- Desogestrel Pill is a progesterone only pill (POP) used for contraception (prevention of a pregnancy
- Desogestrel does not contain oestrogen
- Desogestrel only prevents a pregnancy when it is taken correctly every day
- Desogestrel and other progesterone only pills are sometimes taken by women who cannot take oestrogen containing contraceptives
- It is important to read the patient leaflet for a full list of side effects and cautions.
How Does Desogestrel Work?
Progesterone is made naturally within a woman’s body during her menstrual cycle. Desogestrel contains a synthetic version of progesterone. When taken every day, desogestrel prevents a woman from becoming pregnant by thickening the mucus produced at the cervix (the entrance to the womb). This stops any sperm from reaching the egg, preventing fertilisation and the start of a pregnancy.Desogestrel pill
Desogestrel can also prevent an egg from being ripened and released from the ovary. This, combined with thickened cervical mucus, makes desogestrel a highly effective form of contraception.
How is Desogestrel Taken?
Unlike combined contraceptive pills which often require a pill-free break, desogestrel should be taken every day. There is no break between packs. Simply keep taking the pill each day and start a new pack with no break in between.
You should take desogestrel at the same time every day. If you take a pill late, or forget to take it, you should seek advice to check if you still have contraceptive cover. If you miss a pill, you may be advised to use a barrier method of contraception (such as condoms) or abstain from sex until desogestrel can start working again.
You should swallow the tablet whole, with some water.
What is the correct dosage of Desogestrel?
Desogestrel 75 Microgram
Each Desogestrel tablet contains 75 micrograms of desogestrel.
One tablet is taken every day. Each tablet in the strip of pills is labelled with the day of the week to make it easier for you. Follow the arrows on the pack to make sure that you don’t miss a pill.