Your Online Medical Consultation

About you

Are you female and between 18 - 55 years old?

Have you discussed the contraceptive pill with your GP, practice nurse, GUM clinic health care professional in the last 12 months

Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse or healthcare provider that you should NOT use an oral contraceptive pill, patch or ring?

Are you currently using any form of contraception?

e.g. pill, ring, patch, implant, coil or other?

If you are using the pill, please tell our doctors which pill you are currently using.

Have you previous used any form of contraception in the past?

e.g. pill, ring, patch, implant, coil or other.

Please provide details such as the name and when you stopped using this method

Have you ever experienced any of the following

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding (when you’re not on your period) e.g. after sex or between periods
  • A severe headache associated with sickness and/or sensitivity to light
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

Your Health

Is your BMI under 35?

Do you smoke or have you given up smoking within the last 6 months?

Have you had your blood pressure checked in the last 12 months?

Was the value between 90/60-140/90?

Do you have any allergies to medication or substances?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

Such as

  • Epilepsy (carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, and topiramate)
  • Herbal medication for low mood (e.g. St. John’s Wort)
  • High blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs (bosentan);
  • High blood pressure (hypertension), angina or certain heart rhythm disorders (e.g. diltiazem).
  • Bacterial infections (e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin)
  • Hepatitis C virus infection (e.g. boceprevir, griseofulvin, telaprevir)
  • HIV infections (e.g. efavirenz, nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir);
  • Fungal infection (ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole)

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, or recreations drugs.

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you suffer from any medical problems?

Such as

  • Blood clots (DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis of legs) (PE Pulmonary Embolism of lungs)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Attack or Angina
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Migraines
  • Stroke

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

Such as

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?

Important information to know

I understand the following about taking the oral contraceptive pill

  • It is important to take the contraceptive pill every day at the same time in order to for it to be effective.
  • If I am starting this treatment after a pause I should also use an extra method (such as condoms) for the next 7 days.
  • If I miss two pills, I I should also use an extra method (such as condoms) for the next 7 days.

Whilst taking the contraceptive pill, it is important to:

  • Inform any doctor/nurse/dentist issuing new medication that I am on the pill. This is because medication, e.g. specific antibiotics, can cause the contraceptive pill to be less effective.
  • Have regular STI checks, at least once yearly, and sooner if changing sexual partners. The contraceptive pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Have regular smear tests. Cervical screening is offered to detect changes in a woman’s cervix that could develop into cervical cancer. It is done every 3 years for women aged 25-49 and every 5 years from 50-64 years.
  • Check my breasts regularly and contact my doctor as soon as possible if I feel any new lumps in the breasts

I will contact a doctor immediately if:

  • I experience unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain or suddenly collapse
  • I notice pain, swelling and tenderness in one leg (usually the calf)

AGREEMENT

We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication safe and effective for you

Rigevidon

 

Rigevidon is known as a combined oral contraceptive. It is used to prevent pregnancy when taken as directed. Rigevidon contains a combination of Norgestimate and Ethinylestradiol. Simply complete a short questionnaire to help our GPs make sure this medication is safe for you to take. All prices include a private prescription from one of our UK registered GPs.

Please note: We are only able to issue this item for patients who are already taking this medication. If you need to get started on the contraceptive pill, please see your GP.

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Important Facts About Rigevidon

Most frequent questions and answers Rigevidon as a form of contraception

Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive, which is often called the pill. 

contraceptive pill Rigevidon, contains oestrogen, and a progestogen, lovonorgestrel in a low dose.

These hormones stop you from getting pregnant by:

  1. Stopping ovaries from releasing an egg
  2. Thicken the fluid at the neck of the womb to make it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg
  3. Alter womb lining to make it less likely to accept a fertalised egg

The contraceptive pill Rigevidon prevents you from getting pregnant. 

Combined oral contraceptive pills such as Rigevidon do not protect you from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), only condoms can help do this. 

You should not take Rigevidon if:

  • You have a blood clot in any organ
  • You have a disorder affecting blood clotting
  • You need an operation, or are off your feet for a long time
  • You have had a heart attack or stroke
  • You have or had angina pectoris
  • You have a ‘migraine with aura’
  • You have any disease that may increase the risk of clots
  • You have breast cancer or cancer of the genitals
  • You have a liver disease
  • You have or ever had liver tumour
  • You have unexplained bleeding from the vagine
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You have hepatitis C

As with any form of medication, Rigevidon has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rigevidon.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Rigevidon:

  • Vaginitis
  • Mood swings
  • Altered sexual desire
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling/being sick
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne
  • Breast pain
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Abnormality of cervix
  • Vaginal secretion
  • Changes in weight

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rigevidon.

A common question asked, is “What happens if I miss a pill”?

If you miss taking the Rigevidon pill, you must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember – Even if you have to take 2 Rigevidon tablets at the same time. Followign this, you should continue taking tablets at the usual time of day.

If you miss the pill in the first week of taking you should also use a barrier method of contraception (e.g condom) for the next 7 days. Following the first week, it is not necessary to take further contraception measures.

You should take one Rigevidon tablet each day, and should take a pill whole with water at the same time each day.

The Rigevidon packet is marked with the day of the week, you should follow the arrow until the strip is empty (21 days). Following this, you have 7 days where you do not take any Rigevidon pills. 

You should keep Rigevidon tablets out the the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Rigevidon after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP. 

Rigevidon tablets should be stored below 25°C

Do not throw away any unused Rigevidon pills via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About the Morning After Pill

Most frequent questions and answers about the morning after pill

The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraceptive that can be used after unprotected sex in order to prevent pregnancy.

Homones within the morning after pill prevent or delay ovulation.

There are two types of morning after pill, ellaOne and Levonelle.

To decide which pill is most effective for you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor. An online consultation using e-Surgery’s “ask a pharmacist” service is also available. 

Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, which affects your ability to ovulate – preventing you from getting pregnant.

ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, which delays ovary egg release – preventing you from getting pregnant. 

The morning after pill does not protect you from any STIs. If you have had unprotected sex and are worried you may have caught an STI, you should contact your local GP or sexual health clinic for a test.

Most women can use the morning after pill. 

You can not take the morning after pill if you’re allergic to any of the ingradients or are currently taking:

  • St John’s Wort
  • Epilepsy, HIV or Tuberculosis treatment
  • Medicines that reduce stomach acidity
  • Uncommon antibiotics

Females that have had unprotected sex in that past 5 or 3 days (ellaOne or Levonelle, respectively). You should not use the morning after pill as a regular form of contraception.

Levonelle needs to be taken within 3 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.

ellaOne needs to be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective.

Both morning after pills are more effective the sooner you take it following unprotected sex.

You can find out more information about the morning after pill on a variety of websites. These include the NHS website and WebMD.

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