Cilest Pills 250mcg/35mcg (replaced by Cilque or Lizinna contraceptive pills)


  • Replaced by Cilque or Lizinna contraceptive pills
  • Active Ingredients: Norethistimate (Progesterone) And Ethinylestradiol (Oestrogen)
  • 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription

Cilest has now been discontinued and the direct equivalents or replacement are Cilque  or Lizinna contraceptive pills which are available in my pharmacy contraception section.


Cilest is a combined female birth control pill (or ‘The Pill’) which means that it contains artificial progestogen and oestrogen ingredients. This hormonal contraceptive pill works by preventing ovulation, thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb to make it harder for sperm to reach the egg and it thins the lining of the womb to lessen the chance of a fertilised egg being able to implant. Simply taking one Cilest tablet per day, around the same time, will give you 99% effective protection from unwanted pregnancy.

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  • Cilest Pill Discontinued

    The Cilest Pill Discontinued in July 2019 after the manufacture who makes the drug announced they would no longer be making it. You may wonder what do now Cilest Pill Discontinued but there is no cause for concern as there are two others Cilest Pill Alternatives available here at My Pharmacy.

    Cilest Pill Alternative

    The Cilest Alternative Cilque and Lizinna are available to order with our free and easy to use consultation service, they both contain the same active ingredients, estrogen and progesterone so work in exactly the same way as Cilest.

    Cilest Contraceptive Pill

    The Cilest Contraceptive Pill which is known by many as  “The Pill” is a combined pill that contains to synthetic female hormones which are naturally made in the women’s ovaries, The Pill helps by stopping the release of an egg from the ovaries and therefore prevents pregnancy.

    Cilest Side Effects

    As with all medicines there is a small risk of experiencing Cilest Side Effects but this doesn’t happen to everyone. Some Common Cilest Side Effects but not limited to are:
    • Headache
    • Stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
    • Bleeding and spotting between your periods
    • Swollen hands, ankles or feet
    • Depression or trouble sleeping
    • Acne or a rash
    If you experience any serious Cilest Side Effects such as signs of: You must contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice straight away. For a full list of side effects see the Cilest Pill Leaflet

    Cilest Ingredients

    The Cilest Ingredients consists of two Artificial hormones called Progestogen and Oestrogen, these hormones help prevent pregnancy and in certain circumstances can also be used to help ease troublesome symptoms in some women who suffer from painful, heavy or irregular bleeding. If you have any further questions related to Cilest Ingredients please don’t hesitate to contact us at

    Can You Get Pregnant On Cilest Pill

    Can You Get Pregnant On Cilest Pill is asked by many, after all this is the biggest worry when using medications to prevent pregnancy. SO, Can You Get Pregnant On Cilest Pill? The answer is yes BUT like most contraceptives the chance of getting pregnant while using Cilest Contraceptive Pill is very low. Cilest can be over 99% effective if used correctly.

    Cilest and Cilique

    Cilest and Cilique are made with the same active ingredients so can be used in exactly the same way without having to worry about the side effects when switching to another Pill, as well as Cilest and Cilique there is another pill called lizinna that replaced cilest when the manufactures decided to stop making it.

    Cilest Pill and Acne

    The Cilest Pill and Acne are  commonly discussed amongst patients and healthcare professionals and although some contraceptive pills such as the progesterone only pill is known to make acne worse, Cilest Pill and Acne actually work well together, once the pill has been taken for a few months and  hormones in the body have been regulated, Acne symptoms can improve especially in cases where the cause is hormonal Ance. Please note – when using the Cilest Pill and Acne is something you suffer from you should always discuss any concerns you may have with your own GP prior to commencing treatment.

    Cilest Pill Reviews

    At My Pharmacy we take great pride in providing all over customers with an outstanding service.  Through our free online prescription service, you can trust us to deliver a high-quality service with affordable medicine dispensed by our licensed UK Pharmacy. Many customers leave Cilest Pill Reviews via email or via the trust pilot section of the website so everyone can access them. You can view all our 5-Star Cilest Pill Reviews at Trustpilot Reviews.

