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You may know it as the mini pill or as the progesterone-only pill. Either way, it’s the safe option for oestrogen-sensitive women, and gives you just as much protection.

Talk to us about what type of pill you’re looking for. Get personalised recommendations and expert advice. Order your mini pill online and we’ll ship your medication from our pharmacy. 

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    Blister strip of Cerelle tablets

    Cerelle

    Desogestrel

    Very similar to Cerazette and Zelleta. 28 day pill. 12 hour leeway if you take it late.

    • Starting from £26.00
    Blister strip of Zelleta tablets

    Zelleta

    Desogestrel

    Same hormone and same dose as Cerazette and Cerelle. 12 hour window if you're late taking it.

    • Starting from £22.00
    Blister strip of Cerazette tablets

    Cerazette

    Desogestrel

    Probably the most well-known brand of mini pill. 12 hour leeway if you're late taking it.

    • Starting from £29.00
    Blister strip of Noriday tablets

    Noriday

    Norethisterone

    Norethisterone-based alternative. 3 hour window if you're late taking it.

    • Starting from £22.00
    Silver blister pack containing 28 small round white tablets

    Feanolla

    Desogestrel

    Desogestrel-based mini pill, very similar to Zelleta, Cerelle and Cerazette.

    • Starting from £24.00
    Yellow blister pack containing 35 small white tablets

    Norgeston

    Levonogestrel

    Slightly different type of mini pill that contains levonorgestrel, and comes in strips of 35.

    • Starting from £23.00
    Blister strip of contraceptive pills

    Hana

    Desogestrel

    Similar to Cerazette, Zelleta and Cerelle, but you don't need a prescription for it.

    • Starting from £5.00

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    What is the progestin only birth control pill? 

    Mini pills (or “progesterone-only birth control pills” if you’re into the lingo) are a little different to what you might know as “The Pill”. Generally “The Pill” refers to combined birth control pills that contain two hormones, progesterone and oestrogen. Progesterone-only tablets have just one hormone in them (a type of progesterone).

    They’re more suitable than the conventional combined pill for some women, because they don’t contain oestrogen. But there’s virtually no difference in how effective they are as long as you take them correctly.

    You’ll take the progesterone only pill without a break, every day of the month. Difference being that in combined pills, you’ll get 21 in a pack (or 21 with seven inactive pills), or occasionally 24 (or 24 + 4 inactive pills). With mini pills, you get 28 in a pack (and they’re all active).

    How does the progesterone-only mini pill work?

    The progesterone-only pill works by thickening the mucus in the cervix. Yep, we know. Mucus isn’t everyone’s favourite word. But what this does is make it harder for sperm to travel through, and to fertilise an egg.

    There are different types of progesterone in mini pills, such as desogestrel and norethisterone, and the effects can be slightly different. As well as working some mucus magic, a desogestrel pill can stop ovulation too.

    For the progesterone-only mini pill to work properly, it has to be taken at the same time every day. If you are late taking the pill, it counts as missing it. The missed pill window is shorter with some mini pills (3 hours) than it is with the combined pill (12 hours), so be sure to read the leaflet before you start.

    What are the advantages of progesterone-only pills? 

    One of the biggest advantages of the mini pill is that it is safer to use for some women than the combined pill, because it doesn’t contain any oestrogen. You’re more likely to take the mini pill if you get migraines, if you’re breastfeeding, or if you are at a higher risk of blood clots due to high blood pressure or being overweight.

    The main disadvantage is that some progesterone pills have a shorter missed pill window at three hours (compared to 12 hours for most combined pills).

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    When we present you with stats, data, opinion or a consensus, we’ll tell you where this came from. And we’ll only present data as clinically reliable if it’s come from a reputable source, such as a state or government-funded health body, a peer-reviewed medical journal, or a recognised analytics or data body. Read more in our editorial policy.

    How effective is the progesterone-only pill?

    Very effective, when it’s used correctly. There are two methods used to measure effectiveness: perfect use and typical use.

    Perfect use is taking the mini pill exactly as stated in the instructions, without making any mistakes. Effectiveness associated with this method is over 99%, meaning that in 100 women taking the pill over a year, less than one will get pregnant.

    Typical use is taking the pill correctly for the most part, but making occasional mistakes (missing a pill, or taking it late). Effectiveness for this method is thought to be around 91%, meaning that around nine in 100 women using the progestin only pill will get pregnant over one year.

    When to start taking the progesterone-only pill

    If you’re not already taking the pill or using another form of hormonal contraception, you can start taking the progesterone-only pill at any point during your cycle. Or you can wait until you have your period.

    When you’re ready to start using progesterone-only birth control, pick a convenient time to take it because you’ll have to take it at this time every day.

    If you wait for your period, and you start taking the mini pill within the first five days of your period, you’ll be protected from becoming pregnant right away. So you don’t need to worry about using a diaphragm or condoms.

    You might need to go with another method of birth control if you have a shorter period. Use condoms or the diaphragm or avoid sex until you’ve used the pill for two days.

    You won’t be protected against pregnancy right away if you start taking it at any other point during your cycle. So if you’re not on your period and start taking the progesterone-only pill, make sure you use extra protection like a condom for the first seven days that you take it.

