What is Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, which is very easy to use. When taken correctly, it is an effective reversible way of preventing pregnancy.
It’s really important to remember that Rigevidon is effective as a contraceptive but can’t prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To be sure you are protected against STIs you should use a condom.
How does Rigevidon work?
The active ingredients in Rigevidon tablets are a low dose of an oestrogen called ethinylestradiol and a progestogen called levonorgestrel.
Like most combined oral contraceptives, Rigevidon does 3 things. It prevents ovulation, meaning the ovaries won’t release an egg. It causes the mucus at the cervix to thicken, which stops sperm getting through and it also stops the lining of the uterus thickening.
How do you take Rigevidon?
It’s important that you take the Rigevidon pill as instructed by your pharmacist or GP for maximum effectiveness.
Each strip contains 21 pills. You take one at the same time each day until the strip is finished. You then have 7 pill-free days before starting the next strip, during which you are still protected from pregnancy.
You can read all the details on how to take Rigevidon in the patient information leaflet. This also contains instructions on when in your cycle you should start taking Rigevidon and what you should do if you miss a pill.
How effective is Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is a clinically proven oral contraceptive pill but it must be taken as directed in the patient information leaflet in order to work correctly.
If you suffer from any sickness or diarrhoea shortly after taking the contraceptive pill Rigevidon, your body may not have absorbed all the hormones. Follow the advice in the patient information leaflet if this happens so that you are still protected from pregnancy.
What are the main side effects of Rigevidon?
Like all medicines, Rigevidon can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Rigevidon are:
- Mood swings
Rigevidon, like other contraceptive pills, can increase your chances of developing a blood clot. Read more about this and see the full list of Rigevidon side effects in the patient information leaflet.