Janssen Cilag


Prevent pregnancy with Cilest contraceptive pill

Cilest is more than 99% effective at stopping you from falling pregnant, and can also be helpful in regulating periods and treating endometriosis.
This combination pill works in three ways to influence the womb environment to help prevent pregnancy.

  • Proven treatment for endometriosis and bothersome premenstrual symptoms
  • Provides convenient protection from pregnancy in a single daily tablet
  • Taken for 21 consecutive days, followed by a seven day break
  • Each pill contains norgestimate 250mcg and ethinylestradiol 35mcg
Cilest FAQs

What are the benefits of using this contraceptive pill?

Cilest pills provide immediate protection against pregnancy if taken on the first day of your period. A Cilest birth control pill only needs to be taken once a day, at the same time every day, which makes it a very convenient way to protect yourself against pregnancy. An additional benefit of this pill is that it can help make your periods lighter and less painful, and it allows you to predict when your next period will start. This contraceptive pill is also used to manage the symptoms of endometriosis, a condition where parts of the womb lining grow on the organs outside the womb and cause intense pain in the lower abdomen, back and pelvis.

How does it work?

Cilest is a combination pill, which means that it contains both oestrogen and progestogen. This contraceptive pill works by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg for fertilisation) from occurring, by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb, and by changing the womb lining so that an egg cannot grow there. Hormonal contraceptives will only prevent a pregnancy if they are taken regularly. It is important you take this medicine at the same time each day. If you want immediate protection against pregnancy, then it’s advised that you start to take the pill on the first day of your menstrual period.

Who can take Cilest pills?

You can take Cilest birth control pills if you are a woman over the age of 18, are not pregnant or breastfeeding and are looking for a low-dose oral contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy. Mention any health conditions or medications you are using in your consultation, especially if it is related to your heart or liver. You should preferably not use this birth control pill if you have high blood pressure.

Who cannot take it?

You cannot take Cilest if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. This particular birth control pill is also unsuitable if you have heart, liver or circulation problems, hypertension and if you are a smoker over the age of 35. If you have had any of the following medical conditions, you shouldn't take this contraceptive pill: phlebitis, blood clotting, hepatitis, jaundice, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), herpes, severe skin itching, otosclerosis or tumours of the breast, womb or ovary. If you currently have rotor syndrome, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Porphyria, liver cell tumours, moderate or severe high blood pressure, hyperlipoproteinaemia or gallstones, you also should not take this combined pill. You should ensure that you mention any medications or other information about your health when complete your free online consultation.

How do you take Cilest contraceptive pills?

You should start taking Cilest on the first day of your period for immediate protection. You can take the contraceptive pill up until the fifth day of your period, but you will only be protected after seven days. This birth control pill is a 21-day pill, so it should be taken for 21 days of your cycle, followed by a seven-day break. After your seven-day break, you need to remember to start your new pack.

During the seven-day pill-free period you will experience a withdrawal bleed, which is just your body removing hormones from your system. You won't have your period as usual, because Cilest prevents ovulation. You don't have to worry about additional protection against conception during the seven pill-free days, as the hormones that are already in your system will still cover you.

Are there any side effects?

Cilest contraceptive pills can cause side effects if you are sensitive to the active ingredients in the medicine. Side effects sometimes affect first-time users of the pill because they aren't yet used to the treatment. However, these symptoms don't affect everybody and usually disappear within several days. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tenderness, weight fluctuations, fluid retention and vaginal thrush.

Can you buy Cilest pills online?

You can order Cilest pills online from euroClinix and receive free overnight delivery. You simply need to fill out a free online consultation when you order. A registered doctor will view this, so that they can confirm that you are safely able to use this treatment. Once your consultation is approved, our doctor will issue a prescription that will be passed on to our registered pharmacy. They will then dispense your medication the same day via free overnight delivery.

Treatment Information
Product Name: Cilest
Active Ingredient(s): Ethinylestradiol and Norgestimate
Manufacturer: Janssen-Cilag
Description: Cilest is a popular combined contraceptive pill that offers almost complete protection against pregnancy
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 0.25mg, 35mcg
Application: Offering protection against pregnancy for women over 18
Posology: Take 1 tablet per day for 21 days followed by a 7 day break
Drug class: Combined pill (POM)
Alcohol consumption: No influence
When breastfeeding: Can possibly be prescribed, ask your doctor
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
Dr Stamatios Poupalos

"Hormonal contraception is used by millions of women to safely prevent pregnancy. euroClinix allows you to order your contraception online, when it’s not entirely convenient to go to your doctor."

Genuine medication

Here at euroClinix, your safety is our priority. That is why we only supply genuine treatments dispensed by registered UK pharmacies.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)Janssen-Cilag Cilest
  • Genuine medication
  • Prescribed by a registered doctor
  • Dispatched from a licensed UK pharmacy

Compare Cilest

If you are unsure which combined contraceptive pill to choose, simply select up to four pills from the table below to compare the features and benefits of each.

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