    Starting when switching from another pill

    When you switch from the combined pill or another type of progesterone-only pill, you can take your first one the day after you finish the last pill in your previous pack.

    If you’re changing from the skin patch or the vaginal ring, start on the day after your patch or ring is removed. If you do this, you won’t need to use extra protection.

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    Which is the best mini pill for me?

    It depends on you. And your body. If you’re sensitive to a particular progesterone hormone for example, such as desogestrel, mini pills like the Noriday mini pill (which contains the hormone norethisterone) and Norgeston (which contains the hormone levonorgestrel) could be better options for you, as they may give you fewer side effects. 

    On the same basis, if you get side effects from these pills that persist and are uncomfortable, the likes of Cerazette and Zelleta may be more suitable, as they contain desogestrel. 

    Mini pills like Norgeston and Noriday only have a three hour window in which to remember to take them, so if you take these pills more than three hours later than normal, your protection against pregnancy will be lowered. Cerazette and the generic, Cerelle, offer more flexibility here. They carry a 12 hour missed pill window, so if you forget to take your pill on time, there’s a bigger margin for error. 

    To sum up then, it’s really a question of what your body responds well to, and what it doesn’t. And with the missed pill windows, it may just be a matter of what fits your lifestyle best. We can advise you on the right pills for you, based on your health background, and you can choose your mini pill from there. 

    Is there a generic progesterone-only pill?

    Yes. A lot of the birth control options you know will probably be branded versions. You might know their names, their active ingredients and you might know what to expect when you start using them.

    When there isn’t one, single brand of a particular medication, and there are several versions available, these are called generics.

    There are several brands of progesterone-only pills available. Some might have different names, but they’re very similar pills with the same dose. For example, Cerazette and Cerelle are identical from a clinical point of view, but just come in different packaging because they’re made by different companies. But there shouldn’t be any difference in how well they work.

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    Have something specific you want to know? Search our info below, or ask our experts a question if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

    How does the Hana pill work?

    Answer:
    Like other POP (progesterone only) pills, Hana contains desogestrel, a synthetic form of progesterone. Upon taking the pill, it releases the hormone that prevents pregnancy in two ways:

    • stopping the ovaries from producing an egg

    • thickening the mucus in the cervix to stop sperm cells from reaching an egg


    Together, these actions make pregnancy much less likely to happen.

    Will I get a period on the Hana pill?

    Answer:
    Some women don’t get a period at all on the Hana pill, or other mini pills. But others get reduced or irregular periods. So, there’s no cause for concern if you get your period when taking the Hana mini pill. But if you have heavy or continuous bleeding, you should get medical advice as soon as possible.

    What other pills is Hana similar to?

    Answer:
    Hana is clinically similar to mini pills like Feanolla, Cerazette, and Zelleta since they all contain desogestrel. These progesterone-only pills are effective at preventing pregnancies in women with oestrogen sensitivity.

    How is Hana different from other pills?

    Answer:
    Hana oral contraceptive contains desogestrel that releases a single type of female hormone, progestogen. It differs from other mini-pills like Norgeston and Noriday since the active ingredients vary.

    What's more, Hana offers a longer window of 12 hours after a missed pill, while these other mini-pills only allow 3 hours.
    Hana is slightly different in that it’s a pharmacy medication. Most other pills require a prescription.

    When can I start Hana after giving birth?

    Answer:
    You can use Hana any day after giving birth, but it’s best to speak to your health visitor or midwife for advice. If you start between day 1 and day 21 after giving birth, you’ll be protected right away. If you start after day 21, you’ll need to use barrier contraception for a week while the pill takes effect.

    Do I need a prescription for the Hana pill?

    Answer:
    Hana is a pharmacy medicine and doesn’t require a prescription. But you’ll still have to consult with a clinician or a pharmacist before you can get it to make sure it’s safe for you.

    Why should I buy Hana online with Treated?

    Answer:
    Here at Treated, we want to make contraception easy, and you give you the power to choose what’s best. Consult a prescriber online to get personalised treatment recommendations. With our flexible healthcare plans, you can pause, change, cancel, and reactivate your online Hana subscription at any time.
    Once you subscribe to Treated, you can log in any time to ask questions or seek further recommendations at your convenience.
    The best part? Our expert clinicians conduct periodic checks to ensure the pill you're taking is still right for you. Together we'll find the best treatment for you.

    Can I get pregnant on Norgeston?

    Answer:
    You can, but it’s very unlikely if you take it as instructed. If you make mistakes when you’re using it, and have unprotected sex, your risk of pregnancy increases.

    Even when taking it perfectly, it can’t be said to be 100% effective. But your risk of becoming pregnant is very remote, so you can use it with confidence.

    Does Norgeston stop periods?

    Answer:
    Norgeston can stop periods, particularly during the first few months of taking it, but everyone reacts differently to the treatment. You may also find that you experience irregular periods, some unexpected bleeding or spotting. But usually, these changes aren’t anything to worry about and tend to go away once your body has adjusted to the medication.

