Order 3 or 6 month supply
Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill. It contains two different synthetic sex hormones; ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel.
To place your order, fill in our brief assessment. Our GP will review this and if Rigevidon is suitable for you, issue your prescription.
Please note, we can only provide repeat prescriptions. Our service is suitable for women who have been taking Rigevidon for at least three months.
Prices include prescription and delivery.
If you need emergency contraception, you can order the morning after pill here.
What's the difference between Rigevidon and Microgynon?
There is no difference in the active ingredients or dosages in Microgynon and Rigevidon. They are exactly the same other than being made by different manufacturers.
How to take Rigevidon
Take Rigevidon just as your doctor has told you to. If you’re not sure you should always ask a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Rigevidon tablets come in a calendar pack that’s marked with days of the week. Because it’s a monophasic pill, every pill contains the same amount of hormones, so you just have to remember to take one pill every day for three weeks, followed by seven days where you don’t take any. If you’ve taken all your pills correctly, not missed any or been ill/taken medicines that might interact with Rigevidon, you’re still protected against pregnancy in your pill-free week.
Try to take your pill at the same time every day. Some women like to take their pill first thing in the morning or last thing at night so that they remember it.
Swallow the pill whole with a glass of water, It doesn’t matter if you take it with or without food.
Active ingredients: 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms levonorgestrel.
Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch,
lactose monohydrate (33 mg), sucrose, calcium carbonate,
titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000 and
povidone carmellose sodium.
The synthetic versions of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone in Rigevidon prevent pregnancy by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg. The pill also increases the amount of natural mucus that’s present in your cervix (the neck of your womb) so that sperm can’t get through so easily, and it affects the quality of the lining of your womb so that a fertilised egg won’t be able to implant itself properly, also preventing pregnancy.
Rigevidon is a contraceptive pill that’s commonly used to prevent pregnancy. Some women also take it to help with heavy, painful or irregular periods.
Women who want to have sex without using a barrier type of contraception like a condom, and women who are experiencing heavy, painful and/or irregular periods. It’s generally suitable for healthy women under the age of 50, and for women under the age of 35 who smoke fewer than 15 cigarettes per day.
You shouldn’t take Rigevidon if:
- you’re breastfeeding
- you’ve ever had a blood clot (thrombosis) in a vein in your leg or lungs
- you have a blood disorder that increase the risk of blood clots in the veins
- you’re currently having sclerosing treatment for varicose veins
- you have two or more other risk factors for getting a blood clot in a vein - family history, obesity, smoking, long-term immobility)
- you’ve had a heart attack, stroke or mini-stroke in the past
- you have angina, heart valve disease or a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation
- you have moderate to severe high blood pressure
- you smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day
- you’re over 50
- you’re over 35 years and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day
- you have severe diabetes
- you experience migraines with aura, severe migraines which last more than 72 hours or migraines that have to be treated with ergot derivatives
- you have breast cancer or have had it in the past five years
- you have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- you have systemic lupus erythematosus
- you have a history of having excess of urea in your blood (haemolytic uraemic syndrome)
- you have any form of active liver disease
- you’ve had liver disease in the past and your liver function hasn’t returned to normal
- you have a disorder that causes jaundice
- you have gallstones
Rigevidon tablets also contain lactose and sucrose so they shouldn’t be taken by anyone and who has an intolerance to either.
Ideally, start taking your pill on the first day of your menstrual cycle (day one of your period) and then you’ll be protected against getting pregnant straight away. If you have a regular length cycle, you can start taking Rigevidon up to day five of your cycle, although if your cycle lasts for fewer than 23 days in between periods, ask your doctor’s advice as you might need to use another form of contraception for the first seven days of taking it.
If you’re reasonably certain that you’re not pregnant, it’s fine to start taking Rigevidon at any time in your cycle, but you won’t be protected from pregnancy straight away so you should use another type of contraception, like condoms, for the first seven days of taking the pill.
