Order Rigevidon online
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive also known as ‘the pill’. It contains two different female hormones, progesterone and oestrogen, which work to prevent you from getting pregnant.
Once you get your first prescription from your local GP, you can order repeat prescriptions from our Zava Doctors online.
Who can use Rigevidon?
Rigevidon may not be right for you if you:
- have just given birth
- are breastfeeding or think you may be pregnant
- smoke or are very overweight
- are taking medications that make Rigevidon unsafe
- have medical conditions that make taking Rigevidon unsafe
How to order Rigevidon online
To order Rigevidon from us online:
- Fill in a medical questionnaire and answer a few questions about your health
- One of our registered doctors will review your order and check if Rigevidon is right for you
- You can then choose your delivery option at the checkout, which may vary depending on the pack size and dosage you’ve ordered
- Your medication is then posted by our pharmacy to either a preferred address or a local post office for you to collect
What are the side effects of Rigevidon?
Like most medications, Rigevidon can cause side effects, although not everyone will get them. Some common side effects of Rigevidon include:
- Mood changes
- Breast pain or tenderness
- Stomach pain
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Skin reactions
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of getting a blood clot
- Bleeding between periods, or periods stopping completely
- Contact lens irritation
- Change in appetite
- Vaginal discharge
- Your body may retain more fluids
- Change in your sex drive (libido)
Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill that’s taken orally. It contains two hormones: oestrogen and progesterone.
Rigevidon works mainly by:
- stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation)
- increasing the thickness of the mucus in your cervix, which helps stop sperm reaching the egg
- thinning the lining of your womb, making it hard for a fertilised egg to attach to it
The active ingredients in Rigevidon are ethinylestradiol 30 micrograms (oestrogen) and levonorgestrel 150 micrograms (progesterone).
If you start taking your Rigevidon pill on day 1-5 of your menstrual period, you should be protected straight away without needing to use extra protection like a condom. But, if you start any other time during your period, you should use additional contraception, like a condom, for the first 7 days of taking the pill.
You should take one Rigevidon pill at the same time every day for 21 days and then take a 7-day break from taking the pill. During the 7-day break, you may get ‘withdrawal bleeding’, like your normal period. You should continue taking the pill right away after the 7-day break, even if you’re still bleeding.
For the pill to work properly, you should continue with this pattern of taking the pill: 21 days on the pill followed by a 7-day break.
If you forget to take the pill, take it as soon as you remember and continue the with next pill as normal. If you‘ve missed taking your Pill for longer than 24 hours, or you forget 2 or more pills, you should also use another form of contraception such as condoms, for the next 7 days to prevent pregnancy. You might need to use emergency contraception if you have had sex in this time.
If you’ve had vomiting or diarrhoea while taking the pill, it might not be as effective anymore. If either of these continue for more than 24 hours, you should also use another form of contraception such as a condom until you have been able to take the pill normally for 7 days.
Always contact your online doctor or GP for advice if you’re unsure about how you’re meant to be using the contraceptive pill.
In the UK, there are over 20 different oral, combined contraceptive pills available, and everyone reacts differently to each type of pill.
There are mixed reviews of using Rigevidon pills. Some women have said they experience mainly mood swings while using Rigevidon. Some others said they had some side effects in the beginning but it settled down later. Some women also said they had no issues at all for 3 years of using Rigevidon.
Rigevidon is generally a safe contraceptive pill as long as a doctor has assessed you before you order your medication.
Rigevidon may not be safe for you to take if:
- you have certain health conditions, like: diabetes, vascular disease, breast cancer, stroke, liver disease, depression, or risk of blood clots
- you’re taking some medications, including: antibiotics like rifampicin or rifabutin, antiepileptics, antifungals, or some HIV medicines
You should tell your doctor about any medications or health conditions you have, before ordering the pill.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop taking Rigevidon straight away and speak to a doctor:
- Stabbing pains or unusual swelling in one leg
- Coughing up blood
- Sudden severe chest pain when you breathe or cough
- Very severe headaches
- Sudden disturbances in your vision, hearing, or speech
- Any sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body
- Fainting, collapsing, or having an epileptic seizure
- Any significant rise in your blood pressure
- Itching that affects your whole body
- Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
- Severe stomach pain
- Severe depression
You can get contraception, including combined oral pills like Rigevidon, for free on the NHS. You can visit any of these places in the UK to get your free contraception:
- GP surgery
- Sexual health clinic
- Some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
- Community contraception clinics
Acne has also been listed as a side effect of Rigevidon. That doesn’t mean that everyone who takes Rigevidon will get acne, but just that a small percentage of women who use Rigevidon do get acne.
Article created: 16 Feb 2019
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Contraceptive pills are a reliable way of reducing your risk of getting pregnant from sex. Zava offers most common brands of pill, so you can order your preferred brand by visiting our contraceptive pill service page.
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