Conception after Cerazette - positive things to say. Literally.

(47 Posts)
lemonmoon Fri 09-Jan-09 20:32:52

Hello lovely Mumsnet,

I've been reading for a while but I've been too shy to say hello before now.

I just wanted to put my own experience here since I checked the internet religiously for info once I decided to TTC, and I read so many horrible things about coming off cerazette that it scared me witless and I thought I would never get pregnant. I'm 36 (and a half) so time was not on my side either.

September: decided to stop taking pill on a Wednesday. On Sunday have hot flushes like you wouldn't believe, and two weeks after that breasts become so tender I can't touch them. They stay that way for another two weeks until AF arrives. (so just over four weeks in total)

In the meantime I've begun to panic and combed the internet for info about coming off cerazette and none of it is encouraging (but I suppose the people who don't have problems don't feel the need to talk about it).

October: become addicted to reading threads on MN. Let things take their course this month and AF arrives 27 days after the last one. Realise I might not be able to pinpoint ovulation without help...

November: use cheap Ov tests, but never get more than a faint line. We try of course, but I decide I am all dried up and begin to feel gloomy. AF arrives 27 days after the last one (mood wise I am horrendous).

December: since age is against me and I'm feeling panicky I fork out for clearblue ov test, a thermometer and a VIP Fertility Friend membership. Begin charting which makes me feel more in control, and takes away some of the anxiety. Get a smiley face on Christmas day (such timing!), and am very happy to see temp rise on the following days.

January 9th: BFP. Can't quite believe it.

I know that I'm lucky to have it happen so quickly, and I just thought it might help someone who has the same questions I did. There are so many threads out there of people saying that cerazette is terrible and messes you up for years, and I would really have appreciated a happy story to set my mind at ease. Just goes to show that everyone is different...

Thanks to all of you who post on a regular basis, for all of your wise supportive words and information. I'm sure I wouldn't be in this position without having absorbed your collective wisdom

lizandlulu Fri 09-Jan-09 20:56:44

i came off cerazette and it took 6 months to conceive, but i didnt have any of the side effects mentioned here. we will be ttc later no this year so came off the pill in oct to give it time to get out of my system.

Broodzilla Sat 10-Jan-09 18:12:48

Ooooh, HAPPY BFP Lemonmoon!!! grin

...and thank you so much for sharing your positive story!

I was on Depo a few years back, and it wrecked havoc with my system. I had horrendous side effects and when I finally came off it, it took me well over a year to get AF back (and even then, only after taking Agnus Castus).
So I was really cautious when it came to going back on a pill. I trawled the internet and actually chose Cerazette, as I knew that it had a different progesterone from Depo (the same as Mercilon, which I'd been on years ago, and been fine with).

I was really happy with Cerazette, but got really scared when it was time to TTC as I had a look on these discussion boards because it seemed like I'd swapped one horrible contraception for another one!
I stopped reading all the horror stories and just kept thinking that we're all different (some people are fine with Depo, I certainly wasn't)... took Agnus Castus religiously as soon as I took my last pill, and AF arrived right on time... still waiting for a BFP though, but you've given me hope - so wanted to say a BIG thank you!

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 10-Jan-09 18:30:32

intersting reading

i have been on cerazette for last two years - never had AF since taking it apart from one month, and only 2 days worth - not even sure if was AF or very energetic sex blush

got think a week laeft of pills and then will pop folic acid daily and then will see what happens

i didnt know cerazette was a bad pill to be able to conceive afterwards

Broodzilla Sat 10-Jan-09 18:51:00

Blondes despite all the bad press, I think it's worth remembering what Lemonmoon said above - those that are happy aren't likely to get on the web and write about it!

I was really happy while I was on Cerazette, had none of the strange side effects that people write about, and to be honest, didn't feel any different when I came off it either!
If you look on the Cerazette website (which is obviously biased, but anyway...) they are quoting the average amount of days from coming off the pill to the first OV. I must have been pretty near that.

Definitely carry on taking the pills until you're at the end of a pack and then, as I said on another thread, get some Agnus Castus. I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine!

Joolyjoolyjoo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:53:45

I had no idea it was meant to be hard to conceive after coming off cerazette- I conceived dd2 (bit of an unexpected surprise blush) almost immediately after stopping it- never even had a period!

