Rigevidon - to sign or not to sign


Since starting puberty my skin, to be blunt, has been bloody horrific. No matter how much water I drank, how healthy I ate and how many different facial washes I tried nothing would budge the painful red lumps that would cover my body. With the doctors putting me on various different skin treatments including both oral medications and topical creams, I was eventually referred to the hospital where I was given my options - going on the pill or starting a treatment referred to as Roaccutane. Having to sign a waiver to go onto Roaccutane as well as the monthly hospital visits were big enough reasons for me to go on the pill and I've never looked back. 

Recently contraceptive pill Rigevidon has came under critical view due to an online petition discriminating against it due to the increased risk of blood clots. 

the online petition which currently has 7,785 supporters

With many people using the pill to combat heavy periods, each contraceptive pill comes with the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots due to the oestrogen contained in the pill often thickening the blood. Twenty-one year old, Fallan Kurek, was rushed to hospital last May due to collapsing following a blood clot developing on her lung. However following further investigation it was discovered that a doctor had previously dismissed Miss Kurek after she visited with symptoms of blood clots. This highlights the question of is it really right to dismiss such a well known pill due to the failure of a doctor to make the connection between their patients symptoms/medication? 

With side effects ranging from migraines, mood swings and nausea, a main problem with the pill is finding one that suits your body and your needs. Whilst one brand of pill might have cleared your acne in a matter of months, it might not be the one to help your friend manage her crippling period pains. 

One of the benefits of the NHS is having the freedom to try different medications to discover what works with you - both mentally and physically. With this petition, it is taking away the chance for females to have the option of using a pill that agrees and caters to their needs. Whilst many people will argue that they have only heard horror stories with Rigevidon it begs to differ that many of the success stories aren't published. As modern medicine develops a larger range of contraception is becoming more readily available - whether its in the form of the pill, condoms, the coil, the implant or even the monthly injection. By sitting down and discussing both family history and what you are aiming to get out of your chosen method, the doctor will be able to advise you on a method suitable for your body, with side effects being a given for every method. If we were to eliminate every brand of pill that has resulted in blood clots for people, then the price of condoms, painkillers, and spot cream will sure as hell be increasing. 

Obviously, you chose to sign what you want to sign, but before you do just take a moment to think if your feelings are that strongly against Rigevidon that you want to stop the estimated 2.5 million women in the UK receiving the hormones and treatment that they chose to take. 


  1. Thank you for posting this. The petition upset me a lot and I asked a GP who told me not to worry. All pills come with some risks, but the risks are minimal. Women should be informed of all the options and given the right to choose. Thanks again!

    1. No worries! A lot of people on my Facebook were worrying about being on it despite having not suffered any of the side effects! Always best to have a chat with your GP no matter what the situation x


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