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To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Cerazette, Microlite, or Cilest. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.
Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.
A consultation for the contraceptive pill costs €20.
Cerazette is an oestrogen-free contraceptive pill containing synthetic progesterone (desogestrel). It is taken to prevent pregnancy. It is an option for women who want to or need to avoid oestrogen, yet it has the greater flexibility of the combined contraceptives in terms of when you can take the pill. Cerazette can be taken in a 12 hour window around a fixed time each day. Other oestrogen-free pills have to be taken within a more restrictive 3 hour window, so this is one of the attractions of taking Cerazette.
If you want or need a POP instead of a combined oral contraceptive (COC), Cerazette with its 12 hour window provides more flexibility than other POPs which only have a 3 hour window. Cerazette also acts differently to other POPs : it stops ovulation, whereas most POPs do not consistently suppress ovulation, but depend on cervical mucus for the most part on their effects. Cerazette is therefore the most effective of the POPs.
POPs allow you to use contraception during breastfeeding, and are the recommended type of contraceptive for smokers over 35 years old and for women with body mass index (BMI) more than 35 kg/m2.
The active ingredient in Cerazette, desogestrel, prevents ovulation (egg release from the ovaries) and increases the thickness of the womb’s mucus lining, which makes it more difficult for sperm to access the womb from the vagina.
Minipills like Cerazette are highly effective and prevent over 99% of pregnancies if used correctly
Many of the other contraceptives are combined, meaning they contain more than one synthetic hormone (usually various versions of oestrogen and progesterone). However, Cerazette contains only synthetic progesterone (desogestrel) so it is one of the “progesterone only” pills or “POPs”. Cerazette must be taken every day, regardless of cycle, unlike the combined contraceptives, which are taken for 21 days, starting on the first day of your period.
Cerazette is different from the other progesterone only pills as it actually stops ovulation, making it more effective. The other “POPs” do not do this.
Since Cerazette does not contain oestrogen, the risks of deep vein thrombosis are eliminated compared to combined oral contraceptives (COCs). Cerazette will not affect breast milk and so can be taken by breast-feeding women, unlike the combined contraceptives. However, you should still inform your doctor if you would like to take Cerazette when breast feeding. In comparison with the other POPs, which have a three hour window, Cerazette can be taken within a 12 hour window around a fixed time every day, which may be more convenient for your lifestyle. Cerazette can also be taken by women who have been advised not to take a combination pill (for example because they are over 35 and smoke).
Yes, the contraceptive is reversible. Once you are off the minipill, there is a normal chance you will get pregnant. However, if you take your pills consistently and as recommended, protection against pregnancy is over 99% effective.
You cannot take Cerazette if you are pregnant. However, you can take Cerazette if you are breast feeding, unlike combined contraceptives which contain oestrogen. In addition, women who smoke can take Cerazette as it is oestrogen-free. Oestrogen in combination with smoking significantly increases cardiovascular risks and the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), i.e. blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, particularly in women over 35.
One disadvantage is that you may not get periods whilst on Cerazette (but some women might see this as and advantage), or periods may become infrequent and very light. In addition, as with all oral contraceptives, you need to take the pill at roughly the same time every day.
Yes, there are a wide range of POPs including Femulen, Micronor, Norgeston and Noriday. However, Cerazette is probably the best of the progesterone pills because it can be taken within a 12 hour time frame around a fixed time each day, compared to a 3 hour window with many other POPs. This factor can help you stick to a more effective pill-taking routine. Furthermore, Cerazette also stops ovulation unlike the other POPs, making it the most effective progesterone-only pill.
No particular food has been found to interact with Cerazette, so you should be able to eat as normal.
No. DrEd will send Cerazette to you after a consultation, provided Cerazette is suitable for your needs.
Since you need to take Cerazette every day for the treatment to be effective, it does not matter exactly when you start taking the Cerazette. It will take a couple of days for the treatment to be effective, so during this time you need to take extra precautions and wear a condom.
Taking Cerazette does not protect you from STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Using a condom is the best way to provide STI protection, and it is a good back up precaution for preventing pregnancy.
Alcohol does not interact with Cerazette and will not make the contraceptive treatment any less effective. Therefore, it is medically acceptable to drink whilst on Cerazette. However, drinking too much alcohol can have very severe impacts on your general health and so should be avoided.
There is no sure way of telling if your treatment is working unless you can test whether you are pregnant or not. It is normal that periods are suppressed or become infrequent or light whilst using Cerazette.
You are not necessarily pregnant if you miss a period whilst on Cerazette.
However, if you are concerned, take a pregnancy test or talk to your doctor.
A Cerazette tablet contains 75 micrograms of Desogestrel. You should take one per day. Taking more than this will not have an adverse health effect, but it will not improve your protection and may make you feel nauseous.
You should take the pill at the same time every day, so that you are taking a pill roughly every 24 hours. Do not panic if this fluctuates within a 12 hour window around the daily time you selected. However, if you do not take a pill in your assigned 12 hour window, you should just wait until when your next pill is due and remember to take this. You will still be protected from pregnancy.
However, if you miss one or more tablets in the very first week of treatment and had intercourse in the week before missing the tablets, there is a chance you can become pregnant. You should ask your doctor for advice.
If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking the pill, it may not have been absorbed into your body properly. In this case, take another pill as soon as possible and then continue treatment as usual.
Cerazette contains 75 micrograms of Desogestrel as the active ingredient. This is a synthetic version of progesterone, which occurs naturally in the body.
As Cerazette does not contain oestrogen, users are not at risk to some of the side effects associated with taking a combined contraceptive.
Almost half of women experience bleeding irregularities whilst on Cerazette, so you should not worry if this applies to you ; it simply shows that the hormone in the tablet is affecting your body as it should.
These will affect around 10% of women.
These will be experienced by between 1 and 10% of women.
In very rare cases, the breasts may give off discharge or an ectopic pregnancy may be experienced. However, Cerazette avoids many of the more severe side effects associated with the combined contraceptives.
Also, if any of these effects start when you begin to take Cerazette, you should stop the treatment and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
You should be aware that any contraceptive pill can increase your risk of breast cancer.
This risk is only really significant if you or your immediate family have had breast cancer before. You should speak to your doctor if this applies to you. The risk of breast cancer only increases by around 0.3% in women that are taking Cerazette compared to women who do not take any contraceptive pill. This increased risk will disappear after 10 years of stopping contraceptive treatment.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.
If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.
You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.
If you would like to avail of DrEd's services but do not live in Ireland, please be aware that we also operate in:
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We want to make it easier and more affordable for you to access the healthcare you need.
Orders placed before 4pm will be dispatched the same day.
Delivered to your chosen address within 3-5 working days.
For urgent orders, delivered to your chosen pharmacy from 1 hour of placing your order if placed Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
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