Claire236 Sat 10-Jan-09 18:55:47

I was on a mini-pill (not Cerazette) & fell pregnant with ds within a week of coming off it. I stopped taking Cerazette 6 months ago to start ttc & it took 3 months for me to have a period & I'm still not pregnant. One positive story on here but I've seen countless negative ones. I will never take Cerazette again & would suggest anyone else thinks very carefully before taking it. Sorry to spoil the positive thread but I really think people should be warned.

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 10-Jan-09 18:55:54

wasnt worried till i read this thread wink

i thought all pills were the same hmm

never heard of Agnus Castus - but have just googled

with all these pills i will be popping, everythim dh gives me a cuddle,im going to rattle grin

tinierclanger Sat 10-Jan-09 18:56:44

I have never heard this before! But I conceived 7 months after stopping Cerazette, no weird side effects when stopping. Sadly I miscarried that pregnancy but conceived again after another 5 months. Age was not on my side either (was 37 the second time) so I hope you find this encouraging.

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 10-Jan-09 18:58:30

claire236 - i didnt have a choice, had a blood clot that was in my leg and went to my ling and nearly died 2 yaers ago shock so cerazette was the only pill doc would let me go on = was on femadene for 9years and then cileste for 6years before blood clot

tbh been on it 2 years and never had a problem

annmar Sat 10-Jan-09 19:03:33

It took 3 years to conceive DD1 after coming off mini pill (can't remember which one). My periods were erratic and very heavy/painful.
After DD1 was born I went on Cerazette.
I stopped taking the pills in April. 28 days later period arrived. 28 days after that next period arrived. 28 days later no period, but five days later a BFP.

brettgirl2 Sat 10-Jan-09 19:46:59

I came off cerazette because of constant bleeding, took another mini pill for a month, then came off it completely (I'm a bit indecisive blush). I conceived two weeks later. I think it depends on the person, my periods were pretty determined to remain despite cerazette (hence the bleeding) - I wonder if those who have had problems are people whose periods stopped while on it?

brettgirl2 Sat 10-Jan-09 19:48:07

Oh and congrats lemonmoon - didn't notice how recent your BFP was grin

Broodzilla Sat 10-Jan-09 20:04:04


There are 3 types of progesterone in the pills/minipills out there. For me, the one which is used in the Depo injection (and 2 of the more popular minipills) was most definitely out, as I know my body really doesn't agree with it.

I can't go on a normal pill as I get horrible migraines, and so for me, the risk of stroke is too high.

You're right in that people should be warned, I think far too often (as with Depo) we all just blindly trust, and do, whatever doctors/nurses/family planning clinics tell us to do...

BUT I also believe that we're all different, our hormonal make up is different, and while I'm clearly not a success story (still waiting for the BFP) I definitely believe in positive thinking...

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 10-Jan-09 20:16:20

" I wonder if those who have had problems are people whose periods stopped while on it?"

this could be me brett girl - apart from 2 days of bleeding one month,i didnt have AF in the 2 yaers i was on cerazette

will have to wait and see smile

im the person who thinks their glass is half full rather than half empty

ShayeraHol Sat 10-Jan-09 20:27:01

Good to hear a positive story - I'm 11 months into trying post-Cerazette and starting to lose the faith, wondering if I'd screwed up with my choice of pill (as I know a couple of others who've had problems too). Hope your story is an indication that I'm a minority and others have better luck (and that maybe I get my turn soon!)

lemonmoon Sat 10-Jan-09 23:08:04

Nice to hear some other people's experiences - really interesting to find out that there are different kinds of progesterone especially, Broodzilla, which probably explains some of the different effect it has on people.

Thought that perhaps I should add that I was on cerazette for five years and didn't have AF once while I took it.

still reeling from the bfp grin thanks for the congrats

Poledra Sat 10-Jan-09 23:38:07

Congrats Lemonmoon!

I was on Cezarette for about 14 months between DD2 and DD3. No periods at all (was BFing when I started it). It took me about 5 months to conceive DD3 - I was 36, so not an excessively long time.

I still think that you will find considerably more negative stories about any medication on the internet than positive - as you say, people who don't have problems don't write about it. Different medications suit different people. I've gone back on Cezarette, as it happened to suit me.

Enjoy your pregnancy!

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 11-Jan-09 11:56:41

lemonmoon - 5 years - that makes me feel better!!

