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Rigevidon contraceptive pill

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When taken correctly, Rigevidon is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Typically you would take Rigevidon daily for 21 days and then have a 7-day break. It’s good to try and take your pill at the same time everyday.

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Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill, meaning it contains both progestogen and oestrogen. Like most combined contraceptives, the hormones in Rigevidon work to prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg. This makes it less likely that a sperm will meet an egg. Rigevidon also makes the lining of the womb thinner, making it harder for a fertilised egg to implant in the womb.

Taking Rigevidon

There are 3 main ways to take Rigevidon. Most women take the pill for 21 days, as there are 21 pills in a pack, and then have a 7-day break. You can also take the pill continuously for 9 weeks and then have either a 4-day or 7-day break. Or some women choose to take the pill everyday with no break.

Taking your packs of Rigevidon back to back can prevent a period-type bleed.

Do I need a prescription for Rigevidon?

To obtain Rigevidon, you will need a prescription as it is a prescription-only treatment.

Our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor clinicians can prescribe you Rigevidon, if suitable. You will then need to go into a pharmacy to pick up the prescription and have your height, weight and blood pressure checked. These are taken to ensure you can safely take Rigevidon. These measurements are taken for all combined contraceptives.

Other forms of contraception

The combined contraceptive pill may not be the right choice for you, but there are plenty of contraception options out there. Low-dose pills contain progestogen and oestrogen. They are similar to the combined pill but have a lower dose of oestrogen. This means for some people, some of the side effects are lessened.

The progestogen-only pill (POP), sometimes known as the mini pill, only contains progestogen. As it doesn’t contain oestrogen it can be taken by women who are overweight, over 35 and smoke or women who experience migraines. This type of pill has to be taken at the same time every day, if it’s taken 3 (traditional POP) or 12 hours late (desogestrel POP), it may not be effective at preventing pregnancy.

The contraceptive patch (Evra) and contraceptive ring (NuvaRing) contain the same hormones as the combined contraceptive pill, but are worn on the skin or inside the vagina respectively. Some women find these more reliable as they don’t have to remember the pill each day.

Long-term contraceptive methods include the contraceptive injection, implant, hormonal or non-hormonal coils, also known as an IUS and IUD respectively.

Condoms are a good way to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Most other contraceptive methods do not offer protection against STIs.

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Rigevidon frequently asked questions

  • Is Rigevidon the same as Microgynon?

    Microgynon is a branded treatment, whereas Rigevidon is its generic version, making it a more cost effective option. Microgynon contains the same hormones in the same doses as Rigevidon, working in the same way.

  • Will I experience side effects when I take Rigevidon?

    Like with all treatments, some people may experience side effects but most people will not. The most common side effects with Rigevidon include mood swings, stomach pain, nausea, breast pain/discomfort and headaches. Some women, in very rare cases, may experience high blood pressure or blood clots.

  • If I miss my Rigevidon pill, what should I do?

    There are different steps to take depending on when you missed your pill and how many pills you’ve missed.

    When taking Rigevidon, if you miss 1 pill you’re contraceptive cover shouldn’t be compromised. If it’s been up to 48 hours since your last pill you simply need to take your next pill as soon as you remember. You’ll then need to continue your pack as normal, even if this means you take 2 pills in 1 day.

    However, missing 2 or more pills or forgetting to start your new pack could affect how much contraceptive cover you have. In this instance check the patient information leaflet inside your Rigevidon pack. Here you’ll find guidance on what to do next and how to keep yourself protected against pregnancy.