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More information about Rigevidon
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill. You may also know it as “the pill”. This is a very popular form of contraception that, when taken correctly, is effective more than 99% of the time.
Rigevidon is the generic version of branded Microgynon. A generic is almost identical to a branded version. The only difference is the name and price.
One additional benefit of Rigevidon is that it can also help women who suffer with heavy, painful, or irregular periods.
Please note - this medication will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - only a condom will do this.
During a normal menstruation pattern, a woman’s body will release an egg from the ovaries each month.
The active ingredients of Rigevidon, ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, override this cycle and stop your body from ovulating. These are synthetic versions of the natural sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
By taking a daily dose of these hormones, your body acts like ovulation has already happened.
Additionally, the hormones thicken the mucus at the neck of the womb, making it harder for sperm to reach an egg. They also alter the lining of the womb to make it less likely that a fertilised egg will implant there.
This combination of effects make it very unlikely that you will fall pregnant. However, it is important that you take the contraceptive pill as instructed. You should follow your doctor’s guidance and what is outlined in the patient information leaflet (PIL).
You should always follow the instructions of your doctor when taking any prescription treatment. Additional information will also be provided in the PIL. You can find this in PDF form on the right of this page, and it will be included with your order.
Rigevidon is a monophasic pill, which means that each tablet contains the same amount of hormones. Each pill contains 150 mcg of levonorgestrel (progestogen) and 30 mcg of ethinylestradiol (oestrogen).
You should take one tablet every day for 21 days, before a 7-day break.
The following is a quick summary of how to take this combined pill:
When should I take the first pill?
If you have not used any hormonal contraception in your previous menstrual cycle, then you should take the first pill on the first day of your period.
If you are changing to Rigevidon from another combined hormonal contraceptive, you should take the first pill after the last pill in the pack of your previous contraceptive.
If you are changing from the mini-pill (POP), you can start Rigevidon the day after stopping the POP. However, you should use additional contraception, such as a condom, for 7 days.
Anyone who forgets to take a pill at the scheduled time should take one as soon as they remember. If that is longer than 24 hours after the scheduled time, it counts as a missed pill.
If you miss a pill, you should take a tablet as soon as possible, even if that means two tablets at the same time. Continue to take the rest of the pack as normal.
If two or more pills are forgotten, take them as soon as possible even if it means taking two in the same day. Continue to take the rest of the pack as instructed.
If you miss a pill by more than 12 hours, it is important to also use another method of contraception for 7 days, as there will be no protection from pregnancy.
Vomiting within two hours of taking your pill means that it might not have been properly absorbed into the bloodstream.
You should take another pill as soon as you feel like you can and continue according to your schedule. In this case, you are most likely still protected from pregnancy.
If you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea for over 12 hours it may make the pill less effective. Keep taking your pill according to the schedule, but treat each day as if you have forgotten to take a tablet.
You should also use additional protection during this time.
As with any other medicine, Rigevidon may cause side effects for certain individuals.
These are the most common reactions:
Just because these reactions are more common does not mean you experience them. However, as with all combined contraceptive pills, reactions may vary.
If you experience anything that is distressing, please seek immediate medical attention.
You should also stop taking the pill and seek immediate medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and face and skin rashes.
For a full list of adverse reactions, please refer to the patient information leaflet.
If you have ever had a blood clot, you should inform your doctor before using this treatment - there is an increased risk of them occurring with combined contraceptives. That being said, it is very rare for them to occur.
Symptoms include pain and swelling in the limbs, coughing blood, breathlessness and chest pain.
If you believe you are suffering a blood clot - whether a stroke, heart attack, DVT or pulmonary embolism - seek immediate medical attention.
Taking combined hormonal contraceptives slightly increases the risk of breast and cervical cancer developing. You should have regular checkups with your doctor. You should also examine your breasts regularly - report any changes to your doctor immediately.
There are several conditions that make Rigevidon unsuitable as a contraceptive option. If any of the following apply to you, you should ask your doctor about alternatives:
For a complete list, please consult your doctor.
If you cannot use this product, do not worry. The world of contraceptives is diverse - there will be another option more suited to you.
When you start to take new medication, you should tell your doctor about any other medicines you currently use. This includes herbal medicines (e.g. St John’s Wort) and over-the-counter medicines. The doctor needs this information so that they can ensure there will be no interactions.
You should inform our doctors during your online consultation.
The emergency contraceptive ulipristal (ellaOne) can make the pill less effective. If you use ellaOne while you are using Rigevidon, make sure to also use an additional method of contraception for 14 days after.
The antifungal medicine griseofulvin, the weight loss medicine orlistat (Alli and Xenical), and the cholesterol medicine colesevelam also reduce the effectiveness of the pill.
Patients with diabetes should pay close attention to the effects of Rigevidon on their blood sugar levels. Those with high blood pressure should also take precautions.
If you are taking thyroid hormones for hypothyroidism, you may need to increase your dose when you start taking Rigevidon.
Patients with epilepsy who use lamotrigine to treat the condition should be aware that Rigevidon can reduce its effectiveness in preventing seizures.
You can buy Rigevidon online from HealthExpress. Our pharmacy service allows you to skip the hassle of a face-to-face doctor's appointment. However, you must first have been prescribed it by your doctor - this is so they can monitor your reaction to it.
All we ask is that you complete a confidential consultation - so that our doctors can confirm it is safe for you to take. The consultation takes no time at all.
If your order is approved, your contraception will be delivered with complimentary next-day delivery.
For your safety and security, our service is authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Certificates can be viewed via the link at the bottom of this page.
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Ordered my usual contraceptive tablet and they were here the next day really quick and easy will definitely be using again. Much easier than trying to get appointmentsMiss Joughlin
Fast delivery, and trustworthy product. Very happy with my purchaseTasha
very useful to get this as an emergency. quick postage, excellent serviceLucy Munden
I've been using Rigevidon for about 3 years now and I'm really happy about it. No side effects, no pain during my periods, my hormones are in line now. Very happy and would recommend.Angela Zielinska
I have used this contraceptive before with no noticeable side effectsj normis
Easy to useMRS A SMITH
Very good product, works effectively and no bad side effects experienced. Would recommend!Brittany Brown
It works and it's a decent priceBianca Yebdri