Excessive bleeding



hi there i was put on rigevidon and after 3 weeks of taking it i had experienced consecutive bleeding, whilst this was not as heavy as my normal period it was a lot more painful, i was then but on another combined pill on the 22nd day so did not take the recommended break, ever since i have been taking this pill i have also been consecutively bleeding for just over two weeks, i’m worries that the pill is either causing this bleeding or there is an underlying issue here


Hi @pphell

Many thanks for you post. Rigevidon is a combined pill containing oestragen and progestagen. I am not quite sure of the reason for switching to another combined pill on the 22nd day.

Irregular and unpredictable bleeding is common in the first 3 months of any pill. But, as you rightly point out, it is also advisable to exclude other causes of bleeding. We always recommend a pregnancy test, an infection screen and if you are over 25 - make sure that you are up to date with your smear tests.

If these tests are all negative then the standard advice is to continue taking the pill as normal and the bleeding is likely to settle down. I am aware that it is annoying. I can’t tell from your post whether you are OK to continue if you are reassured that there is nothing else wrong.

It might help to hear from other people about how quickly or slowly their bleeding settled. My experience is that it is very variable.

So, I think, in summary - check out the other obvious causes and if everything is normal continue taking the pill at least for the first 3 months - although obviously if you are really fed up with it you might want to consider something else.




I was wondering if doing this increases your risk for breast or cervical cancer though? I’m a hyperchondric and I already worry about the increased risks, especially for CC since it is quite high. Can you post a link to some papers on this if possible?


Hi @CristabelFreem1

I would be happy to link to some papers on this - could you just clarify your question? I am not sure that I fully understand it.

Many thanks



Hi @CristabelFreem1

Just following this up - I would be happy to get some information together for you - I was just wondering - you are interested in the relationship between breast and cervical cancer and the combined pill?

If you are concerned then I am sure that others are - so it would be a useful question to ask - I just want to make sure that I have got the question right.

Many thanks