Claire236 Sun 11-Jan-09 14:59:38

Broodzilla - I'm the same as you in that I can't take the combined pill due to migraines. Having conceived within a week of coming off a different mini-pill to Cerazette & this time round it's been 6 months & still no BFP it seems logical that it's something to do with Cerazette. Obviously there's no way of knowing that for sure but there's plenty of anecdotal evidence out there. Incidentally I did look for the same type of info about other mini-pills & didn't find anywhere near as many problems associated with other mini-pills. I suppose the flip side of having a longer window to take Cerazette could be that it takes longer before your body gets back to normal when you stop taking it.

I was on cerazette for only 2.5 months while finishing breastfeeding, came off it and started to TTC, and I'm now on cycle 8 & no BFP. Previously I was incredibly fortunate to conceive straightaway so I am wondering if anything strange is going all (although suspect it's just lack of good, erm, timing etc. in the BDing dept). I bled constantly while on cerazette, and had more pronounced mood swings so wouldn't choose to go on it again really. I am going to look into agnus castus (and evening primrose oil) just in case it might help.

Congrat Lemonmoon grin

mrstoast222 Fri 03-Apr-09 21:09:31

I don't know if I feel better or worse!!!! Was on combined pill for 10 years and cerazette for 1 year, stopped 8 months ago and periods erratic, between 4-6 weeks (ans no bleeding on cerazette) My poor hubby thinks I'm a sex pest but to no avail
Tried Agnus castrus and dong quai - but neither helped.
I'm the least patient person in the world, so finding it really hard (as you all understand)
Now trying Chinese herbs in the hope that they will help balance things out.
Getting really stressed tho, as it feels like the whole world is pregnant.
It's good to read the happy endings.

Giz5 Thu 12-Nov-09 14:42:19

That's really encouraging! Thanks for sharing smile. I have been on Cerazette for nearly 7 years and have not bled once in that time. I was single until this year - for four years - with lots of dates but no one worth settling down with. Now I've met someone really special. He knows all about me having Endo - that's why I was put on Cerazette (couldn't use any other medical contraception because of migraine with aura) - and we've discussed me coming off Cerazette next summer (all going well). By then, I will be 36 and so I'm really hoping a miracle will happen and I will be able to conceive - fingers crossed! Thanks again for such a positive post x

carlya17 Sat 14-Nov-09 16:34:56


Just to say that I was on Cerazette for about a year (not long I know but I was on and off various pills before that and Cerazette was best for my blood pressure).

I didn't have periods on it either. I read up on it taking a while to get fertility back so I started charting my cycle when I came off it. I conceived just 12 days after taking my last pill but did 'try' about every other day.

Was actually really shocked as had prepared myself for it not happening, but hadn't prepared for it happening so quickly!

I'm currently 26 weeks and everything is fine

Sunshine12 Tue 01-Dec-09 16:34:14

Im in a bit of a panic! I have been on Cerazette for about 3 years and when I occasionally forgot to take it I got light bleeding for about 2 weeks at a time. OH and I have decided to try for our first baby so I came off it about 2 weeks ago and havent had any side effects or bleeding whatsoever. Thought this was strange so been reading about it on the internet and now worrying that its going to be a nightmare trying to get pregnant. Im 36 so as you can imagine am a bit concerned (im not getting any younger!). I specifically asked the doctor before i went on it if it could cause any delayed pregnancy or issues with fertility and they said no but after reading various things on the internet Im not so sure. Ive just ordered some cheap ovulation kits from internet but hoping that I get my period soon so I can stop worrying as sure that wont help matters either!

lilredfrog Sat 18-Sep-10 17:54:36

I would like to thank you all. Ihave been on cerazette for 3weeks for control of bleeding and pmt!! I have been bleeding for 3 weeks, I was seriously wondering this mornin as to my mental health, aswell as my phyiscal, luckily my doc is good and told me to stop if i waswell or happy. And you have answerred all my queries, headache, lack of sleep, awful dreams, cramps,non-stopbleeding, and the feeling of losing control. Thank you to you all, I realise that this pill may work for some and you can only try it,just watch yourself.

kat2504 Sun 19-Sep-10 12:10:49

Different people react differently to various brands of pills. I was fine on cerazette and I enjoyed having no periods.

I also managed to conceive whilst taking it. So did not quite do what it says on the box but could have been carelessness on my part. Unfortunately it didn't last, but now I'm actually ttc, I do miss the lack of pmt/periods!

For people who don't get on well with it there are other brands available. I really didn't get on well with Microgynon, made me feel rather depressed, but I was fine on Cilest.