    Is Cilest The Same As Cilique

    When having to start a new pill after the pill you became comfortably with was discontinued we understand it can be worrisome and many customers have asked us Is Cilest The Same As Cilique? SO, lets help put your mind at rest, Is Cilest The Same as Cilique? YES totally, they both contain the exact same active ingredients the only difference between the two pills is the brand name and the manufacturer but they both work the same way and Cilique is safe to use straight after you have finished your last Cilest Contraceptive Pill left in the packet.

    Cilest Missed Pill

    If you miss a pill or or you begin taking a pack late, this can cause the pill to become less effective at preventing pregnancy. The chance of getting pregnant after missing a pill or pills depends on:
    • When the pills are missed
    • How many pills are missed
      When Cilest Missed Pill happens you should take the pill as soon as you remember to even if this means taking two pills in one day, if 12 or more hours have passed without taking a pill you would need to use an alternative contraceptive barrier like condoms for the next seven days. Please read the Cilest Pill Leaflet for more detailed information on Cilest Missed Pill.

    Cilest Pill and Weight Gain

    As with many female contraceptives the Cilest Pill and Weight Gain may be a concern but research shows there is no evidence to suggest that Cilest causes weight gain. Please see more information on the Cilest Pill and Weight Gain.  

    Cilest Pill Leaflet

    The Cilest Pill Leaflet has all the important information you may need but if you need any further information at all please feel free to give us a call on 01254 882800 we are always happy to assist.

    Cilest Alternatives

    The most commonly used Cilest Alternatives are  Cilque and Lizinna. You can view a full list of Cilest Alternatives and other female contraceptive medications that we offer at My Pharmacy Here.
  • Combined Pill

    <h2>Combined pill</h2>

    The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains artificial versions of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries.

    A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening usually by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping the release of an egg (ovulation).

    At a glance: the combined pill

    When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

    Other methods, such as the IUD, implant and injection, are more effective.

    The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days.

    You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.

    Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets.

    Minor side effects include mood swings, nausea, breast tenderness and headaches.

    There is no evidence that the pill makes women gain weight.
    There’s a very low risk of serious side effects, such as blood clots and cervical cancer.
    The combined pill is not suitable for women over 35 who smoke, or women with certain medical conditions.
    The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.

    There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:

    Monophasic 21-day pills
    This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmine and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.

    Phasic 21-day pills
    Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.

    Every day (ED) pills
    There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.

    Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

    It’s important to take the pills as instructed, because missing pills or taking them at the same time as certain medicines may make them less effective.

    Starting the combined pill
    Most women can start the pill at any time in their menstrual cycle. There is special guidance if you have just had a baby, abortion or miscarriage.

    You may need to use additional contraception during your first days on the pill – this depends on when in your menstrual cycle you start taking it.

    Starting on the first day of your period

    If you start the combined pill on the first day of your period (day one of your menstrual cycle) you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. You will not need additional contraception.

    Starting on the fifth day of your cycle or before

    If you start the pill on the fifth day of your period or before, you will still be protected from pregnancy straight away, unless you have a short menstrual cycle (your period is every 23 days or less). If you have a short menstrual cycle, you will need additional contraception, such as condoms, until you have taken the pill for seven days.

    Starting after the fifth day of your cycle

    You will not be protected from pregnancy straight away and will need additional contraception until you have taken the pill for seven days.

    If you start the pill after the fifth day of your cycle, make sure you have not put yourself at risk of pregnancy since your last period. If you’re worried you’re pregnant when you start the pill, take a pregnancy test three weeks after the last time you had unprotected sex.

    <h2>What to do if you miss a pill</h2>

    If you miss a pill or pills, or you start a pack late, this can make the pill less effective at preventing pregnancy. The chance of getting pregnant after missing a pill or pills depends on:

    when the pills are missed
    how many pills are missed

    <h2>Vomiting and diarrhoea</h2>

    If you vomit within two hours of taking the combined pill, it may not have been fully absorbed into your bloodstream. Take another pill straight away and the next pill at your usual time.

