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Microgynon 30 ED pill

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Overview

Rated 2.4

35 reviews

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Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.5

525 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Microgynon 30 ED pill ingredients

Main hormones in Microgynon 30 ED pill

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

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Microgynon 30 ED pill reviews

35 reviews

Used for 5 - 8 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  11th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on this for 6 years and I was told that if I was getting bad migraines that I could be at risk of a stroke- something that I was unaware could happen and had been happening for months.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

Did its job in preventing pregnancy but had to stop due to debilitating mental side effects, nausea, & markedly decreased sex drive. Felt extremely moody & anxious, random crying spells for no reason. Frequently would wake up in the middle of the night feeling I was going to vomit, very hot & sweaty so didn't sleep well while on it. Only took it on full stomach to try to reduce the nausea but it didn't always matter. Not pleasant at all.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Mar 22

  •  Stopped using

Was great in terms of taking the pill back to back - no periods. But I ended up developing migraines and my doctor switched me to the mini pill because of that. Since switching from the COC to mini pill, my sex drive has come back.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  11th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on this for 6 years and I was told that if I was getting bad migraines that I could be at risk of a stroke- something that I was unaware could happen and had been happening for months.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

Did its job in preventing pregnancy but had to stop due to debilitating mental side effects, nausea, & markedly decreased sex drive. Felt extremely moody & anxious, random crying spells for no reason. Frequently would wake up in the middle of the night feeling I was going to vomit, very hot & sweaty so didn't sleep well while on it. Only took it on full stomach to try to reduce the nausea but it didn't always matter. Not pleasant at all.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Mar 22

  •  Stopped using

Was great in terms of taking the pill back to back - no periods. But I ended up developing migraines and my doctor switched me to the mini pill because of that. Since switching from the COC to mini pill, my sex drive has come back.


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Rigevidon pill reviews

525 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days 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
  •  2 days 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
  •  2 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 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days 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
  •  2 days 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
  •  2 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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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I got prescribed this pill for contraception and was on it for about 2 years. During this time I had recurring thrush every 2 months. I visited my GP multiple times and they told me it had nothing to do will the pill however when I did my own research online it said pills with high oestrogen can cause thrush. It was only when I refused to be continued on this pill and swapped to Yasmin a low oestrogen that it cleared up. I am writing the post incase anyone else is experiencing something similar as it was a miserable time


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