Good luck to anyone else ttc after the pill.

alex25 Wed 16-Feb-11 19:11:15

hey, i hope it is just the people who have had trouble with cerazette who are posting...hmm I also asked my nurse about the after effects of taking it and was told that it would no longer prevent a pregnancy after missing one pill so i would be able to try straight away. we have just started, since end of jan. feel a little bit different but probably psychological! so exciting, trying not to worry too much about it, should be fun! smile

loz21 Thu 31-Mar-11 23:12:17


I was on cerazette for 5 months, stopped taking it 25th feb, had a light period about 2 weeks later, just had another one which lasted 3 days. I have read alot of horror stories about trying after cerazette and it worried me quite alot, i know everyone is different and it just takes time, but i cant help wondering if things would have been different if i hadn't taken cerazette.

MrsT35 Mon 09-May-11 10:40:48

Hi. I have just stopped taking cerazette. Iwas on depo before that but switched to cerazette just over a year ago as we were thinking of starting a family and was advised to give a year to get depo out of my system and told if i take cerazette i could just stop and wait for period then start trying as soon as we were ready. After reading all of the stories online was starting to worry that it would all take a very long time,so it was really great to read all of your positive stories. I stopped cerazette three weeks ago and my period has just started, so its encouraging, and im glad my body is getting back to normal so quickly after not having any periods for over ten years due to contraception.Hopefully everything else will happen as quickly for me.

glad to see there are some positive stories about Cerazette. I was on it, and would never go back on it again, I had awful side affects when on it, was miserable and it was a very dark time in my life.
I took 2.5 years to get pregnant after being on Cerazette (am 39 weeks). When I had DD, it only took me 2 months to fall pregnant, and I'd literally just come off a different pill. I don't know whether it was the Cerazette or other factors that led to a longer time to get pregnant, but I know I wont go on Cerazette again.

kezlalala Thu 09-Jun-11 13:37:52

Everyone is right that people with good news stories don't tend to post on these forums so you may be getting a fairly one-sided view of what can happen. I have another POSITIVE cerazette tale here for you's not all bad! I was on cerazette for a year and had no periods at all during that time. I came off it in March and a few weeks later still hadn't had a period and felt very bloated and assumed it was due to coming off the pill. I also read all the horror stories on these forums and at age 36 was scared I had messed up my body and hormones completely and as such wasn't actively trying to get pregnant as I just assumed I wouldn't be able to for a while BUT, 7 weeks after coming off cerazette and feeling sickly and tired I discovered I am pregnant with my first baby! So I obviously conceived within weeks of stopping taking cerazette. Everyone is different, stay positive, try not to stress about what is 'causing' you not to conceive, sometimes when you are least anxious about it and not 'trying' so hard is the time that it happens.
Good luck everyone xx

shellmc Thu 09-Jun-11 18:00:38


Another positive story from me smile
I was on cerazette for 4 years before me and DH decided to try for a baby. I came off the pill on the 11th August 2008 had a bleed on the 15th August lasting 3 days, ovulated on the 29th (i used the ovulation strips) and got a BFP on the 13th September smile !

Kfox1988 Mon 19-Dec-11 16:00:12

I was on the cerazette since i was about 20 i am now 23, it gave me slight side effects like weight gain and moody maybe went off sex a bit too but worked so far but i was starting to feel strange and achy dull pulling period like pain in my lower back and stomach. I just by chance took a pregnancy test (well 4 clear blue) and im pregnant. smile i didnt think i was ready for it with me only been 23 and my life just started panning out but i now cannot wait, 2012 is so exciting. smile

xxxxx good luck to all you ladies out there trying and merry xmas xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jitterykitty Fri 24-Feb-12 18:00:25

I've started taking Cerazette about 3 years ago after switching from the combined pill I'd been on for 3-4 years. I had no side effects or periods which was great, but all the negative posts on the internet made me worry how long it would take for my cycle to return to normal.

Before taking the pill my cycle was always 28 days to the day. After a few weeks of feeling bloated my period started exactly 28 days from my last tablet. Next month we started TTC, 9 days later got BFP and little bod is due later this year.

I just want to reassure others searching like I did that it's not all bad news with Cerazette and we're all different. Saying that I've decided not to go back on the pill, partly cos we want more kids after this little bod smile

ModdedMummy Fri 09-Mar-12 23:31:11

I was on the combined pill for almost ten years (minus two year gap in the middle for breeding purposes) and early last year started with constant migraines, lasting up to four/five days at a time.
Doctor said I was days away from having a stroke (though her statement needs citation) and I was given Cerazette. Having not known anything about this pills and putting all my trust in someone that bases their career on my best interests, I assumed all would be fine.