    Unexpected bleeding can also happen if you’re not taking your pill regularly. If you get any breakthrough bleeding or spotting that persists after a couple of months, or if you haven’t had a period for 6 weeks, let our prescriber know.

    If you experience any breakthrough bleeding having taken Norgeston for a while, or if you’ve stopped taking Norgeston and you still find that you’re bleeding, you should contact our clinician as soon as possible.

    Does Norgeston make you gain weight?

    Answer:
    There’s no substantial evidence that any contraceptive pills lead to significant weight gain or weight loss.

    You can put on a small amount of weight when you’re taking the mini pill to begin with, but this can be caused by the body retaining more water than it would normally during certain points of your cycle. You should find that it disappears within a few months of taking the pill.

    Is the 30mcg dose of Norgeston the only dose available?

    Answer:
    There’s only one dose of Norgeston. If you get any side effects whilst you’re taking it, or if you’re looking for a mini pill with a higher hormonal dose, speak to our clinician. They may suggest that you try a different pill.

    There are many different types of contraceptive pills with various hormones and strengths. So you are likely to find the right balance for you.

    Can you get Norgeston without a prescription?

    Answer:
    No. Mini pills in the UK are prescription only contraceptives.

    Some mini pills aren’t safe for certain women to use, so you need to have a consultation with a registered clinician. They can help to pick out the right options for you based on your medical background, and any symptoms or side effects you’re prone to with the pill.

    Can Norgeston give me acne?

    Answer:
    Mini pills only contain a type of progesterone, which increases the skin’s production of an oily substance called sebum. Sebum helps to protect the skin, but excess amounts of it can cause spots and block pores.

    If you’re looking for a pill that can help to treat acne, the combined contraceptive pill, which contains a type of oestrogen as well as a progesterone, has shown to be effective in some cases.

    Why should I buy Norgeston online from Treated?

    Answer:
    Our licensed clinicians can talk you through your options in your consultation and help you to make an informed decision. Once you’ve decided, our clinician will produce a prescription for you, which will be dispensed by our pharmacy.

    After you’ve received your medication, you can access our aftercare service, where you can speak to us about any issues you’re having with the treatment or any concerns in general, no matter how small.

    How does Feanolla work?

    Answer:
    Hormone levels in your body rise and fall over the course of your menstrual cycle. This tells your body to do certain actions at certain times of the month.

    One of these is ovulation. This is where an egg is released by your ovary, ready to be fertilised.

    The progestogen hormone in the pill tricks your body into thinking that it’s already ovulated. So no egg is released (and it can’t be fertilised by sperm if it’s not there).

    Mini pills don’t do this all the time, so there are two additional things they do to make pregnancy less likely.

    One is that they make your cervical fluid thicker. Sperm then has a harder time getting through to an egg to fertilise it.

    Another is that they stop the lining of the uterine wall from building up. A fertilised egg would need to implant here to develop. With no lining here, the egg can’t attach.

    So as long as you take the pill correctly, these three functions have got you covered to a very high degree.

    If you miss the odd pill though, there’s a greater chance it may not work properly. Each missed dose reduces this level of protection significantly, with the NHS estimating that typical use averages around 92% protection.

    Does Feanolla stop periods?

    Answer:
    For most women, yes. It’s likely you’ll get some spotting or irregular bleeding at first. This is one of the most common side effects of the mini pill, but tends to stop after a couple of months of using it.

    Some women may get occasional spotting when using the mini pill. If this starts to concern you, or you experience heavier or prolonged bleeding, speak to our clinician. You just need to sign in to your account and send them a message.

    What alternatives are there to Feanolla?

    Answer:
    There are several different types of mini pill. Feanolla is a desogestrel pill, which is the same as Cerazette, Cerelle and Zeletta.

    There’s also Noriday and Norgeston, but the hormones in these are a little different to desogestrel. The missed pill window is also a bit shorter (you’ve got three hours instead of 12 on these).

    But they may be better for some women who take desogestrel pills and get mild side effects.

    What’s the difference between Cerazette and Feanolla?

    Answer:
    Very little. Both treatments contain the same active ingredient at the same dose.

    So are Cerazette and Feanolla the same? Yes. They both work equally well and their side effect profile is also very similar.

    Because they’re made by different manufacturers, they’re simply branded differently. And there could be a slight difference in cost, as well as the appearance and packaging of the pill.

    Are there any non-pill alternatives to Feanolla?

    Answer:
    Yes, there are. If the mini pill isn’t working for you or remembering to take the pill every day is tough for you then the depo-Provera injection or contraceptive injection might be a good alternative. It’s a progesterone only birth control which lasts for 3 months, so you only need to have it four times a year to stay covered.

    But keep in mind that it’s not something you can do yourself. You’ll need to be injected by a clinician or nurse.

    What else are Feanolla birth control pills used for?

    Answer:
    As well as being an effective contraceptive, Feanolla has other benefits too.

    The changes it makes to the normal menstrual cycle mean that it can reduce symptoms of PMS. It helps to stop periods while you’re taking it, so it’s helpful for women who have particularly painful or heavy periods. It may also help to reduce the pain associated with endometriosis.
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