Frequently Asked Questions
Rigevidon Combined Pillis a contraceptive medication for women. It’s a combined oral conceptive, commonly known as the pill. Rigevidon Combined Pill can stop you from becoming pregnant but cannot protect you against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
Rigevidon Combined Pill contains two female sex hormones, Oestrogen and Progestogen. These hormones can stop you getting pregnant by:
- Preventing ovulation
- Thickening the fluid within the neck of the womb, preventing sperm reaching the egg
- Thinning the lining of the womb, lowering the chances of an egg implanting and growing in the womb
By doing this, Rigevidon Combined Pill is over 99% effective as a contraceptive when used correctly.
You should take Rigevidon Combined Pill once daily with a glass of water. You should take it at the same time each day. Helpfully, Rigevidon Combined Pill strips are labelled with the days of the week and an arrow telling you the order in which to take them. You should always take your Rigevidon Combined Pill on the day of the week that has been marked and continue taking the tablets daily in the direction of the arrow until the 21 tablet strip is empty.
Once you’ve finished the entire strip, you should take a 7 day break from Rigevidon Combined Pill. During the 7 day break from Rigevidon Combined Pill, you will have a withdrawal bleed. On the 8thday, start the new strip of Rigevidon Combined Pill.
You can take Rigevidon Combined Pill at any point in your menstrual cycle, but it will be most effective as a contraceptive when taken during the first 5 days of your period. If you start Rigevidon Combined Pill at any other point during your period, you will need to use additional contraception in order to be protected from pregnancy for at least 7 days.
If you forget to take a Rigevidon Combined Pill, take the missed tablet as soon as you remember and then take your next tablet at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in the same day – this is fine. Rigevidon Combined Pill will still prevent pregnancy if you do this.
If you have missed two Rigevidon Combined Pills, it becomes less effective as a contraceptive. Take one of the missed doses as soon as you remember and take your next tablet at the usual time. You must use additional contraception, such as condoms, for at least 7 days.
Yes, there are reasons you should not take Rigevidon Combined Pill.
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients present in Rigevidon Combined Pill.
- You have a blood clot in any organ, or a disorder affecting blood clotting.
- You have had a heart attack or stroke.
- You have a liver disease, have or had a liver tumor.
- You have are suspected of having breast cancer.
- You have or have had Angina Pectoris.
- You have unexplained bleeding of the vagina.
Talk to your pharmacist or prescriber before taking Rigevidon Combined Pill. If you have any questions about whether you should take Rigevidon Combined Pill, make sure to use our free Ask a Pharmacist service.
Rigevidon Combined Pill can interact with other medication. Check with your pharmacist or prescriber before taking Rigevidon Combined Pill if you are taking any of the following medication:
- Hepatic Enzyme Inducers
This is not a complete list of medication that could interact with Rigevidon Combined Pill. Always read your Rigevidon Combined PillPatient Information Leafletfor more information.
As with any medication, Rigevidon Combined Pill can have side effects. These may include:
- Altered mood
- Decreased sexual drive (lower libido)
- Breast pain
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. As always, check the Patient Information Leafletfor a more in-depth list of possible side effects, warnings and precautions.
Yes, there are other oral contraceptives available. These include the combined pill Cilest, which contains Norgestimate and Ethinylestradiol, and the progestogen only pill (POP) Cerellewhich only contains one female sex hormone and so may be better for women who have had issues with the combined pill.