30/05/2021

Rigevidon

Combined pill

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
31-35
Time used
8+ years
Had children
No
Height
5'8"/172.5cm
Weight
70kg - 75kg / 11st 0lb - 11st 11lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Whilst using this contraception I didn’t notice any particular side effects. I was happy using it and I didn’t find it difficult to remember to the pills regularly. I fell into a very regular pattern so I knew exactly when my breakthrough bleeds would happen (pretty much to the day), the bleeds were slightly lighter than before I went on the pill and easy to manage. Because the pattern was so regular it was also easy to run two packs together if I wanted to avoid a period altogether for some reason. Having said all that I’m not sure I would 100% recommend using this pill – please see my experience of coming off the pill.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
I don’t know / can’t tell
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
6 - 12 months
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

I took the pill for around 12 years (from age 18 to 30) without ever considering/being offered an alternative. However, when I came off the pill to try to conceive I had major issues with returning to a normal cycle (I had no periods at all for 9 months which triggered lots of medical investigation, incorrect diagnosis, stress and anxiety). These issues have significantly affected my mental health, relationship and general all round well being. I really wish I’d been aware that this could happen with hormonal contraception as I would have been more prepared and might have chosen to use an alternative method. I wish The Lowdown had been available when I was younger!

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