How to order Marvelon online
Marvelon is a combined contraceptive pill (the Pill) that is taken to prevent pregnancy. Tablets are available to order in sets of 3 or 6 months.
There are two types: Marvelon (21 tablets per month) and Marvelon 28 (28 tablets per month). Both contain the same levels of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. They can cause side effects including temporary water retention and skin changes.
It’s important to take pills like Marvelon correctly for them to protect against pregnancy.
Who can use Marvelon?
At Zava, you can order Marvelon if you:
- are a woman over 18 years old
- have been taking Marvelon for 3 months with no problems
You can’t order Marvelon if you:
- are pregnant
- have health condition that may be made worse by taking Marvelon
- are on medication that may interact with Marvelon
- are allergic to any ingredients
How to order Marvelon online
To order online:
- Fill in a quick questionnaire
- Place an order for either 3 or 6 months of Marvelon tablets at a time
- A Zava Doctor will check the answers to make sure Marvelon is ok for you to use
- If it’s right for you, your order can be posted to your preferred address in discreet, or you can collect from a local post office instead
Side effects of Marvelon
Like other medications there can be side effects of the Pill.
Marvelon commonly causes:
- Stomach problems
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
- Mood changes such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, or lower sex drive (libido)
- Changes in weight
- Skin changes
If you already have an increased risk of blood clots, Marvelon can further increase the risk.
Marvelon is a type of combined contraception (the Pill) that is taken to prevent pregnancy.
Natural hormones, like oestrogen and progestogen, are what your body uses to control your period.
Combined contraceptives contain similar, lab-made hormones. These change your periods and help prevent pregnancy by:
- stopping an egg from being released every month from your ovaries (ovulation)
- blocking sperm by thickening the mucus around the entrance of your womb
- thinning the lining of the womb to help stop a fertilised egg attaching to it
Each brand of the Pill has different types and amounts of these two hormones.
This doesn’t change how effective they are, but it can affect how likely side effects will be, and how much your period or PMS symptoms change.
In Marvelon there is:
- Oestrogen: ethinyl estradiol (0.03mg)
- Progestogen: desogestrel (0.15mg)
Marvelon is a good contraceptive but can’t be used to stop catching an STI. You’ll need extra protection, like condoms, if you’re worried about infections.
‘Marvelon 28’ is a different way of using your Pill which can make it easier to manage your time and your pills.
You have a strip of 21 ‘active pills’ with hormones in and 7 smaller, ‘dummy pills’ without hormones for each month. This comes to 28 tablets – which is why it’s called Marvelon 28.
You take one pill every day, starting with the larger 21 tablets. During your 7-day break you take the smaller pills.
It’s very important to take Marvelon tablets in the right order or you might be at risk of getting pregnant.
The tablets are marked with the days of the week and arrows that show which pill to take next.
- Take the correct pill by mouth every day for 21 days
- When you’ve finished one strip of pills don’t take a tablet for 7 days
- After this week start the next strip. It should be the same day of the week that you started the strip before
Using Marvelon 28:
- Take the 21 larger pills by mouth every day for 21 days
- On the next day, begin the 7 smaller pills and take for 7 days
- After you finish the full strip go on to the next strip, and repeat
It’s important to remember:
- You should only be taking one pill a day unless you forget or miss a pill
- Take the tablet at roughly the same time each day. You could set an alarm on your phone to help with this
- You should start the next strip on the same day of the week as you started the one before. If you don’t, you may have missed a dose or taken one early, which could affect your risk of getting pregnant
- The Pill puts you in a regular 28-day cycle. The start dates for each packet will not be the same date of the next month, because months are between 28 and 31 days long
- Use the days of the week on the pill strips correctly and follow the arrows to help you keep track
- The bleeding during your 7-day break can take 2 or 3 days to start after you finish the active tablets. It also might not have stopped before you take the next one. You should still take the tablets as planned, even if you’re still bleeding
- The Pill is over 99% effective against pregnancy, but only when taken correctly
If you miss a pill, you won’t affect your risk of pregnancy if:
- You miss one of the inactive tablets in Marvelon 28
- It’s an active tablet but less than 24 hours late. Just take the missed pill as soon as you remember, and take the next one at the normal time, even if this means taking the missed one and next one on the same day
You’ll be at risk of getting pregnant if you’ve missed 2 or more pills, take the last pill that you missed as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day. Then take the rest of the pills as normal. As soon as you realise, start using extra protection for 7 days
If you’ve missed 2 or more pills:
- Take the pill you most recently missed and leave the other missed pill(s) in the strip. Then, count how many pills are left to take
- If there are more than a week’s worth of tablets, take the rest as normal before having your 7-day break
- If there are less than 7 tablets, take the rest as normal, and then don’t have the break. Instead, go straight on to the next strip.
- Use extra protection for a week when having sex as soon as you realise you‘ve missed the pills
You may become pregnant if you’ve missed 2 or more pills in the first week of your strip and have had sex that week. You may need to consider taking emergency contraception.
If you have any problems or questions about taking Marvelon, or concerns about being pregnant, you can go to:
- A pharmacist
- Your GP
- A sexual health clinic
For some people, being on the Pill can improve the health of their skin. Others find that it gets worse. The Pill and acne have a complex relationship.
Acne is a skin condition leading to pimples, black heads, white heads, and other spots. It’s influenced by hormones in the body, but other factors like diet and lifestyle may also have some effect.
Acne is linked to changes in the level of the hormone ‘androgen’. More androgen can lead to:
- your skin becoming more oily
- dead skin cells becoming sticky and clogging your pores
This can cause spots to form and creates a good place for acne-causing bacteria to grow.
Marvelon can improve existing acne but some people experience acne as a side effect.
This seems confusing, but it’s because the two active ingredients in Marvelon, progestogen and oestrogen, have opposite effects on hormones in the body that can affect whether you get acne.
Marvelon isn’t known to interact with antibacterials or other drugs used to treat acne.
It’s best to talk to your online doctor or GP if you experience acne as a side effect of taking Marvelon. Other versions of the Pill have different levels of hormones so they might be a better fit for you.
The Pill isn’t generally prescribed to treat acne, so talk to your doctor about other medications that might help your acne instead.
Some people believe that you gain weight on the Pill. The hormones in the Pill can affect your weight by:
- temporarily increasing water retention
- changing how quickly you process food (metabolism)
- changing how you store food
Though both gaining weight and losing weight are listed as side effects of Marvelon, in most cases there are no effects on weight. This is because pills today have a much lower dose of hormones compared to earlier combined pills in the 60s.
If you do notice a change in your weight, there are ways to change your lifestyle which can help.
If you gain weight, but don’t want to:
- Eating less food overall, and choosing healthier options
- Eating less salty or sugary food can help lower water retention
- Exercising can boost your metabolism
- Some weight loss tablets or herbal remedies might help you lose weight
If you lose weight, but don’t want to:
- Eating more food, particularly fats and carbohydrates
- Refraining from too much heavy exercise
- Trying high-calorie shakes and snacks
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Contraceptive pills are a reliable way of reducing your risk of getting pregnant from sex. Zava offers most common brands of pill, so you can order your preferred brand by visiting our contraceptive pill service page.
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