Cilest is designed to help prevent unwanted pregnancy. It works by:
- Stopping your ovulation (a process where your ovaries release a mature egg each month)
- Increase the thickness of the mucus lining at the neck of the womb to make it harder for sperm to pass through
- Making the lining of your uterus thinner so a fertilized egg can’t implant itself and grow
Like most combined pills, Cilest, when used as directed, will protect you from unwanted pregnancy 99% of the time. It will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases so, we strongly encourage using a condom if you have multiple sex partners.
Cilest is ideal for women who have no major health issues. This medication is not suitable for women who:
- Are 35 years and above
- Are smokers
- Are very overweight
- Have had a heart attack or strike
- Have had a blood clot in the lungs or leg
How to Use Cilest
You can start taking Cilest at any time. Since Cilest is a 21-day pill, you need to take this medication every day for 21 days. This is followed by 7 pill-free days. To help you keep on track, each blister in the strip is marked with a day of the week.
Don’t break or chew the tablet. It is recommended to take Cilest with water.
Missing a tablet can affect the effectiveness of the pill. If you missed a dose, take one right away, even if this means taking two pills within a small time period. Then continue on your regular schedule. If you have sex, consider using additional contraceptives in the days after your missed dose.
Being sick, vomiting, and diarrhoea can affect your body’s ability to absorb the hormones. If you suffer from any of these, take another pill from the extra strip to compensate. Then continue as normal.
Persistent vomiting and diarrhoea (more than 24 hours), however, is another story. We strongly encourage you to use additional forms of contraceptive in the next 7 days after your recovery.
Don’t forget to consult with your doctor or pharmacist for advice on how to proceed. In some cases, they may prescribe you an emergency contraception pill.
Cilest Side Effects
The side effects of Cilest are rare and not every woman experiences them. These side effects include:
- Painful periods
- Urinary tract infection
- Weight gain
There’s also a small risk for developing liver problems, breast cancer, and blood clots when taking this medication.