Rigevidon is one of the most commonly prescribed pills in the UK. It has been around and researched for years, and is often prescribed to women who are just starting to take the pill because it contains a standard dose of oestrogen, and a progestogen with a lower risk of blood clots than some other combined pills.
What is in the Rigevidon pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 5 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
The Rigevidon pill does improve acne for a number of users, but it's important to remember that it affects everyone differently so you aren't guaranteed a positive change. Taking the combined pill may also cause acne to worsen initially when you start taking it. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Does Rigevidon cause weight gain?
There's no clear evidence that taking Rigevidon will affect your weight. Weight gain, and loss, can be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones and your menstrual cycle, like water retention, but more research needs to be done on this. Make sure to take a look at our users' reviews to see how our community reports Rigevidon affects their weight. You can also take a look at our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
Can Rigevidon cause depression or mood swings?
There's no conclusive evidence to suggest that Rigevidon causes depression or mood swings, but for some women, hormonal contraception may cause emotional side effects. You can find out more by checking out the reviews users of Rigevidon have left at The Lowdown to see what changes they experienced to their mood. You can also find out more information on this topic in our guide to contraception and mood.
Can I take Rigevidon without a break?
Yes you can! The Rigevidon contraceptive pill (and other similar combined pills) can be taken back to back without a break between pill packets. This means that you can avoid having a withdrawal bleed between packets, but you may experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding as you adjust to the new routine. Taking your pill like this also means your pill may be more effective and you may have fewer side effects like withdrawal headaches. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking.
Can Rigevidon stop periods?
Traditionally, combined pills such as Rigevidon have been taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you may have a withdrawal bleed like a period. Some people may experience very light bleeding or no bleeding at all during the break. If packets of the combined pill are taken continuously or back to back without a break it is also possible to avoid having a bleed altogether. If you experience a change in bleeding pattern whilst taking the combined pill and may be at risk of pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test.
What happens if I miss a Rigevidon pill?
You have missed a birth control pill when it is more than 24 hours after you should have taken it. What to do next depends on where you are in your pack and how many pills you have missed, so make sure you read the instructions in the patient information leaflet carefully or use our Missed Pill Calculator to find out what to do next!
How the Rigevidon pill works:
Rigevidon is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Rigevidon 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 by preventing the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Rigevidon is around 93% effective with typical use which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking the pill each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Rigevidon pill:
You should take your Rigevidon pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at every day (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Rigevidon is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back. Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Rigevidon is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Rigevidon pill:
Rigevidon is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that combined pills do not protect you from STIs.