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Community Level 2princessch...


No real problems with the pill apart from that its easily forgotten!

AdvantagesSmall tablets so easy to swallow, clearly labelled packet, minimal side effects, helped my acne

DisadvantagesForgettable, affected by vomiting and diarrhoea, links to cancer risks,

"...period. Although this is natural, Marvelon doesn't give you the option of taking sugar pills over the 7 day break. My sister is on a separate brand which does provide this sugar pill break which I would suggest is a good idea as it gets the person into a habit of taking a pill everyday. I however, struggled to get into this habit of daily taking a pill which was always thrown anyways when the sugar week required me not to take ..." Read review

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Community Level 6Lucie_S1984


Marvellous Marvelon!

AdvantagesHardly any Side Effects, No Pregnancy, Helps Skin.

DisadvantagesA Little Nausea!

"...to have a period but Marvelon is also available in 28 day packs too. * What's Special about Marvelon? * Marvelon was approved for usage in the early 1980s and since then has merely grown in circulation. It is a combined pill (it contains both estrogen and progestin) and also a low dose pill (containing only 30 micrograms of estrogen so minimising risk from side long term effects). It prevents an egg being released from the ovaries and also changes ..." Read review

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Community Level 3glitter-fa...


Marvelon -contraceptive pill

AdvantagesDon't get pregnant

Disadvantagesremembering to take the pill every day

"...time, I was 20). HOW DOES MARVELON WORK? Marvelon come's in a slim blue and white box, with three packs of pills in the box. Each pack is enough for one month. There are 21 pills in each pack( One a day), which easily pop out of the foil pouch, for convience there are the days of the week above each pill so you can easily see if you have taken the days pill. After taking the pills for 21 days, there is then a 7 day rest for your period, ..." Read review

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Community Level 4Eudora


Sex - Safe but Painful

Advantagesprevents pregnancy, free on NHS, regulates periods and make them lighter and less painful

Disadvantagescan cause horribe side effects

"...for me. My doctor recommended Marvelon to me as I am prone to headaches and this was apparently one which was less likely to provoke them compared to other kinds. Marvelon is produced in the Netherlands and contains the active ingredients desogestrel (150 micrograms) and ethinylestradiol (30 micrograms). It does have a low dose of the synthetic oestrogen hormone (the latter of the two ingredients) although I should note that this is not the lowest ..." Read review

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Community Level 1gasp1234


marvelon for contraception

Advantageseffective with less side effects

DisadvantagesNot suitable for all

"Marvelon is the only pill I tried and it suited me fine. I did not have to try any other pill. Marvelon is a low dose contraceptive pill. It contains ethinyl estradiol and desogestrol as active ingredients . These are synthetic versions of the naturally occurring female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Mechanism of action : - It prevents ovulation ( that prevents release of egg from ovaries) - it makes the cervical mucus thick and ..." Read review

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Community Level 4hi_nicola


The Little Pill That Does It All

AdvantagesCompletely pain free periods!

DisadvantagesMakes you a bit irritable at times

"Marvelon is the second brand of pill I have been on. As the pill I tried before it put me through what was one of the worst experiences of my life, I didn't expect Marvelon to work half as well as it did and thought it was a nightmare just waiting to happen. However, 6 months later, I'm still happy to be on it. WHAT IS IT, AND HOW MANY DO I TAKE? The pill is generally used to prevent pregnancy. It does this by releasing female sex hormones, ..." Read review

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Community Level 1clairmelvi...


A pill a day keeps a baby at bay.

AdvantagesPrevents pregnancy, can help lower lipid levels.

DisadvantagesNot good for smokers

"Marvelon is a contraceptive for use as regular contraceptive. It contains both synthetic progesterone an synthetic oestrogen. These hormones act on the female genital tract and certain areas in the brain to prevent the release of an ovum (egg) from the ovaries, hence preventing pregnancy. MArvelon is different from the emmergency contraceptive Levonorgestrel (the morning after pill - Levonelle) in that it contains a much smaller amount of hormone. ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Camda


Not so marvelous Marvelon.

AdvantagesEasy to use, seems reliable, periods are ok.

DisadvantagesAcne, AWFUL mood swings, etc.

