Marvelon

If you are looking for a reliable contraceptive pill, try Marvelon. Aside from the benefit of preventing pregnancy, there are a lot of benefits to using contraceptive pills. Below you will find more on its purpose, advantages, side effects, and so much more.

  • Regulation of menstrual periods
  • Decreased menstrual cramps
  • Acne treatment
  • Treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Lowered risk of anaemia
  • Lowered cancer risk

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Marvelon? 

Marvelon is a combined oral contraceptive pill that contains oestrogen and progestogen. This low-dose contraceptive prevents the egg from being released from your ovaries to avoid pregnancy. It also thickens the mucus in your cervix to make it difficult for the sperm to enter the uterus.

Its benefits are as follows:

  • If used correctly, a reliable reversible method of contraception
  • Does not interrupt sexual activity
  • Makes menstruation lighter, less painful, and regular
  • Helps to provide relief to pre-menstrual symptoms

You can purchase this contraceptive only with a doctor’s prescription and taken as directed to ensure the best results. 

What Conditions should I consider before taking Marvelon? 

You should tell your doctor about any underlying personal or familial medical conditions before you take Marvelon to avoid any adverse effects. It is best not to take Marvelon if you have the conditions listed below:

  • Have or have had a blood clot in a blood vessel in any other your organs
  • Protein C and S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies
  • Have had a heart attack or stroke
  • Have or have had angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack
  • Severe diabetes
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Very high level of fat in the blood
  • Hyperhomocysteinaemia
  • Have or have had a migraine
  • Have or have had a severe liver disease 
  • Have or have had a liver tumour
  • Have or have had a pancreatitis
  • Known or suspecting pregnancy
  • Cancer in any sex organs, e.g., breasts, ovaries, etc.
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Have hepatitis C 
  • Allergic to any ingredients of Marvelon

How to Take Marvelon? 

Marvelon 21, is a birth control pill that you take for 21 days at the same time every day, followed by seven (7) pill-free days. You should complete another 21-day after the pill-free days.

No preceding use of hormonal contraceptives in the past month

It is preferable to take the first pill on the first day of your period in which case, there is no need for additional contraceptive methods. However, if the menstruation is already on the second, third, or fourth day, you should take the pill on the fifth day; in this case, you should use of additional non-hormonal contraceptives for the first seven days. 

Who Can Use Marvelon? 

Taking any medication should be based on the advice of a licensed medical professional. Anyone with any underlying medical condition, as mentioned above, should consult the doctor family planning nurse or doctor first.

If you are pregnant or suspect to be pregnant, stop taking Marvelon immediately and seek advice from your doctor. Also, breastfeeding women should not use the pill as it can affect the milk product; only use it after weaning. Adolescents below the age of 18 should seek advice from doctors before using Marvelon as there the safety and efficacy of desogestrel at the said age are not yet established.

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You should finish all the tablets in the first pack, and take the first Marvelon pill immediately on the next day, ensuring there is no gap between taking tablets. It is important to remember that the absence of a period until the end of the first Marvelon pack is not harmful.

You should take Marvelon immediately on the next day after taking the last active tablet from the 28-day pack, i.e., after taking 21 or 22 tablets. There should be no gap between taking pills, nor should you wait for the next period. Start each pack after the completion of the seven-day break. You can then discard the remaining 28-day pills.

Regardless if you have taken a POP first day of your period, you should still take Marvelon to start the 21 days. In relation, follow the same indications closely. 

Non-breast feeding mothers can start taking Marvelon 21 days post-partum in which case there is no need for additional contraceptive precautions. However, if you have had intercourse post-partum, you should take the first tablet on the first day of your period.  

If it has you start taking Marvelon more than 21 days post-partum, you should use additional contraceptive methods. In the case of miscarriage or abortion, the administration should immediately begin.

The following medicines may stop Mavelon from working effectively:

  • Primidone
  • Phenytoins
  • Phenobarbital
  • Carbamazepine
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Topiramate
  • Felbamate
  • Modafinil
  • Rifampicin
  • Ritonavir
  • Nelfinavir
  • Nevirapine
  • Efavirenz
  • Boceprevir
  • Telaprevir
  • Griseofulvin
  • Bosentan
  • St. John’s wort

These medicines can affect Marvelon up to 28 days after the last ingestion. You should use barrier contraceptive method until such period.

All medicine may cause side effects; this does not exempt Marvelon. Although not all women can experience the said effects, you should immediately consult your doctor, especially when there is a severe and persistent change to your health that you think is because of Marvelon. 

 

These are the possible side of effects of the Marvelon pill:

 

  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Painful or tender breasts  
  • Depression or mood changes
  • Nausea and abdominal pain 
  • Migraine
  • Swollen hands, ankles or feet
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rash or hives
  • Breast enlargement
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Breasts producing a milky fluid
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Eye discomfort
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Decreased weight;
  • Increased sexual desire;
  • Harmful blood clots

It would be best if you always watched out for any health changes while on the pill. Here are some tips to keep in mind while using the birth control Marvelon.

  • Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor or family planning nurse, especially when you need a new prescription for Marvelon.
  • Set regular cervical smear tests.
  • Check your breasts and nipples for any changes. If you see or feel lumps or dimpling of the skin, consult your doctor immediately.
  • Some tests can be affected by the pill; therefore, you should always tell your attending physician that you are on the pill, especially if you undergo blood tests.
  • Make sure to tell your doctor that you are taking a contraceptive before undergoing any operation. You may need to stop taking the pill about 4–6 weeks before the operation to reduce the risk of a blood clot.

If you took the pills correctly, it is very unlikely for you to miss a withdrawal bleed and become pregnant. If you think you missed taking pills or taking other medicines, and you miss a second bleed, taking a pregnancy test is imperative. If you are indeed pregnant, stop taking Marvelon immediately and see your doctor. 

It is also unlikely for taking more than one pill to cause harm. Although you may experience feeling sick, vomiting or some vaginal bleeding. If so, see your doctor right away.

Each tablet contains 150 micrograms of the progestogen desogestrel and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinyl estradiol. Other ingredients include dl-alpha-tocopherol, potato starch, povidone, stearic acid, aerosol and lactose.

Each box of Marvelon contains three strips of 21 tablets, 63 tablets in total. Each strip has 21 pills that are white, biconvex, round and 6 mm in diameter.