Lucette pill vs Rigevidon pill

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Lucette pill

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Overview

Rated 3.0

108 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.5

526 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Lucette pill ingredients

Main hormones in Lucette pill

Anti-Androgenic progestogen

Medium oestrogen


Rigevidon pill ingredients

Main hormones in Rigevidon pill

Androgenic progestogen

Medium oestrogen

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Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Lucette pill reviews

108 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  13th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I've suffered with acne since I was a teen and had to come off Dianette due to my age. So I went on this back in October after a brief stint on Rigevidion, which I didn't get on with. Lucette made me have panic attacks and my anxiety skyrocketed while I was on it, to the point where I had to be signed off work. On top of this, I didn't really notice a lot of difference in my acne, only that it had stopped appearing around my neck under my chin. So I made the decision to come off Lucette, hopefully something else will help me.

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Nov 23

  •  Still using

I've been taking Lucette for 14 months after being contraceptive free for 3 years. I haven't noticed major differences at all, however I do feel a slight mental dullness/brain fog as you usually do with the pill which is annoying but that's just part of the side effects. Overall I'm happy with it and wouldn't change to another pill! It's also helped my acne prone skin a lot


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I'm going to give this pill 4/5. First off, I started on this pill in 2019 at age 20 in combination with Spironolactone (for 6 months) to help my skin as I had back and chest acne. It definitely did the job well, my skin is so clear and I have no chest or back acne, just the occasional small spot on my face. I wasn't having sex when I first started this pill so it really was just for my skin, the only noticeable side effects at first were my boobs - they grew a lot, I went from a 32dd to a 34ff. I also had some initial weight gain but didn't have a problem losing it, I successfully lost 3 stone whilst on this pill but my boobs stayed massive (30f). The other side effect I noticed were how sensitive my eyes became, even when its rainy/cloudy outside I can barely keep my eyes open without sunglasses; I believe this is due to the pill drying them out as it has done my skin. In the past 2 years however I have noticed (as has my boyfriend and mum) how emotional I am, I cry at everything, sometimes I will be working and just start crying as well as a general feeling of melancholy and being unmotivated - even my coworkers would say 'isn't it about time you cried today?'. Not ideal. I have been contemplating coming off this pill for the past year as the lack of control regarding my emotions has become unbearable, I can't have a regular conversation without crying. Have decided that I am going to do it, although I am nervous that my skin will go back to being spotty though.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  13th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I've suffered with acne since I was a teen and had to come off Dianette due to my age. So I went on this back in October after a brief stint on Rigevidion, which I didn't get on with. Lucette made me have panic attacks and my anxiety skyrocketed while I was on it, to the point where I had to be signed off work. On top of this, I didn't really notice a lot of difference in my acne, only that it had stopped appearing around my neck under my chin. So I made the decision to come off Lucette, hopefully something else will help me.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Nov 23

  •  Still using

I've been taking Lucette for 14 months after being contraceptive free for 3 years. I haven't noticed major differences at all, however I do feel a slight mental dullness/brain fog as you usually do with the pill which is annoying but that's just part of the side effects. Overall I'm happy with it and wouldn't change to another pill! It's also helped my acne prone skin a lot


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I'm going to give this pill 4/5. First off, I started on this pill in 2019 at age 20 in combination with Spironolactone (for 6 months) to help my skin as I had back and chest acne. It definitely did the job well, my skin is so clear and I have no chest or back acne, just the occasional small spot on my face. I wasn't having sex when I first started this pill so it really was just for my skin, the only noticeable side effects at first were my boobs - they grew a lot, I went from a 32dd to a 34ff. I also had some initial weight gain but didn't have a problem losing it, I successfully lost 3 stone whilst on this pill but my boobs stayed massive (30f). The other side effect I noticed were how sensitive my eyes became, even when its rainy/cloudy outside I can barely keep my eyes open without sunglasses; I believe this is due to the pill drying them out as it has done my skin. In the past 2 years however I have noticed (as has my boyfriend and mum) how emotional I am, I cry at everything, sometimes I will be working and just start crying as well as a general feeling of melancholy and being unmotivated - even my coworkers would say 'isn't it about time you cried today?'. Not ideal. I have been contemplating coming off this pill for the past year as the lack of control regarding my emotions has become unbearable, I can't have a regular conversation without crying. Have decided that I am going to do it, although I am nervous that my skin will go back to being spotty though.


