Rigevidon Contraceptive Pill
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Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, containing low doses of estrogen and progesterone, two female sex hormones.
- Up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
- Contains oestrogen and progestogen
- Easy to take
What Is Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is an effective combined oral contraceptive pill primarily used to prevent pregnancy. Each tablet contains two active ingredients – ethinylestradiol (oestrogen) and levonorgestrel (progesterone). If the Rigevidon contraceptive pill is taken correctly, it is over 99% effective. This means very few women will fall pregnant if they use Rigevidon as contraception.
How Does Rigevidon Work?
Once sperm reaches an egg that has been released from the ovaries, pregnancy can happen. The Rigevidon pill contains active ingredients that prevent this from happening. It thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb and thins the lining of the womb. This makes it harder for sperm to reach an egg and prevents fertilised eggs from implanting themselves in the womb’s lining.
It works by:
1) Prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation)
2) Thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg
3) Thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow
Rigevidon is only 99% effective if it has been taken correctly. If you miss a combined contraceptive pill, you could fall pregnant. So, missed pills need to be avoided where possible, and if you do, then take your next pill to ensure you're protected from pregnancy straight away.
Rigevidon and Anxiety
It is not uncommon for women to experience mood-related changes when they take the Rigevidon pill. Some women experience issues like anxiety and depression. There has been a lot of research regarding the pill and mental health. Some studies have found an indirect link between the two.
One of the side effects of the Rigevidon pill is mood swings. So, those who suffer from issues such as anxiety may notice that their symptoms accelerate as soon as they start taking the pill.
Coming off Rigevidon
You should not expect your period to come back straight away when you decide to come off combined pills such as this. It can take around four weeks for your cycle to start again.
At first, your periods may be irregular when you come off the pill. This is nothing to worry about. It can take up to three months for your natural menstrual cycle to re-establish itself.
Although it can take a few months for your period to return to its normal cycle, you can fall pregnant as soon as you stop taking the Rigevidon contraceptive pill. If you do not want to get pregnant during this time, you must use another form of contraceptive, such as condoms.
Rigevidon vs Yasmin
Both Rigevidon and Yasmin are combined contraceptive pills. They are both 99% effective when taken correctly. The two share many similarities. Like all medications, users can encounter side effects from either of the two pills. Rigevidon and Yasmin users can experience mood swings, headaches, breast sensitivity and nausea. Both pills also work in the same way, preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
Although both contain the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, Yamin’s progesterone hormone is different. It contains drospirenone, and the progesterone amount it contains is much lower than Rigevidon. The two also differ in price. Yasmin is more expensive than Rigevidon to purchase over the counter.
Gedarel vs Rigevidon
Rigevidon and Gedarel are both combined contraceptive pills. They are both effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. However, the two differ for several reasons. Gedarel is a low-dose contraceptive pill. It contains a much lower dose of oestrogen than Rigevidon. The active ingredients of both pills are also different. Rigevidon uses levonorgestrel, while Gedarel uses progestin desogestrel.
The two also differ in price. Rigevidon is the cheaper of the two. Although there are differences between the two, they also share some similarities. Both pills work the same way and prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The side effects are also the same:
- Mood swings
- Breast sensitivity
There are many online reviews regarding the Rigevidon contraceptive pill. Most reviewers recognise that it is an effective form of contraception. Not only do users claim that it prevented pregnancy, but it also helped women who experience heavy bleeding during their periods. Rigevidon helps the period slow down, making bleeding much lighter and more manageable. Some users expressed concern that their period did not return to normal straight after coming off Rigevidon. However, this is normal.
Like most contraceptive pills out there, some reviewers expressed that they experienced some side effects after taking Rigevidon. One of the most common side effects seems to be mood swings. However, the consensus surrounding Rigevidon is wholly positive. Most claim it is an effective contraceptive and easy to take.
Can I Buy Rigevidon Over the Counter?
You cannot buy Rigevidon over the counter as you will need to acquire a prescription from your doctor. However, you can purchase Rigevidon online through Cloud Pharmacy’s website. To buy Rigevidon, you must complete a short consultation with one of Cloud Pharmacy’s online pharmacists. Once it has been approved, your contraceptive pill will be dispensed. Packaging is discreet, and we dispatch your order with next-day delivery.
Each Rigevidon contraceptive pill contains 150mcg of levonorgestrel and 30mcg of ethinylestradiol. Your daily dosage should be one Rigevidon pill. You should take your pill at the same time every day. If you forget, take the pill as soon as you remember. Most users will be told to take one pill each day for 21 days. After 21 days, have a 4-7 day break before starting your next packet. During this break, you may experience a withdrawal bleed. This is normal and nothing to worry about. If you want to stop your period altogether, take Rigevidon without a break. Consult with your doctor before you do this.
How Long Does It Take for Rigevidon to Work?
The speed in which Rigevidon takes to work will depend on the day you start taking it. If you begin taking Rigevidon on days 1-5 of your period, it will be effective straight away. However, if you choose to start Rigevidon after your period, you will not be protected against pregnancy immediately. The pill will take around 7 days to reach its full effectiveness. During this time, you should be using other forms of protection, such as condoms.
If you are experiencing some side effects from Rigevidon, talk to your doctor/GP. They may be able to recommend a different form of contraceptive or further guidance on how to cope with your symptoms.
How to Take Rigevidon Pill
Each pack of Rigevidon contains 21 pills. You can purchase a three-month course or a six-month course. To help you keep track of your dosage, each tablet in your pack is marked by the day of the week that it should be taken. You can start taking Rigevidon at any point. However, it may not be effective straight away. Ask your doctor/pharmacist for advice.
