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Is Marvelon an effective contraceptive pill?

Hello! I was wondering if it would be effective to take marvelon 28 birth control pills as an emergency contraceptive, and if so, how many? I am not on the pill anymore as I found out all oral contraceptives use lactose as a binding agent, and I am lactose intolerant.
Sidenote: condom was used, it broke. Any help is appreciated, than you!
Wed, 22 Jul 2015
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OBGYN 's  Response
Hi,
Marvelon may be taken in high doses to act as an emergency contraceptive, but the efficacy has not been proved and would definitely be lesser than the usual emergency pill in view of the raised side effects on account of the increased dosage. This happens with any other oral contraceptive meant for regular use. If you cannot use pills being lactose-intolerant, the ideal choice would be to go for the insertion of an IUD which is non-hormonal. Insertion of the IUD soon after an unprotected intercourse also acts as an emergency contraceptive. Hope this helps.
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OBGYN Dr. Jacqueline Brown's  Response
Hello,

Marvelon is a combination oral contraceptive pill that can be used as emergency contraception, along with any combination estrogen/progesterone combination pill. Marvelon has 30 micrograms of estrogen in each pill, so you need to take about micrograms of estrogen in two divided doses 12 hours apart... so that is 3-4 tablets at once in 2 doses taken 12 hours apart within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. However using oral contraceptives in this way can cause side effects of nausea. Also I am unaware if Marvelon also contains lactose. If you can tolerate taking Marvelon as an emergency contraceptive, you should be able to take it for daily use as well.
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