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Combined Pill | Active ingredient(s): Ethinylestradiol & Desogestrel | Manufacturer: MSD

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How does Marvelon work?

Combined oral contraceptive pills work to prevent pregnancy by changing the level of hormones in the bloodstream. The levels of sex hormones are responsible for key events during the female menstrual cycle. By changing this, Marvelon is able to offer almost complete protection against pregnancy. The main way that it does this is by making the body think that an egg has already been released in a process that is known as ovulation. By tricking the body in this way, it prevents ovulation from occurring.

Marvelon also works in a few other ways to ensure that the chance of conception is almost completely removed. It changes the lining of the womb, which is where any fertilised eggs would latch on and develop, making it almost impossible for this to happen. Finally, this treatment thickens the naturally occurring fluids that are found in the cervix. This makes it difficult for sperm to travel into the womb and fertilise an egg. The three-stage approach that Marvelon employs is one of the most effective ways for safely preventing pregnancy.

What are the benefits?

Marvelon can provide women with a wide range of benefits. It is primarily a contraceptive pill and in this regard offers almost complete protection against pregnancy. Marvelon can also help make periods lighter and less painful, providing relief for women who suffer from painful or heavy bleeds. This treatment has also been noted to reduce the visible symptoms of acne and alleviate premenstrual tension. It must be noted that this treatment is designed as a contraceptive pill and you should consult with your doctor before deciding to use it as a treatment for any other condition.

Who can use Marvelon?

Marvelon is generally well tolerated and can be used by most women over the age of 18. However, there are certain groups who may not be suitable for this medication due to their medical history. As with other combined contraceptive pills, this treatment should not be used by women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also not use this treatment if you are over 50. If you have reached this age and have not yet reached menopause, please consult with your doctor to find the right contraceptive treatment for you.

There are other groups who may not be suitable for Marvelon. You should consult with your doctor if you have a history of blood clots, diabetes, heart disorders, hypertension, migraines, breast cancer or unexplained vaginal bleeding. If any of these apply to you, please consult with your doctor before choosing a hormonal contraceptive method. When you buy Marvelon online at 121doc, you will be required to complete an online medical consultation.Our doctors will use the answers that you provide in determining whether this is a suitable medication for you. Please ensure that you include as much information as possible about your relevant medical history and any medications that you are currently taking.

How do you use it?

Marvelon is a monophasic contraceptive treatment, which means that each individual pack contains the same dose of hormones. As with other monophasic pills, the treatment consists of a 21-day cycle that is followed by a seven-day rest period. During the rest period, you may experience a withdrawal bleed but you will still be protected against pregnancy. You should start the next treatment cycle at the end of the seven days, regardless of whether you are still bleeding or not.

Taking your first Marvelon pill on the first day of your period will provide immediate protection. If you start at any other time in your menstrual cycle, you will need to use an alternative contraceptive method for the following seven days. We will provide you with a patient leaflet, which will have full instructions on how and when you should use this treatment. It will also have instructions on what to do if you miss any pills or do not take a pill at the correct time. Please ensure that you read the patient leaflet before you start this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Marvelon is generally a well-tolerated medication that will not normally cause any adverse reactions. As with all prescription medication, there is a risk of side effects in very rare cases. Possible symptoms can include breast tenderness, headaches, weight fluctuations and nausea. If these occur, they are normally temporary in nature and should pass within a few days. If you experience any persistent side effects that cause you discomfort, please consult with your doctor.

How to buy Marvelon online?

You are able to buy Marvelon online without a doctor's appointment or previous prescription. Whilst progressing through the ordering process, you will be required to complete an online medical consultation. This should only take a few minutes to complete and will allow our doctors to determine whether Marvelon is a suitable contraceptive option for you. If the doctor approves the order, a prescription will be created and sent across to our UK registered pharmacy from where the medication will be dispatched. We offer free next day delivery to all of our customers at no extra cost, ensuring that you receive your medication as quickly as possible.

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.


What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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Select a condition here or use the top menu. For every condition, we provide you with information as well as the treatments we currently offer. If you don’t know which is best for you, just click the 'Advise-me' button.


If you know what you want, the quickest way to find a specific medication is to use the search bar here.


Every order starts with an online consultation. We will ask you medical questions to make sure only treatment that is safe and effective is prescribed. We take into account your lifestyle, health and any other medications you’re currently using.

The consultation is completely free, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.

All your information is safe with us. We don’t share it with anyone unless you want us to.


If you need any guidance, you can call, message or email our customer service team via the ‘How can we help you?' section here.

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As soon as you place the order, one of our doctors will review your consultation. On working days, this usually takes around one hour.


If the doctor has any additional questions, you will receive a phone call and an email. We understand you might be at work or busy. Our customer service representatives are always discreet and can call back at a more convenient time if necessary.

Our emails never contain any personal or medical information, only a link to your private account on our website (where you will find your messages).


Once our pharmacy receives your prescription, you will get a second email with your package tracking code.

Deliver Expect your delivery the next working day.
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All orders include next-day delivery. Alternatively, you can select a delivery date that suits you better.


We also provide a free UPS Access Point service. Pick up your package from one of many collection points across the UK.

With your tracking code, you will know the estimated delivery time. All we need is your signature (or a friend‘s or relative’s).


All parcels are plainly labelled; there is no logo or any indication of its contents. Inside, you will find your treatment as well as a patient leaflet in your chosen language.

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With 121doc’s Subscribe & Save service, you can automatically receive your treatment every few weeks or months.

The order will be generated by us, using the information you provided (including delivery frequency). You don’t have to do anything. Payment is taken two days before shipping.


There are two ways to subscribe. The first is during the order process. The second is via your profile here.

You can cancel or amend your repeat prescriptions at any time.


There are no sign-up fees with this service. Plus, you get a 10% discount off all future prescriptions, increasing to 15% after six orders!