Morning After Pill
Morning After Pill
The Levonelle morning after pill is an effective pregnancy prevention treatment taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. Levonelle is taken in one single oral dosage, acting as a form of emergency contraception to avoid unwanted pregnancy. The medication is most effective when taken sooner within the 72 hour period.
- Simple once only dosage
- Method of emergency contraception
- Effective up to 72 hours
- Branded version of the cheaper generic Levonorgestrel
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
The Levonelle pill offers an effective method of pregnancy prevention taken after unprotected sex, or if your chosen contraceptive method has failed. The medication contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of progesterone hormone produced by the ovaries.
Once taken, Levonelle prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, highly reducing the chances of pregnancy.
As an emergency contraception, Levonelle is taken in one single dose up to 72 hours after intercourse. To ensure you receive the right treatment, a member of our team will ask you when intercourse occurred, as well as your weight, to ensure you receive the most appropriate emergency contraception.
What if I am sick after I take Levonelle?
If vomiting occurs within the first three hours of taking Levonelle, it will not have been effective. You will need to repeat the dose in order for it to take effect.
Is Ella-One more effective than Levonelle?
Levonelle is not the only form of emergency contraception, it offers effective treatment when taken within 72 hours of intercourse, but Ella-One may be more suitable if it has been up to 120 hours. The type of morning after pill given can depend on multiple factors, most often on the amount of time that has passed since intercourse.
Our online pharmacists will assess your consultation and will advise you on the best morning after pill for your needs.
Will Levonelle affect my fertility?
No, Levonelle will not affect your fertility. The reason that morning after pills are not recommended as a regular contraceptive is because it’s not as effective as regular contraceptives such as condoms, the pill, or the coil.
Can I still have sex after taking Levonelle?
It is fine to continue normal sexual activity after using Levonelle. Although to prevent unwanted pregnancy, you should use other forms of contraception such as condoms, the pill or the coil.
Will Levonelle get rid of STIs?
No, Levonelle will not protect against or treat STIs. You should use a home test kit or visit a GUM clinic to get tested for STIs if you have had unprotected sex with a new partner.
When to take Levonelle
You should take Levonelle up to 72 hours after intercourse occurred. However, please note that this morning after pill is most effective when taken closer to the time of intercourse within this period.
How often do I take Levonelle?
As an emergency contraception, the Levonelle pill is not intended for regular use. To avoid unwanted pregnancy, you should always use a preventative form of contraception such as condoms, the pill, the coil, or the implant.
There are possible risks of side effects with any medication, including Levonelle. Some of these are fairly mild, but some may be more serious and should be reported to your GP immediately if experienced. If you are concerned about any potential side effects of Levonelle, please contact a member of our team.
Common side effects of Levonelle include:
- Abdominal pain
- Delayed period
Before taking Levonelle, or any medicines, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet. This provides important information regarding possible side effects and how to take Levonelle appropriately.
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