    If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.

    Very severe diarrhoea (six to eight watery stools in 24 hours) may also mean that the pill doesn’t work properly. Keep taking your pill as normal, but use additional contraception, such as condoms, while you have diarrhoea and for two days after recovering.

    Speak to your GP or contraception nurse or call NHS 111 for more information, or if your sickness or diarrhoea continues.

    <h2>Who can use the combined pill</h2>

    If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

    You should not take the pill if you:

    are pregnant
    smoke and are 35 or older
    stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
    are very overweight
    take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)
    You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

    thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
    stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
    anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
    a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
    severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
    breast cancer
    disease of the gallbladder or liver
    diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years
    After having a baby
    If you have just had a baby and are not breastfeeding, you can most likely start the pill on day 21 after the birth but you will need to check with your doctor. You will be protected against pregnancy straight away.

    If you start the pill later than 21 days after giving birth, you will need additional contraception (such as condoms) for the next seven days.

    If you are breastfeeding, you’re not advised to take the combined pill until six weeks after the birth.

    <h2>After a miscarriage or abortion</h2>

    If you have had a miscarriage or abortion, you can start the pill up to five days after this and you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start the pill more than five days after the miscarriage or abortion, you’ll need to use additional contraception until you have taken the pill for seven days.


    The combined pill with other medicines
    Some medicines interact with the combined pill and it doesn’t work properly. Some interactions are listed on this page, but it is not a complete list. If you want to check your medicines are safe to take with the combined pill, you can:

    ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist
    read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine
    The antibiotics rifampicin and rifabutin (which can be used to treat illnesses including tuberculosis and meningitis) can reduce the effectiveness of the combined pill. Other antibiotics do not have this effect.

    If you are prescribed rifampicin or rifabutin, you may need additional contraception (such as condoms) while taking the antibiotic. Speak to your doctor or nurse for advice.

    Epilepsy and HIV medicines, and St John’s wort
    The combined pill can interact with medicines called enzyme inducers. These speed up the breakdown of hormones by your liver, reducing the effectiveness of the pill.

    Examples of enzyme inducers are:

    the epilepsy drugs carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone and topiramate
    St John’s wort (a herbal remedy)
    antiretroviral medicines used to treat HIV (research suggests that interactions between these medicines and the progestogen-only pill can affect the safety and effectiveness of both)
    Your GP or nurse may advise you to use an alternative or additional form of contraception while taking any of these medicines.

    Risks of taking the combined pill
    There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.

    Blood clots
    The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:

    deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg)
    pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)
    heart attack
    The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that before prescribing the pill.

    The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors. These include:

    being 35 years old or over
    being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
    being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
    having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
    having high blood pressure
    having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
    having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
    being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
    Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill. Research suggests that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who do not use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.

    Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.

    Where you can get the combined pill
    Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include:

    community contraception clinics
    some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
    sexual health clinics – they also offer contraceptive and STI testing services
    some GP surgeries – talk to your GP or practice nurse
    some young people’s services (call the Sexual Health Line on 0300 123 7123 for more information)
    Find your nearest sexual health clinic.

  • Side Effects

    What are the possible side effects of Cilest?
    Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. See also the important information section above. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

    Nausea and vomiting.
    Abdominal pain.
    Breast tenderness and enlargement.
    Weight changes.
    Retention of water in the body tissues (fluid retention).
    Vaginal thrush (candidiasis).
    Change in menstrual bleeding, usually lighter periods or sometimes stopping of periods.
    Menstrual spotting or breakthrough bleeding.
    Decreased sex drive.
    Rise in blood pressure.
    Skin reactions.
    Irregular brown patches on the skin, usually of the face (chloasma).
    Steepening of corneal curvature, which may make contact lenses uncomfortable.
    Disturbance in liver function.
    Blood clots in the blood vessels (eg, DVT, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke – see important information above).
    Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you want any more
    information about the possible side effects of this medicine. If you think you
    have experienced a side effect, did you know you can report this using the yellow card website?

  • Further Information

    For further information consult the <a href=”” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>patient information leaflet.</a>