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What is Marvelon?

Marvelon is a combined oral contraceptive pill. Being under the category of monophasic and combined, this contraceptive contains both synthetic version of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone and the same amount of these active ingredients are present in each tablet.

Benefits of the Marvelon pill

Marvelon is a combined oral contraceptive pill. One of the main benefits of using an oral contraceptive such as Marvelon is that it provides you with immediate and convenient protection against pregnancy if taken on the first day of your period. If it is not possible to take the pill on the first day of your period, you can take it up until the fifth day and will be fully effective after 7 days.

Apart from having a contraceptive effect, this birth control pill can also help:

  • Make your periods lighter
  • Make your periods less painful
  • Make your periods more regular
  • Control outbreaks of acne

How does Marvelon work?

Marvelon pills contain artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones work together to provide protection against pregnancy in three different ways:

  1. By telling your body that ovulation has already occurred – when it hasn't – which stops the release of an egg for fertilisation.
  2. By thickening the cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
  3. By preventing the womb lining from thickening, so that an egg can implant itself, in the unlikely event that an egg does get released.


When used correctly, Marvelon is a highly effective contraceptive with neat 100% protection against pregnancy.

How to take Marvelon pills?

The Marvelon combined contraceptive is easy to take and a popular method for many women in the UK. It can be taken with or without food, with a sip of water to prevent pregnancy, and offer additional benefits such as alleviating cramps and mood swings caused by the natural menstrual cycle, reducing a heavy flow and improving the look of your skin.

Ideally, you should start taking Marvelon pills on the first day of your period for immediate protection against conception. It is a 21-day pill that you need to take for 21 consecutive days of your cycle, followed by a seven-day break before you start your next strip.

  • Marvelon contains 21 pills in each blister pack
  • It is available to buy in either a three-month or six-month supply
  • Take one tablet for 21 consecutive days of your cycle
  • Aim to take these birth control pills at the same time each day to maximise effectiveness
  • This is followed by a seven-day break before you start your next strip
  • During the seven-day break period you will be completely protected, but you will experience a withdrawal bleed during this time

During the seven-day break period you will be completely protected, but you will experience a withdrawal bleed during this time. This bleeding replaces your period and is your body's way of removing the contraceptive hormones safely from your system. Because you are not ovulating, bleeding is usually less uncomfortable than during a normal period. You should take these birth control pills at the same time each day to maximize its effectiveness.

Marvelon dosages

Like many other combined pills, Marvelon is only available in one dosage that has been clinically proven to be highly effective. Being a monophasic combined pill, each Marvelon tablet contains the same amount of hormones.

In Marvelon, this is 150mcg of synthetic progesterone (desogestrel) and 30mcg of synthetic oestrogen (ethinylestradiol). This is a particularly low dose of hormones, so the likelihood of experiencing side effects is that much slimmer.

Precautions when using Marvelon?

Most women over the age of 18 can safely purchase and use the Marvelon contraceptive pill. However, there are certain health conditions and medications with which this contraceptive cannot be used.

It is not be advised to use this birth control pill if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, like any contraceptive pill. Additional precautions to take before buying Marvelon include the following:

  • You shouldn't take Marvelon pills if you are over 35
  • You shouldn't take Marvelon pills if you are a smoker
  • You shouldn't take Marvelon pills if you are if you have a history of heart or circulation problems
  • You shouldn't take Marvelon pills if you have ever had a stroke

You should ensure that you mention any medication you are currently taking, or any other relevant health-related information during your free online consultation so that the doctor can make sure that you can safely use this medicine to your benefit.

Marvelon pill side effects

Some women may be less tolerant than others to the ingredients ethinylestradiol and desogestrel that are present Marvelon pills although the majority will not experience any side effects.

If you are using this contraceptive method for the first time, you may experience mild side effects until your body has adjusted to the new hormones. However, if these don't go away, it is advisable to change to a contraceptive with different hormones or lower concentrations of artificial oestrogen and progestogen. The most common side effects of these birth control pills are:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Increased hair growth
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Changes in sex drive and periods

Can I buy Marvelon contraceptive pills online?

You can buy Marvelon contraceptive pills online from euroClinix by completing a free and confidential consultation form. Based on our doctor's diagnosis of your health, a valid prescription will then be issued and your treatment will be dispensed from our registered pharmacy and shipped via our free next day delivery.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Sarah Donald MRCGP DFSRH DPD DRCOG Written by our editorial team
Last reviewed 31-05-2023
Marvelon information
Product nameMarvelon
Active ingredient(s)Ethinylestradiol and Desogestrel
ManufacturerMSD Pharma
Trustpilot rating4.9/5
Trustpilot reviews81
AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionMarvelon is a combined contraceptive pill that offers 99% effectiveness at preventing pregnancy
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage0.15mg, 30mcg
ApplicationOffering protection against pregnancy for women over 18
UsageTake 1 tablet per day for 21 days followed by a 7 day break
Drug classCombined pill (POM)
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnantNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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Marvelon reviews
Pack of Marvelon® desogestrel/ethinylestradiol 63 tablets Excellent 4.9 81 patients have reviewed Marvelon on Trustpilot
03 May

i have been using this contraceptive pill for many years and it is just working for me

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I have been using this product for many years, and do not experience any problems with it.

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