What is Marvelon?
Marvelon is a combined pill that delivers 150mcg of the progestogen hormone desogestrel and 30mcg of the estrogen hormone ethinylestradiol. Marvelon is not generally recommended if you are seriously overweight or vulnerable to the risk of thrombosis. GPs will usually consider prescribing Marvelon to most other healthy women.
Marvelon may offer some women the added benefit of easing their menstruation (including PMS, pains and cramps, and reducing heavy flow) it may also be beneficial to acne sufferers.
How to take Marvelon?
Marvelon is supplied in calendar strips of 21 pills (each pill is labelled for a specific day of the week). Take each pill on its appropriate day, at approximately the same set time, until you have used all 21 pills.
You will then take a complete 7 day break with no pills. On the 8th day you should begin a new strip of 21 pills.
You must take the pill daily, starting on the first day of your menstrual cycle for effective protection against pregnancy.
Who can use Marvelon?
Doctors are generally willing to prescribe Marvelon to most healthy women of childbearing age. If you suffer from heavy periods, PMS or period pains, Marvelon may alleviate these symptoms, prevent pregnancy. If you are unable to take estrogen, or are vulnerable to other specific side effects, our GP may consider prescribing an alternative form of contraception.
As soon as you complete our short online medical questionnaire, a DoktorABC GP will check your health profile and confirm that Marvelon is the right birth control pill for you..
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Marvelon is suitable for you.
What is the dosage of Marvelon?
Marvelon combined pills use two synthetic hormones to mimic the effects of natural estrogen and progestogen produced by your body. Each tablet releases 150mcg of the progestogen hormone desogestrel and 30mcg of the estrogen hormone ethinyl estradiol.
This combination of hormones has been used to prevent unwanted pregnancy since the 1960s and - if used exactly as instructed by the manufacturer and your GP - is almost 100% effective.
What if I forget to take my daily Marvelon pill?
The manufacturer recommends that you take your daily Marvelon pill at approximately the same time every day. If you forget to take a tablet - and you are less than 12 hours late - simply take that day’s pill as soon as you remember.
If you miss taking your daily Marvelon pill by more than 12 hours there may be a risk of pregnancy. You should immediately refer to the manufacturer’s pamphlet (supplied with your pills) for important advice.
What are the side effects of Marvelon?
As with any prescription medication, Marvelon may produce side effects in a small number (less than 1 in 10) users. Generally, these side effects will be mild and may pass within 24 hours. Very rarely, users may experience more serious adverse reactions.
Can I smoke if I am using oral contraceptives?
Smoking is generally not recommended while using oral hormonal contraception. It causes an increase in the risk of serious side effects. This is specifically true if you are over 35 years old and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day. Possible serious side effects may include strokes and blood clots.
Possible common side effects
Approximately 90% of users will not experience any side effects when using Marvelon, but the following common side effects may occur in a small number of users:
- Putting on weight;
- Breast problems, such as painful or tender breasts;
- Depression or mood changes;
- Stomach problems, such as nausea; abdominal pain;
Possible adverse reactions
Very rarely, women may experience an adverse reaction to Marvelon. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- Changes in vaginal secretions–Irregular vaginal bleeding - see section 4.3, Bleeding between periods should not last long;
- Breasts producing a milky fluid from the nipples;
- Hypersensitivity reactions;
- Discomfort of the eyes if you wear contact lenses;
- Erythema nodosum (bruise-like swelling to the shins);
- Erythema multiforme (this is a skin condition);
- Decreased weight;
- Increased sexual desire;
Harmful blood clots in a vein or artery for example:
Your prescription will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you begin taking your tablets.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Marvelon
Do not take Marvelon if you:
- Are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant
- Are very overweight
- Are allergic to any ingredients in Loestrin
- Have any serious liver conditions
Some prescription medications cannot be taken with Marvelon. If you have certain severe medical conditions you should also avoid this form of birth control. When you complete your online medical questionnaire it is very important to mention all relevant health issues. Our GP will review your answers on the spot and ensure that you receive the most appropriate form of contraception for your individual medical situation. Your order will then be processed for free next day delivery by UPS courier.
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