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Rigevidon Tablets

Rigevidon Tablets (63 tablets)

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Rigevidon Contraceptive Pill

Rigevidon contraceptive pills can be bought quickly and easily online from The Independent Pharmacy. Women can order repeat supplies of Rigevidon with a fast, free online consultation and receive your contraceptive pill as soon as the next day from a UK Pharmacy.

Rigevidon Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Rigevidon & what is it used for?

Rigevidon is an oral contraceptive. When used correctly, it will provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. It's two active ingredients, levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle. Rigevidon is a monophasic combined pill, meaning each pill contains the same dose of levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol.

If you have been prescribed Rigevidon, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Rigevidon is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.

Rigevidon contains the same hormones as other contraceptive pills, including Microgynon and Levest.

Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. This process is controlled by the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Rigevidon contains two synthetic hormones, levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol, which imitate these two natural hormones. They control the levels of each hormone in such a way that prevents an egg from being released. The Pill also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, by thickening the fluid that is in the cervix.

During a regular menstrual cycle, the endometrium (the wall of the uterus) builds up in preparation for a fertilised egg. Rigevidon reduces the extent of this buildup, making it less likely that a fertilised egg will develop into an embryo. As a further result, periods become lighter.

Rigevidon may reduce acne, and protect against conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease. It will not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

There are 21 Rigevidon pills in a pack. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.

Non-Medicinal Contraception Alternatives

  • Female Condoms- Not only do they prevent pregnancy they also prevent STIs. There is currently only one brand available in the UK, called Femidom. Shown to be 95% effective. 
  • Male Condoms- Prevent pregnancy and also prevent STIs. Shown to be 98% effective. 
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Rigevidon directions

If possible, begin taking Rigevidon on the first day of your period - if you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy.

There are 21 Rigevidon pills in a pack. Take one pill at the same time each day. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is nearly time for your next pill. If you have missed one day, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If you miss multiple days, you are advised to use additional contraception for the following seven days.

Rigevidon side effects

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Rigevidon, however if you do they may include:

Mood swings, change in libido, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, vaginal infection, acne, breast pain or swelling, irregular periods, vaginal discharge, fluid retention, change in weight, abdominal pain

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Rigevidon ingredients

The active ingredients contained in Rigevidon are:

150mcg levonorgestrel, 30mcg ethinylestradiol

Rigevidon also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000, povidone carmellose sodium.

Rigevidon warnings

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Rigevidon is unsuitable for you if you have:

  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of Rigevidon
  • A history of breast cancer, or cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • A blood clotting disorder
  • Ever had a blood clot
  • A history of heart attack or stroke
  • Angina pectoris
  • Very high blood pressure
  • Severe diabetes
  • High levels of lipids in the blood
  • Impaired liver function
  • Severe migraines

You may be advised not to take Rigevidon if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Crohn’s disease or chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Sickle-cell anaemia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Pancreatitis
  • An inflammation of veins under the skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Otosclerosis
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Sydenham’s chorea (a movement disorder)
  • Porphyria
  • A family history of blood clots or circulation problems
  • Migraines
  • Herpes gestationis (a rash associated with pregnancy)
  • Chloasma

Do not use Rigevidon if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Rigevidon if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.

You may be more susceptible to blood clots while taking Rigevidon, especially during the first year of use. Talk to your GP before having any operation while taking the Pill. You may need to stop using Rigevidon in advance of the operation to avoid the increased risk of a blood clot. You are also at a heightened risk of developing a blood clot if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Have a family history of blood clots
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Have had a miscarriage in the past
  • Have recently given birth

Rigevidon may increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. For this reason, you should have regular smear tests while taking the Pill.

If you require any blood test, inform your doctor of which medicines you are taking – Rigevidon may alter the results of some blood tests.

The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Rigevidon:

  • Epilepsy medicines (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine)
  • Antivirals for Hepatitis C or HIV (e.g. ritonavir, nevirapin)
  • Griseofulvin
  • Etoricoxib
  • Bosentan
  • St John’s Wort

Rigevidon may impact the effectiveness of the following medicines:

  • Ciclosporin
  • Lamotrigine
  • Theophylline
  • Tizanidine

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I start taking Rigevidon?

    If possible, begin taking Rigevidon on the first day of your period. If you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. If you begin later in your cycle, you will need to abstain from sex or use alternative contraception for the first seven days of taking Rigevidon.

    If you have a menstrual cycle of less than 24 days, you may need to use alternative contraception for your first seven days regardless of when you start.

    If you have just given birth, begin taking Rigevidon on day 21 following the birth. If you begin taking the Pill later than this, you will not be immediately protected against another pregnancy.

    Begin taking Rigevidon immediately following an abortion or miscarriage. If more than seven days have passed, you will need to use additional contraception for your first seven days of using the Pill.

  • Is Rigevidon available for next-day delivery?

    Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Rigevidon is available for next-day delivery.

  • Is it safe to buy Rigevidon online?

    Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Rigevidon online.

    The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.

    All of our contraceptives are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains.

  • How do I buy Rigevidon online?

    It’s simple!

    Just select ‘Start Consultation’ next to the product above, or on the links below.

    You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Rigevidon to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.

  • What does the price include?

