 75mcg desogestrel, including Cerelle and Feanolla.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with Zelleta tablets.
- Zelleta, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against any sexually transmitted disease.
- Speak to a doctor before taking Zelleta if you suffer from liver disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Zelleta like other hormonal contraceptives may increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should check your breasts regularly and see a doctor if you are concerned about any lumps or irregularities.
- Zelleta 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 Zelleta.
Zelleta in pregnancy & breastfeeding
You should not take Zelleta if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Speak to a doctor if you think you have taken Zelleta during pregnancy. You can take Zelleta while you are breast-feeding but you should discuss your contraceptives options with a doctor, your midwife or health visitor.
How do you take Zelleta?
Before taking Zelleta you must ensure that you have read and understood how to take Zelleta, which is detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
Zelleta is a contraceptive pill, taken orally, 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.
- Swallow 1 Zelleta tablet at the same time every day until the packet is empty.
- Start each new packet on the top row, take the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and then follow the arrows.
- Once you finish a pack, start a new pack the next day, in the same way as before. Do not have a break.
How do you start taking Zelleta?
If you are not currently or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month:
- Take your first Zelleta tablet on the first day of your period.
- You will not need to use any additional contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.
- If you start Zelleta 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 your first Zelleta 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.
- Do not have a tablet, ring or patch-free break and take your first Zelleta 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:
- Take your first Zelleta 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 Zelleta after having a baby:
- Take your first Zelleta tablet between 21 and 28 days after the birth of your baby and will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
- If you start taking Zelleta tablets after day 28 you must use additional barrier contraception such as condoms, during the first 7 days.
What if I miss a Zelleta pill?
If you are over 12 hours late taking your Zelleta tablet or you vomit or have diarrhoea with 3-4 hours, this counts as a missed pill:
- Take your 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 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 Zelleta tablet:
- Take the late pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time.
- You will still be protected from pregnancy.
Each Zelleta tablet contains the active ingredient: desogestrel 75 micrograms.
Each Zelleta tablet also contains the other ingredients: Lactose anhydrous, Potato starch, Silica colloidal anhydrous, Stearic acid.
For a full list of ingredients included in Zelleta tablets, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Zelleta side effects
Zelleta, in the same way as other medication, 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 Zelleta 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 Zelleta you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
Zelleta most frequently can cause:
- Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
- Mood changes - low mood, depression, anxiety
- Lowered sex drive
- Acne and spots
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Weight increase