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Marvelon pill reviews

3.2

77 reviews

Marvelon is a combined pill that contains a standard dose of oestrogen, and a progestogen called desogestrel which is in most mini pills. It may be a good option to try if pills like Microgynon and Rigevidon in Group 5 don't suit you.

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Marvelon pill

Marvelon pill benefits

Some of the benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Marvelon pill ingredients

Main hormones in Marvelon pill

Medium oestrogen

Less-Androgenic progestogen

Marvelon pill alternatives

Contraceptives that work in similar ways, or brands that have close or exactly the same hormonal ingredients


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3.2

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

Overall, i have had very limited side effects on this pill though i have noticed increased mood swings.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

The only reason I came off marvelon is because my boobs were so sore whilst using it. I had some mild cramping when starting this pill but that soon resolved. The sore boobs were a dealbreaker for me unfortunately, so I switched to mercilon, the same ingredients just less oestrogen and now no boob pain!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I have been using marvelon for 3 years to manage severe period pain from 2 large fibroids when all NSAIDS didnt work. The pain reduced but not very much. Still the period affecting my QOL. So the doctor asked me to change to yasmin but after only one tablet of yasmin i got very severe nausea disturbing sleep and rapid heart beat and anxiety attacks ( feeling my heart is crushed) so i went back to marvelon immediately to stop these weird side effects of yasmin. But it managed my periods only 30%.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I was taking marvelon to reduce period pain that was very severe before starting it bcz i have 2 large fibriods, but still the period pain didnt improve much on it. So the doctor told me to skip placebo pills to skip my period. But it was completely impossible on it to skip periods more than 40 days. So if i skip periods more than 40 days i have very terrible side effects of mild nausea and breakthrough bleeding and cramping and PMS (aka period) so the doctor asked me to change to yasmin.after the first pill of yasmin i have very severe nausea distrubing my sleep and panic attacks ( feeling that my heart is crushed) so immediately i went back to marvelon to restore my hormone balance.


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Used for 8+ yr
48 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I was recommended “marvellous” Marvelon by an NHS women’s health nurse when I was 23 and looking for a pill that would t leave me moody with breakthrough bleeding. 36 years later (!!) I’m still taking it. I now run it on every month so zero bleeding. Every few months I’ll skip a day to see if I still ovulate (and I do). After 10 years (age 33) I stopped it to conceive. Ovulated the first month (I get distinct ov pain) and resumed regular cycles immediately. I conceived 2 months later. After my second baby I had a Mirena which was fine but couldn’t get the little wire sitting there out of my head so had it removed and went back on Marvelon. So all up about 5 years off. Hairdresser noticed my hair thickened up (after loosing lots postnatal).again I noticed no side effects apart from no ov pain. I’m planning to stay on it until my early 50s or so and will then consider HRT options. So I’m very happy with my oestrogen topped up! I’ve had zero negative symptoms and am a very well, fit, optimistic and thriving GenXer!! Marvellous.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Jun 23

  •  Still using

As someone who has never got along with hormonal contraception, I’ve tried many pills over the years and Marvelon is definitely one of the best. Sadly I have to come off this pill due to depression (which was non-existent before starting) but the other side effects were more manageable and gradual: tender breasts, nausea, acne. Really gutted it’s caused such low mood as I would have happily continued otherwise.


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Used for 8+ yr
47 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on Marvelon from the age of 14 until 30 when my GP took me off it. I really didn't want to to cover off it but as a smoker I had no choice. I was so lucky that the first pill I tried was perfect for me, no side effects except bad headaches for the first six months.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
55 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

I felt relatively settled on this contraception.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Dec 22

  •  Still using

This is my first experience on hormonal birth control. I was nervous to start because of potential mood swings and low libido. Thankfully I have not experienced dramatic changes in my mood and body. However, my mood has been neutral and at times almost numb. I have developed vaginal dryness and my libido has lowered significantly. This defeats the purpose of me being on birth control so I'm considering changing pill or to the copper coil. Everyone is different, but I have previously struggled with severe acne and painful periods. My skin was mostly clear and Marvelon has not exacerbated any breakouts. My periods have remained the same, perhaps shortening in length slightly. So far, it's been a mostly neutral experience but I want to update this review in a few month's time.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Jan 22

  •  Stopped using

I was put on the combi-pill in secondary school/college years and it was to help regulate my periods which it did but I kept getting extremely bad migraines the first day/just before my period came and I would have to have the day off and stay in bed in the dark. So once I explained this to my Dr we both agreed that I would come if it and switch to a different pill. Which I did but that wasn’t any better so then that lead me to getting the Depo-Injection


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