Stopped Cerazette five days ago, no AF since starting in Oct, so hoping one shows soon.

My mum has filled me with confidence, though; she went on Cerazette right after having me, and was on it for seven years and after TTC in Dec, got her BFP in Jan. I also got my BFP only six weeks after coming off combined pill (scan showed pregnancy began less than two weeks after stopping the pill!).

I'm hoping this means I'm an extremely fertile breeding machine. Fingers crossed for less complications next time around smile

mary1234 Fri 16-Mar-12 19:07:04

Hey, Need your help!!
I was on cerazette for about a year and half on thursday 8th march i stopped taking it but from monday 5th march i have experienced
-heartburn off and on
- nausea off and on
-tierdness off and on
-headacges behind my eyes
I took two tests this week and they were negative i have went to doctors but he just says tests were negative and i cant be which are not useful at all..... i was on cerazette at the time so im wondering how i could have conceived but me and my other half dont wear protection. I never had heartburn before and my last period was about 3 weeks ago... so i should have been due his week but am late.... i just feel so paranoid please help sad

PopcornMouseInBoots Fri 16-Mar-12 19:25:39

If you had these symptoms from 5th but didn't stop taking Cerazette til 8th then they aren't going to be pregnancy symptoms??

I recently came off cerazette and had similar symptoms to these except for the headaches, plus I had sore boobs and no period for 40 days. I took a test which was negative and sure enough my period eventually started.

I think it is quite common to have pregnancy-like symptoms when coming off this pill. I don't know why you would have had them before you came off it though.

ModdedMummy Fri 16-Mar-12 20:27:19

Sounds like it could easily be hormone withdrawal from the pill...but that doesn't really explain why you started feeling like this while still taking it. Very odd!
Heartburn could easily be from something you're eating; curry, juice, fruit, it can all be the cause for that. Likewise with the tiredness, and possibly the nausea. And if you're tired, you'll get headaches (I do, anyway).

With that in mind, there's always a slight chance of conception while taking contraceptive; they're not 100% effective.

Give it a while, take another test, maybe try one designed to detect pregnancy early on.

MumTumWanted Sat 17-Mar-12 09:35:26

Hi just to add I was on the devil pill for 5 years no af at all. Started ttc 2010 came off pill in oct waited 40 days for af fell straight away then mc at 8 weeks. Early mc appears very common after taking cerrazette and falling very quickly.

Mc really messed me up so only just started ttc this month!!! Just a word if caution don't start ttc as soon as u come off this pill. It prevents progesterone being produced by filling you with a synthetic one. It can then take ur body a while to begin producing it again naturally and without high levels of progesterone your body cannot sustain a pregnancy.

Sorry for the doom and gloom but I'd hate for anyone else to have to go through what I did on Xmas day sad

MumTumWanted - sorry to hear that, it sounds like you had an awful time.

Do you know how long you should wait before trying?

MumTumWanted Mon 19-Mar-12 16:08:33

Mrsb thank u for ur kind words with time I can see now though it was a little daft of me to have not let it come out of my system blushblush

There are no actual guidelines for how long u should wait but I believe it is recommended between 3-6 cycles. Certainly this time I have waited 6 just to be sure blush
However af arrived this morning sad so not my turn this month either - though dh2b will be upset when I tell him later no doubt he will be cheered by the thought in 8 days time j will be demanding his body daily gringrin

Good luck on your ttc journey x

McPopcornMouseNFries Mon 19-Mar-12 17:05:15

My GP didn't seem to think you had to wait for it to be out of your system at all; in fact, studies have shown you're actually more fertile in the months just after you come off the pill...

nowwearefour Mon 19-Mar-12 19:32:41

i conceived immediately after coming off the combined pill for my first pregnancy so for he mcpopcorn's view was proved to be correct. must depend on the person and their circumstances, perhaps?

MumTumWanted Mon 19-Mar-12 22:16:56

Mcpoc and nowwerare I agree docs day no need and others have had success but for me I didn't and when I started looking into why the reports and others experiences proved what I had been through.

It is of course personal choice but I was just trying to advise caution with this particular pill purely because of the nature of how this one works smile

I stopped taking it at Christmas so hopefully I should be OK either way.

Having been on some sort of contraceptive pill for the last 15 years I felt that I wanted to to have a few 'natural' cycles before ttc.

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