"...variety of annoying side effects. Marvelon is the latest one my doctor has shunted me onto in an attempt to find something I can tolerate. It's a standard sort of monophasic combined pill - all the pills are the same dosage (fairly low, apparently) - You take one pill a day for 3 weeks, then have a week off. The 'periods' I've had in these breaks have been ok, not too heavy or painful. About the same as my natural periods, in fact. (Which has ..." Read review

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Community Level 2LenaSophia


Thank god for Marvelon



"I was shunted on to Marvelon about 18 months ago when I was 19. I'd been taking Microgynon 30 which caused me to have constant headaches and bad skin, then Dianette which didn't improve either my skin or my headaches, then the mini pill, which I couldn't take regularly enough due to my lifestyle. I was put on Marvelon having discussed the idea of the coil, injection and several other methods of contraception with my GP. I was suffering from bad ..." Read review

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Community Level 2swarden


Great for me, I hope!

Advantagesno pregnancy, MUCH better periods

Disadvantagesworried about risks

"I started taking Marvelon when I was 14 years old because of really painful and irregular periods. I'm still on it now and I'm 27, though there have been breaks along the way. The longest of these breaks was after the infamous Pill Scare in 1995 when doctors thought third-generation combined pills, like Marvelon, gave women a higher risk of deep-vein thrombosis. I tried several other brands which didn't suit me and ended up oing to ask for my Marvelon ..." Read review

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Community Level 1becca_topcat



Advantagesno weight gain, periods have remained normal

Disadvantagesnausea, depression, headaches, acne, loss of libido, tingling in hands, swollen feet

"...had an awful experience with marvelon (I'm on my second pack of it atm) but Im going to stick it out another month to see if the side effects go away. I've been feeling sick nearly every day, usually 4 hours after taking the pill. Even if i take it at night i wake up feeling sick. Not only that but i've been getting headaches, which i never ever get and are quite worrying as they can be very sudden and sharp. I've also been feeling exhausted and ..." Read review

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Community Level 1kklex05


Please be aware of: A pill can change your personality!!!


DisadvantagesSide Effects can influence your whole personality!! Moody, seeing everything negative, sensitive

"...the wrong bus!!! I took Marvelon for about 2 weeks and in this week I didn't recognise myself anymore, nor my thoughts, I couldn't trust my own feelings anymore, I was really tired and even needed a nap during the day (I never do this!), I was so short tempted, I was going crazy, when someone was coming just 5 minutes to late!! (usually I'm the one who is always late), I saw everything completely negative (and I'm usually a very positive and easygoing ..." Read review

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Community Level 1novocaine89


Not so marvellous..!

AdvantagesRegular periods, and of course, still no kids

Disadvantagesnausea, mood swings, migraines

"...those until I started taking Marvelon - a day, sometimes two taken out of my life. On the other hand though, they have kept my periods VERY regular, almost to an hour each month, and are a easy way of moving your period for example for holidays - something I miss a lot, being on the POP. It's an OK pill, if you are willing to put up with some side effects. I know people (eg my mum) who have been on it for 20-odd years and have felt perfectly ..." Read review

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Community Level 1jessyenorman


Marvelon pro's and con's

Advantagesgreat for regularity and painless periods


"...the doctors switched me onto Marvelon because of medical guidelines which prohibit the prolonged use of Dianette. Unfortunately different pills effect everyone differently and Marvelon produced some pretty strong side effects compared to those I had experienced on Dianette. In my experience Marvelon drastically effected my emotions and caused depression. If someone already experiences problems with depression I wouldn't recommend this particular pill ..." Read review

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Community Level 1littlemiss...


Most terrible experience ever.

AdvantagesIf you forget to take a pill you have a twelve hour window to take it

DisadvantagesBreak outs, mood swings, spotting

"I took one course of Marvelon as an alternative method of birth control. And after just 21 days on this nightmare pill, I can honestly say I am NEVER going back to this pill again. The amount of side effects I had to deal with on this pill made it totally not worth it. The most terrible side effect were the mood swings and depression. It was like 21 days of PMS. I was an emotional wreck. I was no fun to be around. And I don't know what the point of ..." Read review

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