You can start taking Rigevidon any time from 21 days after giving birth (if you’re not breastfeeding, in which case it’s advisable to use a different type of contraception until your baby is weaned.)
If you start to take Rigevidon more than 21 days after having a baby, you won’t be protected straight away and so you’ll need an extra form of contraception if you decide to have sex.
You can start taking Rigevidon following a miscarriage or abortion at less than 24 weeks pregnant, and you’ll be protected against pregnancy straight away. If you start to take the pill seven days or more afterwards, you won’t be protected though, so you should use a condom or another form of contraception for the first seven days of taking your pill.
It’s possible that if you’re using Rigevidon for the first time and you’ve not used a similar type of contraceptive pill in the past, you could see some spotting and breakthrough bleeding. You might even be late or miss a period. If you don’t have a withdrawal bleed for two months in a row, it’s unlikely you’re pregnant but take a pregnancy test before starting your next pack anyway.
Zava checks its treatment prices against competitors on a regular basis to ensure it is always competitive. We’re convinced you won’t find the same quality treatment and comparable service for less, but if you do within 14 days of purchase, we’ll refund the difference. All you need to do is contact us and tell us where you found the cheaper price.
As with all medicines, Rigevidon can cause side effects. Not everyone will experience side effects from taking the pill. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include:
- feeling sick and being sick
- pains in your abdomen
- headaches and migraines
- breast tenderness and enlargement
- weight gain or loss
- water retention
- vaginal thrush
- lighter periods and missed periods
- spotting or breakthrough bleeding
- loss of sex drive
- a rise in blood pressure
- skin reactions
- irritation while wearing contact lenses
- brown patches on your skin, usually on your face
- blood clots (DVT, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke)
If you think you are experiencing a side effect from using Rigevidon, even if it’s not mentioned in this list, talk to your doctor. You can also report side effects of medicines via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
You must stop taking Rigevidon straight away and consult a doctor if you notice any of the following:
- stabbing pains in one leg
- unusual swelling in one leg
- pain when you breathe or cough
- coughing up blood
- sudden severe chest pain
- migraine for the first time or a very severe headache
- sudden disturbances in your vision, hearing or speech
- any sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body
- fainting, collapse or 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 must always tell your doctor if you’re taking any other medicines, before you start taking Rigevidon. Many other medicines can interact with it including herbal remedies. Some medicines can stop the pill from working properly, leaving you at risk of pregnancy.
For the full list, check the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine. Also, ask doctor’s or pharmacist’s advice before you start taking any new medicines while using Rigevidon to make sure that the combination is safe.
If you’re more than 24 hours late in taking a pill, take it as soon as you remember and then:
If you’ve missed one pill
...or you’re only one day late in starting a pack after your seven day pill break, take the missed pill as soon as you remember. You can take two pills at the same time if you need to. Carry on taking the rest of the pack in the usual way and at the normal time, you will still be protected from pregnancy.
If you’ve missed two or more pills
...or you’re two or more days late starting the next pack after your pill-free break, you should take the LAST pill you missed when you realise, taking two pills at the same time if you need to. There’s no need to take the rest of the pills you missed.
Continue taking your pills for the next seven days as usual, and use another form of contraception such as a condom for the next seven days.
If you have fewer than seven pills left after your last missed pill, you should finish the rest of the pack and then start the next pack the following day, without having a pill-free week.
If you have seven or more pills left in the pack when you realise, take the rest of the pack and then have a seven day break as usual.
If you’re sick within a few hours after you’ve taken your pill, you should just take another pill as soon as you feel better. If the sickness carries on and you can’t keep a pill down, it won’t protect you against pregnancy. Treat each day that you’re sick in the same way as if you’d forgotten to take it (see above) and then carry on taking your pill in the usual way as soon as you feel well enough.
If you are experiencing severe diarrhoea which lasts for more than 24 hours, you should keep taking your pill every day but treat each day that the diarrhoea is severe as if you’d forgotten to take it.
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.