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What is Cilest?

Cilest is a combined hormonal contraceptive which contains both synthetic oestrogen and progesterone to provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. Cilest is equivalent to the generic Cilique and commonly known as "the pill".

When taken on the first scheduled day of your period, Cilest pills provide immediate protection of more than 99% and is easy and convenient to take for the vast majority of women. The tablet only needs to be taken once a day at the same time. The easiest application is either first thing in the morning or last thing at night to minimise the risk of forgetting.

Whilst the Cilest contraceptive pill was developed to stop unwanted pregnancies and is highly successful at doing so, it can provide additional benefits, such as:

  • making periods lighter and less painful, as well as reducing cramps and other PMS symptoms
  • regulating the menstrual cycle and making it more predictable when the next period will start
  • help alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis

How does Cilest work?

Cilest (Cilique) is a combined pill, which means that it contains both oestrogen and progesterone. The active ingredients present in each tablet are ethinylestradiol (synthetic version of oestrogen) and norgestimate (synthetic version of progesterone. These work together to create a hormonal environment like during pregnancy and through that cause the body to:

  • prevent ovulation (the release of an egg for fertilisation)
  • thicken the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb
  • keep the womb lining from building up, so a fertilized egg cannot grow there

Hormonal contraceptives will only prevent a pregnancy if they are taken regularly, at the same time each day. If you want immediate protection against pregnancy, then it's advised that you start to take the pill on the first day of your menstrual period. Otherwise additional barrier contraception (condoms) is needed for a further seven days.

Cilest and Cilique does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so if you are not 100% sure about your or your partner's sexual health, condoms are the best form of protection.

How to take Cilest

The pill is taken unchewed once daily with a little bit of water. Take each pill at the same time of the day (first thing in the morning or last thing at night is often advised to avoid mishaps) for 21 days of your cycle, followed by a seven-day break.

During the seven-day break, you will experience a withdrawal bleed similar to your period. This is usually lighter and shorter than the regular menstruation. During this time the full protection is still active. After your seven-day break, a new cycle is started with a new pack.

You should start taking Cilest on the first day of your period for immediate protection. You can take the contraceptive pill up until the fifth day of your period, but you will only be fully protected after seven days, so it is advised to use additional protection, such as condoms, during that period.

Cilest dosages

Cilest tablets contain the same dosage in all tablets of each blister pack. Each tablet contains 250mcg of norgestimate and 35mcg of ethinylestradiol. Whilst the days on each blister pack is clearly marked for your convenience, this means that you can take the tablets in random order and still be fully protected, as long as you take one daily for 21 consecutive days.

Precautions of Cilest

You can take Cilest birth control pills if you are a woman over the age of 18 and not pregnant or breastfeeding. Cilest (Cilique) is also unsuitable if you have heart, liver or circulation problems, high blood pressure or if you are a smoker over the age of 35.

Several medical conditions also prevent the use of contraceptive pill, such as phlebitis, blood clotting, hepatitis, jaundice, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), herpes, itching, otosclerosis or hormonally influenced cancers, such as of the breast, womb or ovary. If you currently have rotor syndrome, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Porphyria, liver cell tumours, moderate or severe high blood pressure, hyperlipoproteinaemia or gallstones, you also should not take this combined pill.

If you have any of these conditions, Cilest is not suitable for you, however there are many other forms of contraception that will be, such as hormonal tablets like the mini pill, the vagina ring or the injection. You should ensure that you mention any medications or other information about your health when complete your free online consultation.

Cilest side effects

Cilest and Cilique contraceptive pills can cause side effects if you are sensitive to the active ingredients. Side effects are especially common after first use of the pill while the body adjusts the hormonal levels to the pill and usually disappear once the adjustment is complete.

The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tenderness, weight fluctuations, fluid retention and vaginal thrush.

Where can I buy Cilest online?

You can buy Cilest (Cilique) online from euroClinix and receive free next day delivery anywhere in the UK. You simply need to fill out a free online consultation when you order. A qualified doctor will view this to confirm that you are safely able to use this treatment and provide a valid prescription if this is the case. Fre next-day delivery is included.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Sarah Donald MRCGP DFSRH DPD DRCOG Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 31-05-2023
Cilest information
Product nameCilest
Active ingredient(s)Ethinylestradiol and Norgestimate
Trustpilot rating4.8/5
Trustpilot reviews91
AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionCilest is a popular combined contraceptive pill that offers almost complete protection against pregnancy
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage0.25mg, 35mcg
ApplicationOffering protection against pregnancy for women over 18
UsageTake 1 tablet per day for 21 days followed by a 7 day break
Drug classCombined pill (POM)
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingCan possibly be prescribed, ask your doctor
When pregnantNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
Cilest reviews
The package contains 63 of Cilest®, an oral contraceptive that contains norgestimate and ethinylestradiol Excellent 4.8 91 patients have reviewed Cilest on Trustpilot
28 Jul

Product price reduction and discounts for regular customers are good to be considered.

05 May

Hope the cost is re-considered.

13 Jan

Hope there is more promotional offers so the price is lower.


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