MRCGP DFSRH DPD DRCOGLast review 11 June 2022
Clinical studies show that this is a more effective contraceptive than condoms and is on par with the coil (IUD), although often considered more convenient to obtain and use. Cerazette is one of the most popular types available and has a failure rate of approximately 1% per year. This guideline applies only to women who use it correctly - taking the tablet at roughly the same time every day.
Although generally well tolerated by the majority of users, it is not the best option for everyone. Women should consult with their doctor or healthcare provider before taking it if they are affected by undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, severe artery disease, liver tumours or porphyria. It may also be avoided if a woman has a history of breast cancer.
It works slightly differently to the combined pill, as it does not contain oestrogen. Most mini-pills work by thickening the cervical mucus so that the sperm cannot enter and making the womb inhospitable to a fertilised egg, however some types may also prevent ovulation, which makes them as effective as the combined pill at preventing pregnancy.
It is often prescribed to women who suffer from severe side effects when taking the combined pill. As it only contains progestogen the risk of side effects is lowered and those that do occur are likely to be milder and less long-lasting. Some of the most common side effects include nausea, headache, weight gain and irregular periods.
It is administered as a 28 day tablet pack, and unlike some combined pills, all the tablets within a pack contain equal levels of progestogen. A tablet must be taken at the same time every day. If you miss one or more tablets you may not be fully protected against pregnancy. Always read the patient leaflet before you start taking contraception.
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