You should swallow one Rigevidon contraceptive pill each day. Most users choose the morning. However, as long as you take it at the same time each day, you will be protected.
After completing 21 days of Rigevidon, give yourself a 4-7 day break before starting again. During this time, you may bleed. If you want to stop your period altogether to minimise pain and discomfort, you can continue to take Rigevidon without a break. Consult a doctor first.
What Do I Do if I Miss a Pill?
If you miss a pill, do not panic. Take the missed pill as soon as you remember. This may mean that you have to take two pills at once. This is safe to do, and you should still be protected from pregnancy. If you miss your pill on two consecutive days, you may not be protected anymore. Continue to take your pill but avoid having unprotected sex for at least seven days.
If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.
You should not take the pill if you:
- Are very overweight
- Smoke and are 35 or older
- Are pregnant
- Stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
- Take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)
You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):
- A disease of the gallbladder or liver
- Severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
- Anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
- Thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
- Stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
- A heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
- Breast cancer
- Diabetes with complications of diabetes for the past 20 years
Rigevidon Side Effects
Like most contraceptive pills, some side effects can be encountered when taking the Rigevidon contraceptive pill. Most users can experience temporary side effects. However, these are mild and will subside without additional medical attention. Some Rigevidon users may experience no side effects at all.
If you take Rigevidon, you may encounter some of the following common side effects:
- Tummy pain
- Breast sensitivity
- Light spotting between periods
There are some side effects that are a lot less common. Often, they are nothing to worry about, but it may be beneficial to talk to your doctor if you experience the following:
- Mood swings
- Fluid retention
Some rare side effects and risk factors are also present when taking Rigevidon. Although few people report them, it is vital to be aware of them. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you must contact your doctor/GP:
- Increased blood pressure
- Skin infections such as rashes
- Blood clots develop in the arteries or veins
Risks With the Combined Pill
The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:
- Deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg)
- Pulmonary embolism (clot in your lung)
- Heart attack
The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors before prescribing the pill.
The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors.
- Having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
- Having high blood pressure
- Being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
- Being 35 years old or over
- Being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
- Having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
- Having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
- Being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill. Research suggests that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who do not use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.
Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.
Patient Information Leaflet
Rigevidon Contraceptive Pill Patient Information Leaflet
For more information on Rigevidon contraceptive pill medication, take a look at the patient information leaflet below:
Are All Daily Oral Contraceptives The Same?
No, not all oral contaceptives are the same. There are many different types of oral contraception and each one differs slightly. Your oral contraception should be taken as directed by your prescriber. If you miss doses and do not take your pill as it has been prescribed it will not be as effective and may not work.
What Types of 'The Pill' Are Available?
There are two main types of oral contraception: The combined pill (CoC), which containes two hormones, progestin and oestrogen and the progesterone only pill (PoP), often referred to as the mini pill, contains only one hormone, progesterone. Both types of oral contraception the CoC and PoP are 99% effective if taken as prescribed meaning your chances of becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex are very low. Although you are unlikley to become pregnant, you are still likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection if you are regularly having unprotected sex with different partners.
What is "The Pill"?
Contraceptive pills are often referred to as "The Pill". Contraceptive pills consist of synthetic hormones (hormones that mimic the ones made in your body). They are composed of a synthetic type of oestrogen and progesterone. The Combined Oral Contraceptive (CoC) containes both of these hormones and the Progeterone Only Pill (PoP) (The Mini-Pill) only contains one of these hormones (progestin).
If I Vomit or Have Diarrhoea After Taking The Pill, What Do I Do?
If you have severe diarrhoea or vomit 3-4 hours after taking your pill, the chances of you being protected from getting pregnant are less likely. If this does happen to you, you should take another pill within 12 hours of your episode. If you are taking the inactive pill when this happens then you do not have to take another pill to compensate.
How Reliable is Oral Contraception?
If your dose is taken as prescribed and then the pill is one of the most reliable forms of contraception when it comes to protecting you against pregnancy. The pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies if taken appropriately, however it does not protect against STI's meaning if you are having sex with different partners, barrier contraception should still be used.
How Hard is it to Remember to Take Oral Contraception?
If you manage to adopt a regular routine of taking your pill as soon as you get up, you are less likely to forget. If you do find that you are more likely to forget then it is best to set reminders on your phone. Alternatively there are many apps avaialbe for android and iOS such as myPill that can help you to remember to take your pill.
Do I Have to Take My Pill at The Same Time Everyday?
Routine is imperative when you start taking oral contraception. The time of day you take the pill does not matter, however if you should pick to take it in the morning, afternoon or night time- whatever time you decide to choose you must be consistent with it and continue to take it during this period of time every day.
Can I Still Have Sex During The 4 or 7-Day Break?
It is safe to have sex during the the break if you have been taking your pill properly as prescribed. If you are having regular unprotected sex during this time you should be vigilant to start your next pack or strip on time and to make sure you are taking your pill properly.
I Have Not Had My Period And I Have Been Taking My Pill as Prescribed, am I Pregnant?
It is important to understand that if you have been taking your pill on time everyday as directed by your prescriber then the chances of you being pregnant are extremely low. If you are not getting your period whilst taking the pill then there is a chance that the lining of the womb has not formed enough for it to be released, if you continue to not see any bleeding or have a period for 2 months or more than you should contact your prescriber for investigation.
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