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About you

Have you discussed the contraceptive pill with your GP, practice nurse, GUM clinic health care professional in the last 12 months

Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse or healthcare provider that you should NOT use an oral contraceptive pill, patch or ring?

Are you currently using any form of contraception?

e.g. pill, ring, patch, implant, coil or other. Please provide details

Have you previous used any form of contraception in the past?

e.g. pill, ring, patch, implant, coil or other. Please provide details

Have you ever experienced any of the following

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding (when you’re not on your period) e.g. after sex or between periods
  • A severe headache associated with sickness and/or sensitivity to light
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

Your Health

Is your BMI under 35?

Do you smoke or have you given up smoking within the last 6 months?

Have you had your blood pressure checked in the last 12 months?

What was the value?

Normal: 90/60-140/90
Low: Below 90/60
High: Above 140/90

Do you have any allergies to medication or substances?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any of the following medication?

  • Epilepsy (carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, and topiramate)
  • Herbal medication for low mood (e.g. St. John’s Wort)
  • High blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs (bosentan);
  • High blood pressure (hypertension), angina or certain heart rhythm disorders (e.g. diltiazem).
  • Bacterial infections (e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin)
  • Hepatitis C virus infection (e.g. boceprevir, griseofulvin, telaprevir)
  • HIV infections (e.g. efavirenz, nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir);
  • Fungal infection (ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole)

Are you taking any other medication, including other inhalers and tablets for asthma, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, or recreations drugs.

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you suffer from any of the following conditions?

  • Blood clots (DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis of legs) (PE Pulmonary Embolism of lungs)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Attack or Angina
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Migraines
  • Stroke

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

For example, diabetes, heart problems, angina, irregular heart rhythm, overactive thyroid, etc

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?

Important information to know

I understand that if I am just starting this treatment, I should also use an extra method (such as condoms) for the next 7 days

I understand it is important to take the contraceptive pill every day at the same time in order to for it to be effective.

I understand that I should contact a doctor or pharmacist if I miss a pill or vomit in the first 4 hours after taking the pill to find out if I still protected against pregnancy.

I understand that if I miss two pills, I am no longer protected against pregnancy and will need to use extra protection (e.g. condoms) for the next 7 days

I understand that medication, e.g. antibiotics, can cause the contraceptive pill to be less effective and I should let my doctor/nurse/dentist know before they prescribe new medication for me.

I understand it is important to have regular STI checks, at least once yearly, and sooner if changing sexual partners

I understand the importance of regular smear tests. Cervical screening is offered to detect changes in a woman’s cervix that could develop into cervical cancer. It is done every 3 years for women aged 25-49 and every 5 years from 50-64 years.

I understand it is important to check my breasts regularly and contact my doctor as soon as possible if I feel any new lumps in the breasts

I will contact a doctor immediately if I experience unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain or suddenly collapse

I will contact a doctor immediately if I notice pain, swelling and tenderness in one leg (usually the calf).


We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication safe and effective for you

Cerelle (Desogestrel) 75mcg


Cerelle (Desogestrel) is a contraceptive pill. It is sometimes known as the “mini pill” or the progesterone only pill. It is a highly effective form of contraception.


Important Facts About Cerelle

Most frequent questions and answers about Cerelle as a contraceptive pill

Cerelle contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen, desogestrel. 

The contraceptive pill Cerelle prevents you from getting pregnant. 

progestogen-only pills such as Cerelle do not protect you from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), only condoms can help do this. 

You should not take Cerelle if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You have thrombosis
  • You have or have had jaundice or severe liver disease
  • You are suspected of having cancer
  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding

As with any form of medication, Cerelle has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cerelle.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Cerelle:

  • Mood swings
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Breast pain
  • Irregular/no menstruation
  • Increased body weight

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cerelle.

A common question asked, is “What happens if I miss a pill”?

If you miss taking the Cerelle pill, you must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember –  Following this, you should continue taking tablets at the usual time of day.

If you miss the pill for longer than 12 hours should also use a barrier method of contraception (e.g condom) for the next 7 days. Following the first week, it is not necessary to take further contraception measures.

You should take one Cerelle tablet each day, and should take a pill whole with water at the same time each day.

The Cerelle packet is marked with the day of the week, you should follow the arrow until the strip is empty (28 days). Following this, you should start a new pack the next day. 

Keep Cerelle out of the sight and reach of children.

Store Cerelle the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.

Cerelle does not require any special temperature storage conditions.

Do not use Cerelle after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton.

The active metabolite etonogestrel shows an environmental risk to fish. Do not throw away any unused Cerelle via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

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