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Zelleta

Zelleta is a brand of hormonal contraception that only contains desogestrel. Desogestrel is a progestogen, meaning that it’s a synthetic version of the naturally-occurring female sex hormone; progesterone.

Progesterone only pills (POPs) or mini-pills have been around for many years now and are an effective alternative to the more traditional combined contraceptives. It works in the same way, by preventing the release of an egg and also thickening the cervical mucus, meaning that sperm will find it more difficult to reach the womb.

Zelleta can be taken by women that can’t have oestrogen, those over 35, and even those that are heavy smokers, making it a great alternative all-round to the combined pills.

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What is Zelleta?

Zelleta is a branded form of a hormonal contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is desogestrel, making it a progesterone-only pill (POP), also known as mini-pills.

Progesterone only pills can be taken by more women than combined pills, as they contain no oestrogen which many women might be sensitive to.

Desogestrel is a progestogen, meaning that it’s a synthetic form of progesterone; a female sex hormone that’s produced in the ovaries.

How does Zelleta work?

Zeletta works by preventing the release of an egg each month, and also thickens the mucus around the cervix. Because of this, not only will there be no egg to be fertilised, but it’s also much harder for sperm to get through the cervical mucus to reach the womb. Essentially, it convinces the body that it’s already prepared for pregnancy.

Zelleta works in the same way as most hormonal birth control, so don’t let the name “mini-pill” confuse you. The term mini-pill doesn’t mean that Zelleta or any other progesterone-only pills are less effective than combined ones, it just means that it only contains one hormone rather than two.

Some mini pills don’t contain enough progesterone to stop an egg cell from ripening, but in most cases, the dose in Zelleta (75mcg) does prevent this happening. However, there may be cases where it doesn’t.

Can I take Zelleta?

You’re more likely to be able to take Zelleta than any combined pills as it doesn’t contain oestrogen; a hormone that many women are sensitive to, or can’t take due to their medical history. However, Zelleta is still a hormonal treatment and should be taken with caution, especially if you have any of the following conditions or health problems:

  • Breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Severe liver cirrhosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Jaundice
  • Epilepsy
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hypertension
  • Chloasma
  • Allergic to any ingredient of Zelleta
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

You should make an appointment with your GP if you recognise any of the conditions above and have been diagnosed with them. It might still be safe for you to take Zelleta or another form of progesterone-only pill, but your doctor might want to monitor you more closely than other women who take it.

Does Zelleta interact with any medicines?

Zelleta might be affected by some medicines, meaning that it might not work as well or vice versa. Some of the medicines known to have an interaction with Zelleta or desogestrel are:

  • Epilepsy medicines
  • Rifampicin (usually given for tuberculosis)
  • Medicines for HIV and other infectious diseases
  • St John’s Wort (for depressed moods)
  • Medical charcoal (usually given for stomach upsets)

If you need to take any of these medicines, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before starting Zelleta, as it might mean that you aren’t protected against pregnancy. There might be alternative contraceptive methods you can use that don’t interact with the above medicines, but please check before making any changes to your medication.

How do I take Zelleta?

Most contraceptive pills are only taken for 21 days, but mini pills are usually continuous, including Zelleta. This means that you don’t take a 7-day break between packs, and instead just start the new one as soon as you finish the last one.

Ideally, Zelleta should be started between days 1-5 of your menstrual cycle, as this means you’ll be protected from pregnancy immediately. If you start it any later than this or at any other point of your cycle, you’ll need to use additional (non-hormonal) contraceptives for 2 days.

Zelleta should still be taken at the same time each day with a glass of water. It doesn’t matter whether you take the medicine with or without food.

If you forget to take a pill and it’s more than 12 hours after the usual time that you take it, you won’t be protected against pregnancy and you should use barrier methods such as condoms or abstain from sex for 2 days. This gives the drug enough chance to build up in your body again to protect you.

As the mini pill is ingested, it can be affected by sickness or diarrhoea. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking the pill. It might not have been absorbed properly, and you’ll need to take another one as soon as you feel well enough to keep it down. If this is more than 12 hours after your normal time, you should use condoms for 2 days. In the case of severe diarrhoea, you should use barrier methods for the duration or your illness and for 2 days after you feel better.

What are the side effects of Zelleta?

Zelleta carries some of the same side effects as combined pills, and some of them can be unpleasant. However, if you find the right pill, you shouldn’t experience many side effects at all, or the ones you do feel will only be mild and bearable. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms associated with taking Zelleta are:

  • Mood changes
  • Depressed mood
  • Decreased libido
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Breast pain
  • Irregular periods
  • No periods
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal infections
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Painful periods
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Painful skin lumps

Whilst some of the above symptoms can sound alarming, try not to worry, as many of them are quite uncommon. If you do experience any of the above to a worrying degree, talk to your GP about alternative contraceptives.

What are alternative contraceptives?

There are many different methods of contraception these days, but in terms of progesterone-only pills, the following are available:

  • Desogestrel: desogestrel, cerazette, feanolla, cerelle
  • Norethisterone: micronor, noriday
  • Levonorgestrel: norgeston

Other pills may be available to you. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor for a full list.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

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Each pill contains 75 micrograms of desogestrel. They are taken at a rate of one per day, at the same time each day.
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UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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