Understanding Your Cilest Prescription
Written by vanfreese on 2016-05-16
Cilest is an oral contraceptive drug. It contains two hormones that are similar to naturally occurring hormones. The consistent, timely use of this drug will help women from becoming pregnant.
How it Works
This drug prevents eggs from being released into the ovary. In some women, it can also change the lining of the uterus which will make it difficult for an egg to attach, and it can also make vaginal fluid thicker which makes it harder for a sperm to reach an egg.
Consistency is the Key
No oral contraceptive is guaranteed to be 100% effective. However, most oral contraceptives are found to prevent an unwanted pregnancy if it is used as prescribed. In this case it should be taken once a day for 21 days. For best results, you should start taking Cilest on the first day of your period. If you wait, you should avoid sexual intercourse, or take additional contraceptive measures, for up to seven days to ensure that the drug is in your system.
In addition to taking the pill consistently for 21 days, it is important that you take the pill at roughly the same time each day. Failure to do so may reduce the pill’s effectiveness and may require you to take additional contraceptive measures to ensure you do not get pregnant.
How Can You Be Sure It’s Working
This pill, like many oral contraceptives, requires a seven-day break. During this time, many women will have a withdrawal bleed. If you have taken your pills properly and you do not bleed during this time, it is unlikely that you are pregnant. However, if you have not been taking your pills properly and you do not have a withdrawal bleed for one month, and particularly if you miss two bleeds, you should immediately take a pregnancy test because there is a chance that you could be pregnant.
Consult Your Doctor
Birth control pills have become very common, and are usually very effective with minimal side effects. Upon taking your full medical history, your doctor will be able to help you understand any risks that may prevent you from using this or other oral contraceptives. For example, this pill should not be taken by women that are breast-feeding. There are also other drugs and vitamins which can interact with this pill. Your doctor is one of the best resources you have for answering any questions you have.