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What is Cilique?

Cilique is a combined contraceptive pill. When you take it exactly right, your chances of getting pregnant are less than 1%. If you take Cilique and make the occasional mistake by missing a pill, it’s not quite as effective. It still gives you a good level of protection (around 91% on average).

There are two active ingredients in Cilique pills, which are synthetic versions of the natural hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

How does Cilique work?

Cilique works in three ways to stop you becoming pregnant.

Firstly, it prevents ovulation. This is the process where the body releases an egg ready to be fertilised. If no egg is released, pregnancy can’t happen.

Cilique also changes the lining of the womb. So if an egg did happen to be released and become fertilised, it wouldn’t be able to attach itself to the uterus. This womb lining builds up and then sheds when you have your period.

The ‘period’ you have when you’re using hormonal birth control isn’t the same as a normal period, because the lining doesn’t build up in the same way. It’s technically a withdrawal bleed, which is usually lighter than a true period.

The hormones in the pill also thicken the mucus in your cervix. This makes it harder for a sperm to reach and fertilise the egg.

Is Cilique a generic pill?

Cilique contains the same active ingredient as Lizinna. So there shouldn’t be any difference in how well they work or their side effect profile. The only real difference between the two is branding, which means the packaging and name.

Another important aspect about generic and branded versions is price. Generic products tend to be cheaper, despite the fact they do almost the same thing as their branded counterparts. So it pays to always see if there is a generic version you can use.

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How to take Cilique

Cilique comes in packs of 21 pills. The blister pack of Cilique only contains active pills. The pills are blue and are taken for 21 days, followed by a seven day break. After this cycle you simply start the next pack of 21 and repeat. To be protected right away when you start taking Cilique, you should start taking active pills on the first day of your period.

It’s also important to take the pill at regular intervals to help you get into the habit of taking it every day.

This might be first thing in the morning or with a meal you have at the same time each day. You don’t need to take the pill with food, but if you do have an upset stomach while you’re using hormonal birth control, taking it with a meal might help.

Is Cilique an effective birth control method?

Cilique is around 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, which is as effective as reversible methods get. This means that out of 100 women taking it over one year, exactly right, only one will get pregnant. This level of effectiveness relies on the pill being taken as directed, at the same time, every day.

If you forget to take it occasionally, it’s still highly effective. ‘Typical use’ effectiveness for the combined pill is 91% (so nine out of every 100 women taking it over a year in this way will become pregnant).

What if I forget to take it on time?

If you do take your pill late, or miss a pill, Cilique’s effectiveness will be reduced. How much it will drop will depend on a number of factors. For example, if you start a strip of 21 pills late, that reduces the effectiveness more than if you miss one single pill.

If you miss one pill, simply take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills within one day. If you miss two or more pills in a cycle, you should take it as soon as you remember. You should then use an extra contraceptive, such as a condom, for at least seven days so the pill can ‘catch up’.

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FAQ: Cilique

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What should I do if I can’t take Cilique?

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If you can’t use Cilique or experience side effects when taking it, there are other combined pill options available with different hormone formulations. The mini pill, or progestin only pill, is also a great option if you have a condition that means you’re sensitive to oestrogen, or are more at risk of blood clots.

Our clinicians can help you find the right pill based on your medical profile.

Can I use the Cilique pill for acne?

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Many women find that combined pills like Cilique help acne. It isn’t licensed for this use, but Cilique is also less likely than some other pills to cause acne and other skin problems in women that are prone to these reactions.

It’s important to know that acne is a recorded side effect of Cilique. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Cilique causes acne (as it can be caused by a number of factors) but if your skin is getting worse, talk to our clinician about trying a different birth control pill.

Is there any evidence for the Cilique pill and weight gain?

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While weight gain has been recorded as a possible side effect for Cilique and combined pills, there is little evidence to support it. In other words, it’s possible to experience weight gain when taking Cilique, but because changes in weight can be related to so many other factors, it’s difficult to link the two.

It’s important to know that everyone reacts to medications differently. For example, weight loss has also been recorded as a possible side effect of Cilique. If you’re concerned about changes in your weight, speak with our clinician.

Are Cilique and Cilest the same pill?

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In clinical terms, Cilest and Cilique are the same pill. Cilest was manufactured and later discontinued by Janssen. Cilique is made by the same people and has the exact same hormones and in the exact same amounts.

If you used to take Cilest and found it helpful, but haven’t been able to find a replacement pill, Cilique might be a good option for you.

Is there more than one Cilique dosage?

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Cilique itself is only available in one dosage. The blister pack contains 21 tablets, with each pill containing 0.250mg norgestimate and 0.035mg ethinyl estradiol.

If you feel like you need a pill with a lower dose because Cilique is causing you persistent or unwanted side effects, then it’s easy to switch pills with Treated. Just log in to your account and our clinician know you’re thinking about changing. They can then go through the options available for you to choose from.

Do I need a prescription for Cilique?

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Cilique is not available over the counter. Hormonal birth control isn’t suitable for all women, so you have to talk with a medical professional to make sure Cilique is safe for you to use.

Potential side effects that occur when using Cilique could have a significant impact on your health. When you use hormonal birth control, you should have check-ups with our clinician to make sure it’s still the right choice for you.

Why should I buy Cilique online with Treated?

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Once you have your treatment, you can access our aftercare service, where we want to know about any issues you’re having with the medication and any changes in your health in general. We’re here every step of the way.
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