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Pack of 3x 28 Cerelle 75 microgram desogestrel film-coated tablets

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Cerelle is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill. It doesn't contain oestrogen so it won't cause any oestrogen-related side effects.

You can order Cerelle online using Superdrug's Online Doctor service. Fill in a short assessment and your online doctor will check to see if treatment is right for you. If it is your order can be sent to you with no delivery charge, or you can choose to collect in store.


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To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.


Cerelle - 3 months £19
Cerelle - 6 months £28

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About Cerelle

What is Cerelle? – Cerelle is a contraceptive, or birth control, pill. It contains a hormone called progesterone. Contraceptive pills which contain only progesterone are known as progesterone-only Pills or the mini-PillIt’s known as a ‘third-generation’ progesterone pill. This means that the pill contains a version of progesterone called desogestrel. Cerelle is used as an everyday contraception to prevent a pregnancy. It doesn’t work as a morning after pill if you had already have unprotected sex. 

Cerelle works to prevent a pregnancy in the following ways

  • It stops the body from releasing an egg into the womb
  • It thickens the fluids that are found naturally in the womb, so that it is more difficult for sperm to reach the egg
  • It makes the lining of the womb very thin. A fertilised egg needs to ‘implant’, or stick, to the lining of the womb in order for it to develop. A thin lining of the womb stops this process from happening

Cerelle contains the following extra ingredients:

Inside the tablet In the tablet coating
  • Lactose monohydrate
  • Potato starch
  • Povidone K-30
  • Silica
  • Colloidal anhydrous
  • Stearic acid
  • All-rac-a-tocopherol
  • Polyvinyl alcohol
  • Titanium dioxide (E171)
  • Macrogol 3000
  • Talc

Yes, you can – start or reorder your ongoing treatment using our online consultation service. To get your supply of Cerelle, follow these steps: 

How to order:

  • Fill in a short online questionnaire which asks you about your current use of contraception and about your general health
  • Choose Cerelle from the list of available contraceptive options 
  • A doctor will review your questionnaire to ensure that Cerelle is suitable and safe for you
  • If you are eligible, your supply of Cerelle will be sent to the address of your choice by post

Why order online? – our online consultation service is a great option if you have a busy lifestyle. You can simply fill in the short questionnaire and order Cerelle at your convenience. Or, you may simply prefer not to make a face-to-face appointment with a doctor. 

Ordering in person – alternatively, you can make an appointment with your GP or with a doctor or nurse at a sexual health clinic. In your appointment, you will be able to discuss the possible range of treatments that are suitable for you. You can also get a chance to ask questions. When you and your GP agree on the most suitable treatment, your GP will then give you a prescription. Take the prescription to any pharmacy to get your supply of Cerelle. If they have it in stock, you can have it in minutes. Otherwise, you should be able to get Cerelle on the next working day. 

Who is Cerelle for? – you can benefit from Cerelle if you are a sexually active woman and do not wish to get pregnant. You don’t have to be already having sex to start thinking about using Cerelle.

How effective is Cerelle? – if you take Cerelle exactly as prescribed, it’s over 99% effective. This means that if a hundred women take Cerelle correctly for a year, less than one woman will become pregnant during that time period. The more tablets that you miss or take late, the less effective Cerelle becomes at protecting you against pregnancy.  

Patient reviews – some women have had a very positive experience using Cerelle. One woman reported

I've been [on Cerelle] for 8 months now and after one normal period they stopped completely! I haven't had any mood swings or weight gain, just slight breast tenderness and my skin actually seems clearer.

However, some have experienced unwanted side effects: 

When I went onto Cerelle my periods didn't stop, I was bleeding at random times on and off for months.

The bleeding pattern that women will experience on Cerelle is unpredictable; while some women’s periods continue regularly, some women’s become irregular and some women’s stop altogether.

You should not use Cerelle if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have been diagnosed with acute porphyrias
  • You have had breast cancer in the last five years
  • You have a condition related to your arteries
  • You are bleeding from your vagina and no cause has been diagnosed

Cerelle have some benefits beyond protecting you from a pregnancy:

  • Taking Cerelle everyday doesn’t interrupt sex. However, it’s important to remember that Cerelle doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so you should wear a condom if you think you could be at risk
  • Your periods can become shorter, lighter, or less frequent. Some women find that their periods actually stop altogether

How to get the most benefit – to get the most out of your supply of Cerelle, make sure that you use the medication exactly as directed. This makes sure that the medicine is as effective as possible and it could help to make any side effects less severe.

Risk of side effects – as with any medicine, you can have side effects when you take Cerelle. The most common side effects of taking Cerelle are: 

  • Breast tenderness
  • Changes in libido (sexual desire)
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dizziness or headache
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Changes in skin 
  • Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)

Risk of breast cancer – there is a small increase in risk of getting breast cancer if you have been taking Cerelle, or any other mini-Pill, for a long time. If you are worried about this, speak to your GP or a clinician in a sexual health clinic.

What to do about side effects – if you do get side effects with Cerelle, you might wish to carry on taking it for a few months. Most women find that the side effects settle down as their body gets used to the medicine. However, if the side effects don’t settle or if you can’t tolerate them, make an appointment with your GP or a doctor in a sexual health clinic where you can discuss alternative treatments.

Getting sick after using Cerelle – if you feel sick (nausea) or are actually sick (vomit) when taking Cerelle, it may be helpful to take the medicine with food. This helps to stop these side effects as the food dilutes the medicine when it gets to the stomach. Taking Cerelle with food does not make it less effective because the same amount is absorbed into the body whether or not it is taken with food.

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Rivera R., Yacobson, I. and Grimes, D. (1999). The mechanism of action of hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine contraceptive devices. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nov; 181(5): 1263-1269.