Marvelon is a combined contraceptive pill, containing two hormones, ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. These are similar to the natural hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your body.


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What is Marvelon?

Marvelon is a birth control pill that contains the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. When used correctly, combined hormonal contraceptives can be the most effective for preventing pregnancies. 

How does it work?

Marvelon will prevent an egg from being released in the ovaries and will make it more difficult for sperm to pass into the womb by thickening the mucus in the cervix. 

Is Marvelon suitable for me?

Some women should not take Marvelon if they have certain medical problems or illnesses. You should consult with your physician about your medical history if you wish to start taking Marvelon.

Side Effects

All medications can cause potential side effects, below we have listed some potential side effects, however, these do not always occur.

  • Weight gain
  • Painful or tender breasts
  • Depression or mood changes
  • Stomach problems
  • Headache

Disclaimer: This website does not constitute as medical advice, you should also consult with a doctor before taking medication. If you experience any major reactions to any medication you are taking, you must seek immediate medical attention.


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Commonly Used Dosage Guidelines for Marvelon.

Take as per pill pack instructions. To follow on from current contraceptive pill. 

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Additional Information

Marvelon works by:

- Preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary)

- Making the fluid in your cervix thicker (this makes it more difficult for sperm to travel through to the womb)

You take one pill every day for 21 days, then have a 7 day break. During this break you will usually get a withdrawal bleed that is similar to your normal period. You then start taking the pills again for another 21 days.

Marvelon is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means that if 100 women use Marvelon for one year, less than one woman will get pregnant.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking a pill, it may not have been absorbed properly. Follow the instructions in the leaflet about what to do in this situation.

Marvelon can be used by most women, including those over 35 years old and those who smoke. However, there are some medical conditions which mean that Marvelon isn't suitable for you – You'll need to have a consultation with a pharmacist to make sure it's the right medication for you.

Like all medicines, Marvelon can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The table below lists the most common side effects. You'll find a more complete list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your pills.

Common side effects (affecting 1-10% of women)

- Breast tenderness

- Headache

- Mood changes (including mood swings, depression and irritability)

- Nausea

- Weight gain or weight loss

Uncommon side effects (affecting 1 in 100 women)

- Acne

- Decreased sex drive

- Skin rash

- Vaginal discharge

- Vomiting

Rare side effects (affecting 1 in 1,000 women)

- Blood clots in the veins

- Blood clots in the arteries

- Breast cancer

- Heart attack

Very rare side effects (affecting less than 1,000 women)

- Liver cancer

- Stroke

Marvelon is a 'monophasic' pill. This means that each active pill (hormone) contains the same amount of hormones.

There are other types of contraceptive pills available which contain different amounts of hormones in each active pill. These are called 'multiphasic' or 'phased' pills, and can be useful for women who experience side effects such as breakthrough bleeding on monophasic pills.

Marvelon is available on prescription from your GP. You can also buy it from a pharmacy, without a prescription, if you're over 16 years old.

You'll need to have a consultation with a pharmacist to make sure it's the right medication for you. They may ask you questions about your medical history and whether you smoke.

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Can Marvelon treat acne?

While Marvelon is not specifically approved for the treatment of acne, it can be an effective way to manage the condition. This is because Marvelon works by decreasing the amount of testosterone in the body, which can help to reduce the severity of acne. Additionally, Marvelon can also help to regulate the menstrual cycle, which can further reduce the occurrence of acne breakouts. If you are considering using Marvelon to treat your acne, it is important to speak to your healthcare provider first to ensure that it is the right option for you.

How do you use Marvelon pills?

To use Marvelon pills, you will need to take one pill every day at the same time. You should start taking the pills on the first day of your period, or on the first Sunday after your period begins. If you start taking the pills later than this, you will need to use a backup method of contraception for the first seven days. To ensure that the pills are as effective as possible, it is important to take them at the same time each day. You can take Marvelon with or without food.

Is this medication suited for me?

Please get in touch with a doctor if you are unsure what medication is suitable for you. You can also complete our online consultation form to check your eligibility for the product.

How is the medication delivered?

All orders placed before 14:00 from Monday to Friday will be dispatched that day. The orders are sent using 24 Hour Tracked delivery provided by Royal Mail. Items will usually arrive the very next day after the order has been placed. We also provide tracking for your orders to check the status and location of your parcel. All our medication is packaged in plain confidential padded white or brown envelopes. This ensures that your orders are discreet, and the content of the orders will be for your eyes only.

What is the difference between Marvelon and Yasmin?

Marvelon and Yasmin are both oral contraceptives that contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone. However, there are some key differences between the two drugs. Marvelon is a 28-day pill, meaning that it contains 21 active pills and 7 placebo pills. Yasmin, on the other hand, is a 21-day pill that contains 24 active pills and 3 placebo pills. Additionally, Marvelon is designed to be taken once a day, while Yasmin is designed to be taken every other day. Finally, Marvelon is available in generic form, while Yasmin is not.

Is Marvelon a good birth control?

Marvelon is a good birth control for those who are looking for a reliable method of contraception. It is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, and has a very low risk of side effects. Additionally, it can be used by women of all ages, including those who are breastfeeding. However, it is important to note that Marvelon is a hormonal contraceptive, and as such, it may not be suitable for all women. If you have any concerns about whether or not Marvelon is right for you, please speak to your healthcare provider.

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Can I cancel or return my order?

For non-medicinal products, you are eligible to return the product within 14 days of receipt in the same packaging you received. For medicinal products, you are eligible to cancel the order only until it has been dispatched. From that point forward, you are no longer eligible to return the order.

You have the right to cancel your order for medication up to the point when your medication is dispatched.

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