Progestogen-only contraceptive tablets contain the hormone progestogen. They are used to prevent pregnancy.
You can start at any time in your cycle. If you start within 5 days of the first day of your period, you are protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start more than 5 days after the first day of your period, you will need to use condoms (or don’t have sex) for the next 2 days.
You need to take your tablet at the same time (within 3 hours, or 12 hours if you are taking desogestrel/Cerazette®) each day.
Unlike some other contraceptive tablets, you need to take progestogen-only contraceptive tablets every day. There are no inactive tablets or tablet-free breaks.
If you forget your tablet, take it as soon as you remember, then take your next tablet at the usual time (even if this means taking 2 tablets at the same time).
If you are more than 3 hours late (or 12 hours for desogestrel/Cerazette®), you also need to use condoms (or don‘t have sex) for the next 2 days.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with progestogen-only contraceptive tablets including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Changes in periods
Mood changes, headache
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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