in archived, Beijing Archive 2012-2016, birth control, pharmacy

Update: Disappearing Marvelon

mercilonIt seems like the once ubiquitous birth control pill Marvelon is disappearing from Chinese pharmacies and instead they are stocking Mercilon, which the pharmacists insist are the same (一样呀!).

However, despite this very authoritative (ahem!) advice a quick google search reveals that although it is still a combination pill, the dosage is different! They both contain ethinylestradiol and desogestrel but Marvelon has 30 micrograms and Mercilon has 20 micrograms.

Also, it just happens to cost about three times the price! I think I was paying just over 20rmb per box for Marvelon and this is over 60rmb per box. Gah!

Name: Mercilon
Chinese: 美意避
Pinyin: Měiyìbì
Company: Bayer
Hong Kong website:

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