What is Desogestrel?
Desogestrel is a progesterone-only contraceptive that helps to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The good thing about this pill is that it has a 12-hour window, as opposed to most POPs that have a shorter window.
How it works
The active ingredient in these tablets is desogestrel. It works by stopping the process of ovulation in women. It does this by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus, making it preventing male sperms from getting to the eggs. As a result, pregnancy is prevented since male sperms are unable to reach the female eggs for fertilization. Desogestrel can be taken up to 12 hours late and will still be effective. It is a perfect option for women who would like to avoid oestrogen products. Desogestrel is also recommended for breastfeeding mothers.
What it Treats
- Used to prevent pregnancy
- Swallow a pill each day with a glass of water.
- Take your pill at the same time every day.
- Repeat the whole process with a new pack once you finish your pack.
- Don’t take a break when you are done with a pack.
Remember, you are still safe from getting pregnant during the 7-day pill-free break. But only if you took your pills as advised.
The most common side effects are:
- Weight gain
- Tender and painful breast
- Low sex drive
- Change in mood
- Irregular periods, breakthrough bleeding, or no periods