Cilest / Cilest Pill

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Cilest contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones prevent an egg being released from your ovaries so you can’t get pregnant. You can also buy Cilest pill on a subscription-basis with 123 Meds, saving you time and money!

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Cilest Contraceptive Pill

Cilest contraceptive pills, often referred to simply as ‘Cilest’, are a popular choice among women who are looking for effective contraceptive options. Cilest is a popular choice for many women and comes with a range of benefits and potential side effects. So if you’re considering Cilest as your contraceptive choice or simply seeking more information, make sure you contact the pharmacists at 123 Meds, we can assess your personal situation and see if Cilest is the right option for you. As well as Cilest tablets, at 123 Meds we also offer other contraceptive pills, combined pills and a Cilest alternative if required.

Cilest is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill that includes two ingredients: Ethinylestradiol (an estrogen) and Norgestimate (a progestin). These types of hormones work together and help to prevent unwanted pregnancy by stopping ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus, and altering the uterine lining, making it a less favourable place for implantation. For more information, please call on the team at 123 Meds today, as well as Cilest, we offer a range of other contraceptive solutions. 

Everything You Need to Know About Cilest Contraceptive Pills

Cilest contraceptive pills are considered to be highly effective when they are taken correctly. They also have a success rate of over 99% in preventing pregnancy when used as directed. It is essential that the pill is taken at the same time every day to maximise its effectiveness. As well as being reliable, the benefits of Cilest include regulating your menstrual cycle, reducing menstrual cramps and pain, improving acne-prone skin and lighter and more predictable periods. 


Taking Cilest to Prevent Pregnancy

Cilest should be taken once a day, preferably at the same time each day, for 21 consecutive days, this should then be followed by a 7-day break where you should experience a withdrawal bleed. When you take Cilest, it’s vital that you follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on how to start and continue taking Cilest.

Side Effects

Like all medications, the Cilest contraceptive pill may have side effects, the most common side effects include nausea, breast tenderness, mood changes, and irregular bleeding. All of these side effects will usually subside within a few months, but if you experience severe or persistent side effects, we advise that you consult your GP immediately.

Common Side Effects:

Nausea: Nausea is a common side effect when starting birth control pills like Cilest, we recommend taking the pill with food or at bedtime which may help reduce this symptom.

Breast Tenderness: Some users may experience breast tenderness or sensitivity, this side effect will usually improve with time.

Mood Changes: Hormonal birth control methods can sometimes affect your mood, some individuals may experience mood swings or changes in mood, including increased irritability or anxiety.

Spotting or Irregular Bleeding: During the first few months of using Cilest, you may experience irregular bleeding or spotting between periods, this should improve with continued use.

Less Common Side Effects:

Headaches: Some individuals may experience headaches as a side effect of hormonal birth control, if these headaches become severe or frequent, consult your GP straight away.

Changes in Libido: A decrease or increase in libido (sex drive) can occur as a side effect of Cilest.

Weight Changes: While this is not common, some individuals may experience slight weight gain changes while using Cilest pills, however, these changes are generally not significant.

Skin Changes: In some cases, hormonal contraceptives like Cilest may lead to changes in skin condition, some individuals might experience improved skin quality and others may notice skin issues like acne.

Rare Side Effects:

Blood Clots: Although rare, there is a slightly increased risk of blood clots (thrombosis) which are associated with hormonal birth control methods, including Cilest. The risk is usually higher in individuals with other risk factors including smoking or a history of blood clots and high blood pressure.

Eye Problems: Some users may experience changes in vision or other eye-related issues while taking Cilest, should you notice any visual disturbances please consult your healthcare provider promptly.

Allergic Reactions: Allergic reactions to Cilest are rare but possible, seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as hives, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing.

It’s important to remember that while these side effects are possible, many people tolerate Cilest well and do not experience any significant issues. Should you be concerned about side effects or experiencing severe or persistent symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider. They will help you to determine if Cilest is the right contraceptive option for you as well as suggest alternative methods based on your individual needs and health history. We recommend that you always follow your healthcare provider’s advice and use prescription medications as directed.

Missing a Pill

Missing a Cilest tablet can reduce its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. What you should do if you miss a Cilest pill depends on when you realise you’ve missed it and where you are in your pill pack. Here are some general guidelines:

If you miss one active pill (less than 24 hours late):

Take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day.

Continue taking the remaining pills at your usual time.

There’s no need for backup contraception in this case.

If you miss two or more active pills (or are more than 24 hours late taking one pill):

Take the most recently missed pill as soon as you remember.

Discard any other missed pills.

Continue taking one pill per day at your usual time.

You may need to use a backup contraceptive method (e.g., condoms) for the next 7 days.

If you’ve had unprotected sex during this time, consider emergency contraception if you don’t wish to become pregnant.

 If you miss any of the placebo (inactive) pills:

It’s not essential to worry about missing placebo pills, as they do not contain active hormones. Just discard them and continue with the next active pill in your pack.


Cilest Oral Contraceptives

Cilest is a prescription medication and it will vary from person to person, your healthcare provider will need to assess your medical history, lifestyle, and individual needs in order to decide if it’s a suitable option for you. Before prescribing Cilest or recommending an alternative contraceptive method, we recommend that you speak to your GP who can help you to make an informed decision.

Cilest contraceptive pills provide an effective and reliable way to prevent pregnancy as well as provide additional benefits such as menstrual cycle regulation and improved skin. As an oral contraceptive, Cilest does NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections. If you’re considering Cilest as your contraceptive option, always use prescription medications as directed for the best results and consult your healthcare provider or GP for any concerns or questions you may have.

Why Choose 123 Meds?

At 123 Meds, we provide a range of treatments for all of your medical conditions including contraception and the Cilest pill, all you need to do is complete an online questionnaire, and our pharmacists will assess your prescription order; it will then be delivered discreetly to your home. When it comes to the treatments and services that we provide, here at 123 Meds, we are known for providing an excellent service. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose 123 Meds for the Cilest pill:

  • Easy to fill in a questionnaire
  • Quick service
  • Fast delivery
  • Discrete packaging

For The Cilest Pill, Contact 123 Meds Today

When it comes to the Cilest pill, at 123 Meds, we have got you covered. Our online treatment and prescription service can provide you with contraception that suits your needs and requirements; whether you have been using the pill for a long time or you are considering new options, there is a solution out there for you. For more information, get in touch with 123 Meds today; we can always be on hand to help you.

Our other products and Womens Health Services include the combined pill Ovranette, Zelleta, women’s health services, the contraceptive pill and the morning after pill

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