rigevidon, contraception treatment

What is Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive (COC), commonly referred to as the pill. Comprising a low dose of two female hormones, ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen) and levonorgestrel (a progestogen), it serves as an effective means of preventing pregnancy. 

Note that while combined oral contraceptives such as Rigevidon are effective against pregnancy, they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. For STI prevention, the use of condoms is essential. 

What is Rigevidon used for?

Rigevidon is primarily used as a combined oral contraceptive (COC), commonly known as the pill. It contains two female hormones, ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen) and levonorgestrel (a progestogen), in a low dose.  

This contraceptive works by preventing pregnancy in three ways: 

  • inhibiting the release of an egg from the ovary each month (ovulation) 

  • thickening the cervical fluid at the neck of the womb, making it more challenging for sperm to reach the egg 

  • modifying the lining of the womb to decrease the likelihood of accepting a fertilised egg 

In addition to its contraceptive purpose, Rigevidon may also be prescribed to regulate menstrual cycles, alleviate menstrual cramps, and manage conditions like acne. It's essential to note that Rigevidon does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, and for STI prevention, the use of condoms or other barrier methods is recommended. Always adhere to your healthcare provider's instructions and communicate any concerns or side effects you may encounter while using Rigevidon. 

Who can and cannot take medicines containing Rigevidon?

Before starting Rigevidon, it's crucial to be aware of certain conditions and situations that may affect its suitability for you. Here's a guide to help you navigate whether Rigevidon is the right contraceptive choice for you: 

During your consultation, the doctor will inquire about your personal health history and that of close relatives. Additionally, blood pressure measurement and, in some cases, additional tests may be conducted. 

You should avoid or discontinue Rigevidon use if: 

  • you are allergic to ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, or any other ingredients included in Rigevidon 

  • you have a history of blood clots in the legs, lungs, or other organs 

  • you have a blood clotting disorder or related condition 

  • you have an upcoming operation or will be immobile for a period of time  

  • you've experienced a heart attack, stroke, or angina pectoris 

  • you have or have previously had migraines with aura 

  • specific diseases that increase the risk of arterial clots, such as severe diabetes, very high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, or hyperhomocysteinaemia 

  • you have or are suspected of having breast or genital cancer 

  • you have liver disease, a liver tumour, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or take certain medications to treat hepatitis C 

Warnings and precautions

Before taking Rigevidon, consult your doctor if you have: 

  • elevated fat levels in the blood or a family history of this condition 

  • planned surgery or extended immobility 

  • cardiovascular issues in you or close family 

  • vein inflammation, varicose veins, or a family history of blood clotting problems 

  • migraines, diabetes, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or certain medical conditions 

  • conditions like depression, movement disorder, liver or gall bladder disease, porphyria, sickle cell anaemia, or haemolytic uraemic syndrome 

  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), herpes gestationis, or chloasma 

Blood clot risks

Using Rigevidon increases the risk of blood clots. Factors influencing risk include age, smoking status, obesity, family history, surgery, and immobility. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of blood clots. 

Other medications and Rigevidon

Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you're taking, as certain drugs may interact with Rigevidon. St. John's wort should be avoided. 

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Avoid Rigevidon if pregnant. If breastfeeding and considering the pill, consult your doctor for guidance. 

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How effective is Rigevidon as a contraceptive?

When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means that fewer than 1 in 100 who use the combined pill as contraception will get pregnant in 1 year.  

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