Contraception for Breast Feeding Mothers with the 75 Microgram Desogestrel-Only Pill: An Indian Perspective

  • Sheela Mane
  • Saravanan VeeramalaiEmail author
  • Meera V. V. Ragavan
Invited Review Article


Contraception for nursing mothers is an important aspect from the point of view of birth spacing as well as maternal and infant well-being. An ideal contraceptive for this period would be one that is highly efficacious, fairly safe and reversible, with no negative impact on breast milk and infant growth. The 75 microgram (mcg) desogestrel-only pill is the only Progestogen only pill (POP) available in India. The objective of this article is to evaluate if Desogestrel 75 mcg POP stands out as a near ideal method for contraception in the post-partum women by reviewing data available from Indian clinical studies primarily and also some evidences from international studies.


Progestogen only pill Desogestrel only pill Cerazette 


Compliance with Ethical Requirements and Conflict of Interest

This manuscript is a review article, does not include any patient data and hence did not require an approval by an ethics committee. Dr. Sheela Mane and Dr. Meera Ragavan declare no conflict of interest or funding relevant to this manuscript that may bias their opinion. Dr. Saravanan Veeramalai is an employee of MSD Pharmaceuticals Private Limited.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheela Mane
    • 1
  • Saravanan Veeramalai
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Meera V. V. Ragavan
    • 3
  1. 1.Fortis Hospitals and Anugraha Nursing HomeBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.MSD Pharmaceuticals PVT LTDChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Apollo Hospitals PVT LTDChennaiIndia
  4. 4.MSD Pharmaceuticals Private Limited (A Subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc.)Whitehouse StationUSA
  5. 5.MumbaiIndia

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