Combined pill

Rigevidon

What the packet says

What is Rigevidon?

Hormonal ingredients

What's it made of?

Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate (33 mg), sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000, povidone carmellose sodium

How Rigevidon works

The combined pill (Rigevidon) is a small tablet you swallow daily that contains hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The pill prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an embryo to grow in it.

Rigevidon side effects

  • Headaches
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Tender Breasts
  • Womb Cramps
  • Spots or acne

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
  • Clinical effectiveness

    99

    %

    Contains hormones

    Yes

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    Detailed information

    How to get started with the Rigevidon pill

    • Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can take the contraceptive pill Rigevidon. They check your medical history, make sure that you’re not pregnant and take your blood pressure
    • Most women can start the combined pill at any time in their period cycle. However unless you start the combined pill on the first day of your period, you won’t be protected from pregnancy straight away. Make sure you read the packet carefully and use condoms or other methods until you’re covered
    • There are special instructions for starting Rigevidon if you have just had a baby, abortion or miscarriage
    • Take the pill around the same time every day – for example first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night
    • If it helps, keep your pill packet somewhere you use or look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone
    • You will normally be given a prescription for the pill for a couple of months, and will need to go back to your doctor for regular check ups (e.g. blood pressure tests)

    How to stop taking Rigevidon

    • Coming off the pill is easy – you just stop taking it. As soon as you stop taking it, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy
    • If you have periods, you may prefer to wait until you reach the end of your current pill packet before stopping, so you can keep your cycle more regular
    • Check out our Rigevidon reviews below to see how long it took most women’s cycles to return to their definition of ‘normal’ after they stopped taking the pill, and read up about the after effects they’ve experienced

    Things that can go wrong

    • Missing or forgetting to take a pill has happened to all of us. Check out the Rigevidon NHS guide on what to do, depending on how many you’ve missed and where you are in your cycle. If you’re in any doubt, make sure you use a condom or don’t have sex until you’re protected
    • Whilst taking Rigevidon is safe, there are a few things that can stop estrogen pills from working properly – make sure you watch out for these and check your pill information leaflet or speak to your doctor if you have any questions:
      • Vomiting and diarrhea will impact on how the pill is absorbed into your body. If you’re sick within two hours of taking the pill you’ll need to take another pill straight away and the next pill at the usual time. If you’re sick or have severe diarrhea for longer than this, check your pill packet for what to do next – and use condoms or abstain if you have any doubts
      • Some medicines and antibiotics (like rifampicin and rifabutin, St John’s wort and anti-epilepsy drugs) change the way your body digests the pill
    • With any combined type of hormonal contraception, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. We are developing a full guide to the medical research on the serious and potentially life threatening side effects of contraceptives here
    • Take a look at our Rigevidon side effects and reviews below

    Reviews

    3/5
    11/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    When I was on the combined pill I got on very well – no mood impacts (some friends had this). Did notice sex drive...
    3/5
    11/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    I’ve found my periods a lot more manageable on the pill so it’s suited me well!
    3/5
    08/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    I have been on this pill for nearly 8 years. I’ve found it fine until this year, where I’ve been suffering severe lo...
    2/5
    08/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    It made me break out and I had clear skin before going on it. It didn’t stop my bad pains or heavy periods
    3/5
    06/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    I swapped to Gederal 20
    2/5
    06/04/2021
    Combined pill

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    Rigevidon
    Been on this pill for around 5 years and I would really like to stop using it as I am noticing a real decrease in my moo...