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What is Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is a birth control pill that offers over 99% protection from pregnancy . It’s a combined contraceptive pill, which means it contains two active ingredients, an oestrogen and a progesterone hormone. These work by stopping you from ovulating and altering your menstrual cycle. Some women find it also helps them have more regular and lighter periods.

The same dose and hormone formulation in Rigevidon is used in other pills too, like Microgynon 30 and Ovranette. So if you’ve used these pills before and they worked well for you, it’s likely Rigevidon will work well too.

Even though Rigevidon is very effective if you use it exactly right, it’s slightly less effective if you make a mistake while taking it. So it’s best to follow the instructions with it to help make sure it’s as effective as possible.

Is there more than one dose of Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is only available in one dosage which is 30/150. You can get other pills that are the same but with an oestrogen level that changes in phases, like Logynon or TriRegol. So if you take Rigevidon but find that it doesn’t quite sit right with your cycle, you might be recommended one of these pills instead.

How does Rigevidon work?

The contraceptive pill works in three ways to make pregnancy less likely.

The main way is by stopping your body from ovulating. If you don’t ovulate, then you don’t produce an egg to be fertilised by sperm. Something else the pill does is stops your uterine lining from layering up, so it can’t harbour an egg when it has been fertilised. Also, the hormones in the pill make your cervical fluid thicker, and this makes it much more difficult for sperm to swim through.

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How to take Rigevidon

The instructions for Rigevidon are easy to follow and should become second nature after a while. Each strip of Rigevidon pills is marked with the days of the week to help you keep track of what you’ve taken. You should take Rigevidon at the same time each day to get the most out of it.

  • There are 21 pills in each pack.
  • You’ll take one a day for 21 days.
  • This is followed by a seven day break.
  • You’ll then move on to the next pack.
  • Each tablet should be swallowed whole, preferably with water.
  • It’s recommended that you take it alongside something you do at the same time every day, such as just before bed or with breakfast.

When to start Rigevidon

How long Rigevidon takes to work depends on when you start taking it. If you haven’t taken a hormonal contraceptive the day before, you should start the course on the first day of your period. This will provide you with immediate protection against pregnancy.

Starting Rigevidon on any other day of your cycle will require you to use a barrier contraceptive for seven days. At the end of the strip of 21 pills, you’ll then take a seven day break before starting the next strip.

If you’ve taken a different combined contraceptive up until the first day of switching to Rigevidon tablets, you should start and complete the strip of 21 pills and then take the seven day break, even if this means extending the time without the seven day break. You can then carry on taking Rigevidon as normal.

What to do about a missed pill on Rigevidon

It’s ideal to take Rigevidon at the same time each day, but Rigevidon can be taken up to 12 hours after your usual time and you will still be more than 99% protected against pregnancy. After 12 hours, it counts as a missed pill, and you will need to take extra contraceptive measures, such as using a condom for seven days.

Take your most recent forgotten pill as soon as you remember, and then the next one at the normal time, even if it means taking two pills on the same day. If your Rigevidon missed pill is towards the end of your cycle, you may be advised to skip your seven day break and start your next strip right after your current one.

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What are the active ingredients in Rigevidon?

The two active ingredients in Rigevidon are synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone called ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, respectively. These adjust your menstrual cycle to prevent pregnancy.

To create the conditions where you’re able to get pregnant, different hormones in your body rise and fall throughout the course of the menstrual cycle. The hormones in the pill help to supplement levels of certain types, and this then stops your menstrual cycle from happening as it normally would.

How effective is Rigevidon?

It’s over 99% effective at preventing pregnany, so the most reliable reversible contraception short of not having sex.

It’s a little less effective if you miss a pill or make a mistake with it. Typical (or real world) effectiveness is 91%. So if you do miss one or more pills, you’ll have to use a barrier contraception like a condom for a week to make up the difference.

For some women, contraceptive pills like Rigevidon can help to clear up acne as well. An analysis has suggested that levonorgestrel, a hormone used in Rigevidon, reduces acne ‘lesion’ count in women using it.

Can I take Rigevidon without a break?

The licensed way to take it is with the seven day break every month. But you can take Rigevidon back to back, which is called stacking. There are benefits to taking the pill like this.

Firstly, it’s easier to take the pill every day (because you don’t have to be mindful of a break) so it edges you closer to ‘perfect use’. It can also stop you from having a period (withdrawal bleed) each month, which some women might prefer. But it’s not recommended that you do this without consulting a clinician first.

What about coming off the Rigevidon pill?

You can stop taking Rigevidon any time if you decide you want to start trying for a baby. If you’re trying to become pregnant, it’s recommended that you wait for a month after coming off the pill for your natural cycle to start again (a new period) before actively trying to conceive.

If you want to remain protected against pregnancy after finishing Rigevidon, you’ll need to use another contraceptive. You should speak with your prescribing clinician if you’re thinking of swapping your contraceptive pill.

What are the alternatives to Rigevidon?

There are quite a few Rigevidon alternatives to choose from. Some have exactly the same dosages and active ingredients, others have lower dosages and others still have very different active ingredients.

Levest, Microgynon, Elevin, Maexeni and Ovranette all carry the same hormone formulation as Rigevidon. So it’s quite a common type of pill.

The main difference between other pills like Lucette and Rigevidon is the type of progesterone in them. For some women, this might be more (or less) suitable in helping to control menstrual symptoms. Gedarel 30 and Rigevidon are similar as well, with only the progesterone ingredient being a little different.

Is Microgynon 30 the same as Rigevidon?

The active ingredients are exactly the same and at the same dosage. So are Microgynon 30 and Rigevidon the same medications? They’re very close. The only differences are excipient ingredients, branding and price (Microgynon is slightly more expensive).

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