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Rigevidon pill reviews

526 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Started taking this pill 8 years ago when I was 18 for contraception and to lighten periods that were on the heavy side and quite painful. The first few years were great, periods were lighter and less painful, no notable side effects. I started tricycling packets a few years back allowing me to plan periods around events. I think with time periods on this pill became more painful and heavier, with some infrequent almost unbearable pains, maybe once per period I would have 10 mins of agony. My blood pressure is now slightly raised and I have been having heart palpitations/high Heart rate. I had a migraine with aura a few weeks back (during my pill free week so probably linked to hormone changes). My skin has worsened in the last few years with big chin and jaw cysts but again these are infrequent. I hadn’t noticed mood changes maybe as I had been on this pill for so long. My sex drive was also none existent and I would never think of initiating sex. Due to all these symptoms I have come off birth control all together. I was incredibly anxious about coming off the pill as the thought of no longer having control over my periods was so alien to me. Since coming off my heart symptoms have improved, migraines improved, skin has improved (but I have been using prescription medication too), mood has improved (apart from the few days before my period!). The first period back came exactly 28 days after stopping the pill and has been heavier but less painful and manageable using a menstrual disc. My sex drive Increased immediately after stopping the pill and even more so around ovulation. I had lost about 6lbs from around my hips and stomach in a few weeks with no diet changes. My boobs feel slightly smaller and are more sensitive. I am now looking for the right alternative contraceptive for me whilst tracking my monthly cycles and getting to know my body better. The doctors immediately recommended I switch to a POP which I haven’t done yet, as maybe non hormonal would be better. Coming off the combined pill has prompted some open conversations with friends, and to my surprise all have had their own struggles with combined pills and no longer take them. I think we need more support as young women to make informed decisions around these topics rather than get dumped on the cheapest medication available that have symptoms that impact so many aspects of physical and mental health. In summary it was good for a while and may be better for some people but don’t let yourself feel trapped by the convenience of this pill. Don’t ignore any negative side effects as ultimately your body knows best.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Stopped using

This pill was hell i had to stop taking it before it got too much for me. It helped my painful periods but the cons outweighed the pros. I gained a lot of weight no matter what i did i was always hungry. My breast got bigger however were always extremely tender. MY MOODS were so awful i was difficult to be around people didn’t want to talk to me as much as i was so easily irritated and negative all the time and it was affecting my relationship. I was always extremely upset and lethargic and cried throughout the day and got angry at the people i love for little things. I felt a bit nauseous and had a few headaches but not too bad. I absolutely would not recommend this pill to anyone, i know a few people who have taken it and i’ve never once heard of someone having a good experience with it so it saddens me that this is usually the go to first combined pill doctors recommend.


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Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I have tried many contraceptions ranging from the injection to the implant. I landed on this pill at about 20 years old and at the beginning it worked really well considering how all the others gave me really bad bleeding or other side effects. I’ve been on Rigevidon on and off for about 8 years. And I’d say within the last few years I’ve noticed a huge change in my moods when on the pill and when on a break from it I’m happier. This pill has caused anxiety, worry, stress and bouts of depression. I’m not usually like this and it’s horrible to feel like each month I dread the time that my mood will dip and I’ll feel not like myself. I’ve had to even explain this to my fiancé so he’s prepared and it’s not fair on either of us. I overthink and it’s just like a grey cloud following me. It’s not worth it and truthfully I’ll be coming off it for good when this packet is finished!


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Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Started taking this pill 8 years ago when I was 18 for contraception and to lighten periods that were on the heavy side and quite painful. The first few years were great, periods were lighter and less painful, no notable side effects. I started tricycling packets a few years back allowing me to plan periods around events. I think with time periods on this pill became more painful and heavier, with some infrequent almost unbearable pains, maybe once per period I would have 10 mins of agony. My blood pressure is now slightly raised and I have been having heart palpitations/high Heart rate. I had a migraine with aura a few weeks back (during my pill free week so probably linked to hormone changes). My skin has worsened in the last few years with big chin and jaw cysts but again these are infrequent. I hadn’t noticed mood changes maybe as I had been on this pill for so long. My sex drive was also none existent and I would never think of initiating sex. Due to all these symptoms I have come off birth control all together. I was incredibly anxious about coming off the pill as the thought of no longer having control over my periods was so alien to me. Since coming off my heart symptoms have improved, migraines improved, skin has improved (but I have been using prescription medication too), mood has improved (apart from the few days before my period!). The first period back came exactly 28 days after stopping the pill and has been heavier but less painful and manageable using a menstrual disc. My sex drive Increased immediately after stopping the pill and even more so around ovulation. I had lost about 6lbs from around my hips and stomach in a few weeks with no diet changes. My boobs feel slightly smaller and are more sensitive. I am now looking for the right alternative contraceptive for me whilst tracking my monthly cycles and getting to know my body better. The doctors immediately recommended I switch to a POP which I haven’t done yet, as maybe non hormonal would be better. Coming off the combined pill has prompted some open conversations with friends, and to my surprise all have had their own struggles with combined pills and no longer take them. I think we need more support as young women to make informed decisions around these topics rather than get dumped on the cheapest medication available that have symptoms that impact so many aspects of physical and mental health. In summary it was good for a while and may be better for some people but don’t let yourself feel trapped by the convenience of this pill. Don’t ignore any negative side effects as ultimately your body knows best.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Stopped using

