Rigevidon contraceptive pill
£13.99 – £19.99
- Combined Oral Contraceptive
- Active Ingredient: levonorgestrel (Progestogen) And Ethinylestradiol (Oestrogen)
- Over 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill used to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Rigevidon contains levonorgestrel (progesterone) and ethinylestradiol (oestrogen) and taken correctly can be over 99% effective.
What is Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive, also called the pill. It contains two types of female hormones: anoestrogen, ethinylestradiol, and a progestogen, levonorgestrel in a low dose.
The combined contraceptive pill protects you against getting pregnant in three ways. These hormones
1.stop the ovary from releasing an egg each month(ovulation)
2.also thicken the ﬂuid(at the neck of the womb)making it more diﬃcult for the sperm to reach the egg
3.alter the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
If taken correctly,the pill is an eﬀective reversible form of contraception. However, in certain circumstances the eﬀectiveness of the pill may reduce or should you stoptaking the pill. In these cases either do not have sex, or use extra non-hormonal contraceptive precautions(such as condoms or another barrier method) during intercourse to ensure eﬀective contraception.
Remember, combined oral contraceptive pills like Rigevidon will not protect you against sexually-transmitteddiseases (such as AIDS). Only condoms can help to do this please see the my pharmacy Durex selction.
HOW TO TAKE RIGEVIDON
The daily dosage is one coated tablet.
You should try to take your pill at about the same time each day.You may ﬁnd it easiest to take it either lastthing at night or ﬁrst thing in the morning.
Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary.
Each pack of Rigevidon contains 1 memo strip of 21 coated tablets or 3 memo strips of 21 coated tablets. The memostrip has been designed to help you remember to take your pills.
The pack is marked with the day of the week on which each pill should be taken. Following the direction of the arrow printed on the pack you should take one pill each day for 21 days until the strip is empty.
Then you have 7 days when you do not take a pill. During the 7 pill-free days, on day 2 or 3, you will have menstruation- like withdrawal bleeding, i.e. your monthly period.
Start your next strip on the 8th day (following the 7 pill-free days) – even if the bleeding has not yet ended. As long as you take Rigevidon correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week, and you will always have your monthly period on the same day of the month.
Starting the ﬁrst pack
If no oral contraception has been used during the preceding cycle
Take the ﬁrst pill on the ﬁrst day of your period. This is the ﬁrst day of your cycle the day when bleeding starts take a pill.
marked for that day of the week (for example,if it is Tuesday when your period starts,take the pill marked Tuesdayon the pack).
Follow the direction of the arrow and continue taking one pill each day until the strip is empty.
If you start on day 2-5 of your period, you should use another method of contraception as well, such as the condom,for the ﬁrst seven pill-taking days,but this is only for the ﬁrst pack.
You do not need to use any other form of contraception during the seven-day break provided you have taken the 21pills properly and you start the next pack on time.
What should I do if I miss taking Rigevidon?
If you’ve missed a dose of Rigevidon, you should take it as soon as you remember, and have your next dose as normal, even if this means taking two tablets at once. In this scenario, you will still be protected against pregnancy and do not require any extra precautions.
However, if you have forgotten to take 2 or more pills (or started your pack 2 days late), you will not be protected against pregnancy. You should take the missed pill as soon as possible, even if this means taking two tablets at once (but no more), and continue taking the tablets as normal until you complete the pack. You will not be protected from pregnancy for 7 days after remembering to take the missed pills, so you should use an alternative method of contraception (e.g a condom), or refrain from sex.
urther information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required
The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries.
The Combined pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days.
You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.
Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets.
If you have heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill may help.
The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.
How the combined pill works
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
There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:
Monophasic 21-day pills
This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.
Phasic 21-day pills
Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.
Every day (ED) pills
There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.
Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
What to do if you miss a pill
If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.
Who can use the combined pill
If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
You should not take the pill if you:
smoke and are 35 or older
stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
are very overweight
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):
thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
disease of the gallbladder or liver
diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years
Risks of taking the combined pill
There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.
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 embolus (clot in your lung)
The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that 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.
being 35 years old or over
being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
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 high blood pressure
having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
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.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any
side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your health that you think may be
due to the pill, please talk to your doctor.
Common; (contact your doctor is these persist or are uncomfortable)
Headache / MigraineDepression or mood changesNauseaBreast painBleeding between periods / Change in vaginal discharge
Uncommon side effects of taking Rigevidon include: (contact your doctor is these persist or are uncomfortable)
Vomiting / DiarrhoeaBreast enlargementWeight changesVaginal infectionSevere itchingHigh or low blood pressureAcneFluid retention.
Rare, serious side effects (stop taking and contact your doctor)
Hearing impairmentBlood clotsA slight increase in the risk of breast and cervical cancerLiver problemsSevere allergic reaction
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.