What is Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is a contraceptive pill to protect against pregnancy. Taking these pills usually result in lighter, less painful and more regular menstrual bleeding. They are sometimes prescribed for women who have problems with heavy, painful, or irregular periods.
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, containing low doses of estrogen and progesterone, two female sex hormones.
How does Rigevidon work?
Rigevidon tablets contain two active ingredients, ethynylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which are synthetic versions of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Combined oral contraceptives such as Rigevidon work by over-riding the normal menstrual cycle. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, the levels of sex hormone change throughout each month. The hormones cause the ovaries to release an egg during the process of ovulation and prepare the lining of the womb for the possibility of a pregnancy. At the end of each menstrual cycle, the levels of hormones fall if the egg has not been fertilized, causing the shedding of the womb lining as a monthly menstrual period.
What are the benefits of using Rigevidon?
Rigevidon is beneficial in preventing pregnancy. The medication contains synthetic estrogen and progesterone which tricks the body into believing that ovulation has occurred, preventing the ripening and the subsequent release of an egg from the ovaries. Even if an egg is fertilized and released by the ovaries, Rigevidon is effective in increasing the thickness of the natural mucus at the womb’s neck, making it difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb.
Rigevidon should be taken one tablet daily for three weeks followed by one week without pills. Then start the next pack of Rigevidon after the seven-day pill-free period.
The following are the possible side effects of Rigevidon:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Headache or migraine
- Weight changes
- Breast enlargement or tenderness
- Water retention
- Vaginal thrush
- Change in menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual spotting or breakthrough bleeding
The active ingredients in Rigevidon are levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol.
The inactive ingredients in Rigevidon are colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000, and povidone carmellose sodium.