Is Cilest available over the counter?

Can you get Cilest without a prescription?


What is Cilest?

Cilest is a type of combined contraceptive pill containing synthetic versions of both estrogen and progesterone. Cilest is primarily used to prevent pregnancy, but some women may take Cilest to reduce period pain or to delay their periods for a holiday or special occasion.

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Can you buy Cilest over the counter in the UK?

No contraceptive pills are available over the counter in the UK, this is because all contraceptive pills carry some level of risk. It is important that you have a doctor’s appointment so they can check if you would be at a higher risk of adverse side effects such as blood clots. You don’t necessarily have to make an appointment with your own GP to get the pill. You can also visit a sexual health centre or family planning clinic. Once you have been prescribed the pill, you can request repeat prescriptions from online pharmacies such as Dr Felix. It is recommended that you have a check-up appointment with a nurse every three months so that they can check that the pill you are taking is still the best one for you. 


Alternative Treatments

If you experience oestrogen-related side effects, you may want to try a low dose combined contraceptive pill such as Millinette. Alternatively, if Cilest is not suitable for you, you may be able to take the progesterone-only pill, or mini-pill, such as Cerazette or Cerelle.

There are a number of other contraceptive options available including:

  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Implant
  • Vaginal rings
  • Contraceptive patches
  • The Diaphragm

You can discuss these options with your doctor or sexual health nurse.

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