This pill was hell i had to stop taking it before it got too much for me. It helped my painful periods but the cons outweighed the pros. I gained a lot of weight no matter what i did i was always hungry. My breast got bigger however were always extremely tender. MY MOODS were so awful i was difficult to be around people didn’t want to talk to me as much as i was so easily irritated and negative all the time and it was affecting my relationship. I was always extremely upset and lethargic and cried throughout the day and got angry at the people i love for little things. I felt a bit nauseous and had a few headaches but not too bad. I absolutely would not recommend this pill to anyone, i know a few people who have taken it and i’ve never once heard of someone having a good experience with it so it saddens me that this is usually the go to first combined pill doctors recommend.


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Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I have tried many contraceptions ranging from the injection to the implant. I landed on this pill at about 20 years old and at the beginning it worked really well considering how all the others gave me really bad bleeding or other side effects. I’ve been on Rigevidon on and off for about 8 years. And I’d say within the last few years I’ve noticed a huge change in my moods when on the pill and when on a break from it I’m happier. This pill has caused anxiety, worry, stress and bouts of depression. I’m not usually like this and it’s horrible to feel like each month I dread the time that my mood will dip and I’ll feel not like myself. I’ve had to even explain this to my fiancé so he’s prepared and it’s not fair on either of us. I overthink and it’s just like a grey cloud following me. It’s not worth it and truthfully I’ll be coming off it for good when this packet is finished!


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

My mood changed at first to become very anxious. Then about a month in, I got severe mood swings, was angry, very irritable, and extremely depressed. I talked to my friends and two of them were on rigevidon and experiences the same debilitating mood changes. The only thing this helped with was my acne, but my self-esteem was actually better with a face full of spots than it ever was on this pill. There are studies on the difference between second generation combined pills like rigevidon, and third generation pills which show the huge difference they have on your mood. I would recommend asking your doctor about this if they recommend rigevidon, but unfortunately a lot of doctors don’t know about the common link with depression and mood swings, and still prescribe this as a standard. For some people I think it works, but I think it causes a lot of serious mood changes that go unreported in a lot of others


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was really anxious when using contraception and I struggled with social event and was a lot more emotional. I gained weight. I did back to back packets and then only had a period every three months but this was very heavy.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

Made me very depressed and extremely bad mood swings do not recommend


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
16 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

Worked so well for heavy/irregular periods when I first started using it but after around 6 months it stopped working so I changed to a different pill.


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Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  17th Jan 24

  •  Still using

This pill has done its job for me over the 5+ years I have been taking it. Experience has been reasonably positive, lighter periods, no cramps, generally no mood changes noticed. Overtime I think it has contributed to dryness and more painful sex but that seams to have built up the longer I have taken it so am now ready to move to non hormonal.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

Honestly, the doctors switched me onto this one after they ran out of stock of my other and I took it for 1 month—in that 1 month my mental health has plummeted. My anxiety is massive and I have felt so much bloating.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I switched to Rigevidon after experiencing heavy and irregular bleeding on the Mirena IUD. Before that I’d been on Microgynon for about 6 years and had no issues. My GP told me Rigevidon was the same. Of course my body has changed in this time but the main side effect that was awful was nervousness and feeling very anxious. I felt like I was constantly in a state of feeling like you’re just about to take an exam and generally very emotional. My GP said to give it 3 months but I only gave it 1. I also had breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, headaches and fatigue. I obviously didn’t give it long enough to see if the bleeding and side effects would settle. Maybe they would have but I was at work trying not to cry or be super super nervous all the time and it wasn’t sustainable for me. I’d be wary if your GP is trying to switch you to this from Microgynon. They claim it’s the same but the binding agents are slightly different and they list slightly different side effects… of course everyone is different though so really a bit of trial and error to see what suits you.


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