    The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our doctor or pharmacist and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.

  • What are the advantages of buying Rigevidon online?

    There are many advantages to buying the Pill online, some include:

    • It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
    • Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
    • Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
    • Wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Rigevidon and other contraceptives, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
  • What is Rigevidon?

    Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill which contains 150µg levonorgestrel (a progesterone) and 30µg ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen), which work with each other to prevent egg release.

  • What is the difference between Microgynon and Rigevidon?

    While these pills do have different names, they are identical in content and so have the same active ingredient, quality and effect.  They are simply made by different manufacturers. They should work in exactly the same way and, if you have followed the instructions on the patient information leaflet, both prove to be equally effective reversible forms of contraception.

  • What is the best time to take the contraceptive pill?

    You should always start on day one of your menstrual period and take one every day, until you have used all of the pills in the blister strip. Then have seven free days, before starting again. If correctly used, commencement will always be on the same day of the month (three weeks on and one week off).

    If you are changing your brand of pill, or are going to use another method of contraception e.g. implant or intrauterine device, injection, patch, or vaginal ring, or are recommencing the pill after childbirth, abortion or a miscarriage, always read the patient information leaflet, before commencement.

  • What does Rigevidon do?

    Rigevidon provides synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone and these female sex hormones prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also makes the sperm’s journey more difficult, by producing a mucus in the neck of the womb (the cervix), as well as making it more difficult for an egg to implant itself to the lining of the womb.

  • Is Rigevidon used only as a contraception?

    It can also be taken by women who have heavy, irregular of painful periods.

  • Can Rigevidon stop periods?

    If taking a contraceptive pill is a new experience for you, or if this is the first time that you have used Rigevidon, your period may be late or missed altogether.  You could also experience spotting or breakthrough bleeding. If you go two months without a period, while it is unlikely that you have become pregnant, take a pregnancy test as a safeguard, before taking the next month’s course.

  • What side-effects can be experienced?

    Like any other medicine, Rigevidon may produce side-effects. These can include irregular bleeding, breast tenderness and headache, nausea and weight increase, which usually occur at the beginning of the course of pills. Other reported effects include fluid retention, no or reduced bleeding, depression, acne, nervousness, excitability, migraine, sight disturbances, ocular irritation with contact lenses and also changes in sexual desire.

  • What if I forget to take one of the pills on the right day?

    Taking the pill later in the expected day, and within 12 hours of your normal time of taking it, should not affect its function and you shouldn’t need to take any additional contraception. If you forget to take a pill one day only, you can always take two the next.  However, if you have gone over 12 hours, or you have forgotten to take more than one pill, contraceptive cover could be compromised. In such cases, it is advisable to use extra precautions e.g. a condom. Always refer to the patient information leaflet for advice and guidance and, in the case of missing more than one pill, you can always seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist.

  • What should I do if I have an upset stomach?

    Being sick, or having diarrhoea, within 4 hours of having taken the pill, your body may not have had time to absorb the contraceptive medication and so follow the same advice as given for missed pills.  It is also advisable to take extra precautions e.g. a condom, for up to seven days.

  • Am I at a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer?

    As regards to combined oral contraceptive pills, there has been indication of a slight rise in breast cancer in those taking this medication when compared to women of a similar age who do not take any contraceptive pills. However, it is not certain that this increased risk is directly as a result of the medication. For example, women on combined oral contraceptive pills are examined by their doctors more often and so information is gathered more widely than for people not taking the pill. This could be why more tumours are detected in this group of women.

    Long-term use of the contraceptive pill may increase the risk of breast cancer but, equally, this risk reduces upon cessation and so the heightened risk no longer exists after ten years. For further information, and for peace of mind, always read the patient information leaflet in your pill packet.

  • What are the chances of developing a blood clot?

    As with breast cancer, for women on any combined oral contraceptive pill, there is a slightly heightened risk of developing a blood clot (thrombosis) in an artery or a vein, compared with those who don’t take this contraceptive medication.  This risk is, however, lower than the risk of developing such a blood clot during pregnancy. Always read the patient information leaflet and, if still in doubt, speak with your doctor or a pharmacist.

  • Are there any medicines which are not compatible with this pill?

    Some medicines may stop the effectiveness of your pill and so you will need to take extra precautions.  These include antibiotics, and also medicines for fungal infections, HIV, epilepsy and tuberculosis.  St. John’s Wort, most commonly prescribed for anxiety, sleep loss, depression and heart palpitations, can also cause lower effectiveness of the contraceptive pill and other medications.  Other medications affected by St. John’s Wort include lamotrigine (to treat epilepsy) and ciclosporin (an immunosuppressant).  Speak with your doctor or a pharmacist, if you will be taking any other medications at the same time as your contraceptive pill.

  • What if this pill proves not to suit me?

    If Rigevidon does not suit you, speak with your doctor, as there are other contraceptive pills which include different active ingredients to those in this particular contraceptive pill.

  • How effective is the Rigevidon contraceptive?

    No contraceptive measures as 100% effective and, bearing this in mind, Rigevidon is measured as 99% effective, if used correctly.

Authored By:

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Leanne Sinclair


Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 02-09-2020

Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 02-09-2020

Next review date: 02-09-2022

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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