I hope you’re all doing well today.
So, today I’m doing a blog that’s a little bit different – I’m talking about contraception, and more specifically, the pill I’m on which is Rigevidon.
This time last year I was on the implant, which was pretty much the worst experience of my life. It made me so emotional, angry and I basically cried all the time so I got it taken out, and I went onto the combined pill, Rigevidon.
I thought I would do this post because I know that 99% of my readers are female, and a lot of you are either on contraception, or looking to go on contraception. A lot of people also ask about the pill and different contraceptive methods on Chimnee App which I am agony aunt for, so I thought it would be helpful to discuss the pill that I have nearly a year of experience with.
What is Rigevidon?
It’s a combined, oral contraceptive pill. There’s 21 pills in each pack, and you take one every day for 21 days and then have a 7 day break which is when you get your period. It contains 2 types of female sex hormones, an oestrogen called ethinylestradiol and a progesterone called levonorgestrel.
It works by stopping your ovaries releasing an egg each month, it also thickens the fluid in your cervix meaning it’s more difficult for sperm to reach the egg, and it also alters the lining of the womb meaning that it’s less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
Are there any side effects?
Any medication or fake hormones you put into your body has possible side effects. The potential side effects of Rigevidon are aching boobs, irregular bleeding, feeling sick (nausea), gaining weight and headaches. There is also a risk of acne and changes in sexdrive, and also depression.
What side effects have I experienced?
I haven’t really experienced many side effects. I haven’t had any irregular bleeding, I’ve had occasional headaches but not that I would link to the pill. My skin hasn’t got any worse, and I haven’t gained any weight.
What are the serious risks?
Breast cancer has been recorded slightly more in women who take the contraceptive pill, as has blood clots.
Would I recommend it?
I’d definitely recommend Rigevidon as a method of contraception. Of course, everyone’s body is different and will react different, but if the implant or another contraceptive method isn’t working for you, I’d thoroughly recommend giving it a go.
I hope you liked this post and found it informative, and I’ll speak to you all soon!
All my love BGP xx