Levonorgestrel Morning After Pill

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Levonorgestrel Morning After Pill
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A medically identical version of Levonelle 'morning after pill' that can prevent pregnancy if taken within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex.

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What is Levonorgestrel?

Levonorgestrel is an emergency contraception pill (also known as a ‘morning after pill’) that prevents unplanned pregnancy if taken after engaging in unprotected sex. It is the generic version of Levonelle. Both treatments are medically equivalent and contain the active ingredient Levonorgestrel which mimics the progesterone hormone in the ovary, stopping or delaying the release of the egg from the ovary to prevent fertilisation by sperm (male reproductive cells).

How does Levonorgestrel work to prevent unplanned pregnancy?

Levonorgestrel prevents or delays the release of the egg from the ovary, stopping it from being fertilised by sperm following unprotected sex. It is important to take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible to maximise its effectiveness. However, Levonorgestrel is effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days). The Levonorgestrel pill does not interfere with other regular methods of contraception.

How effective is Levonorgestrel at preventing unplanned pregnancy?

It is important to take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible as its effectiveness decreases with time.

  • When taken within the first 24 hours: 95% effective
  • When taken within 24 - 48 hours: 85% effective
  • When taken within 48 - 72 hours: 58% effective

After 72 hours have passed since unprotected sex, Levonorgestrel may not work at all. It is important to note that you do not need to wait until the morning after to take Levonorgestrel as the ‘morning after pill’ phrase may suggest.

How do I take Levonorgestrel?

One Levonorgestrel pill should be taken as soon as possible with water following unprotected sex to maximise its effectiveness.

Please note that after 72 hours have passed, the efficacy of Levonorgestrel is unknown and the pill may be entirely ineffective. Following 72 hours, you should consult your GP for additional contraceptive advice. If you have unprotected sex after taking Levonorgestrel, it will not prevent pregnancy.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 2 hours of taking the Levonorgestrel pill it may not have been absorbed properly by the gut which can compromise its efficacy. Therefore, you should seek professional advice from an expert and obtain additional emergency contraception.

What is the difference between Levonelle and Levonorgestrel?

The main difference between Levonelle and Levonorgestrel is that Levonelle is branded and as a result more expensive. The branded treatment Levonelle and its generic version Levonorgestrel are both medically equivalent; they have the same active ingredient and work in exactly the same way.

What are the side effects of Levonorgestrel?

Like all medications, you may experience side effects.

Very common side effects from taking Levonorgestrel include:

  • Feeling sick
  • Nausea
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Temporary irregular bleeding

Common side effects include:

  • Being sick
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tender breasts

You may experience a heavier, lighter or delayed period temporarily

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Buy Levonorgestrel Online

What is Levonorgestrel?

Levonorgestrel is an emergency contraception pill (also known as a ‘morning after pill’) that prevents unplanned pregnancy if taken after engaging in unprotected sex. It is the generic version of Levonelle. Both treatments are medically equivalent and contain the active ingredient Levonorgestrel which mimics the progesterone hormone in the ovary, stopping or delaying the release of the egg from the ovary to prevent fertilisation by sperm (male reproductive cells).

How does Levonorgestrel work to prevent unplanned pregnancy?

Levonorgestrel prevents or delays the release of the egg from the ovary, stopping it from being fertilised by sperm following unprotected sex. It is important to take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible to maximise its effectiveness. However, Levonorgestrel is effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days). The Levonorgestrel pill does not interfere with other regular methods of contraception.

How effective is Levonorgestrel at preventing unplanned pregnancy?

It is important to take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible as its effectiveness decreases with time.

  • When taken within the first 24 hours: 95% effective
  • When taken within 24 - 48 hours: 85% effective
  • When taken within 48 - 72 hours: 58% effective

After 72 hours have passed since unprotected sex, Levonorgestrel may not work at all. It is important to note that you do not need to wait until the morning after to take Levonorgestrel as the ‘morning after pill’ phrase may suggest.

How do I take Levonorgestrel?

One Levonorgestrel pill should be taken as soon as possible with water following unprotected sex to maximise its effectiveness.

Please note that after 72 hours have passed, the efficacy of Levonorgestrel is unknown and the pill may be entirely ineffective. Following 72 hours, you should consult your GP for additional contraceptive advice. If you have unprotected sex after taking Levonorgestrel, it will not prevent pregnancy.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 2 hours of taking the Levonorgestrel pill it may not have been absorbed properly by the gut which can compromise its efficacy. Therefore, you should seek professional advice from an expert and obtain additional emergency contraception.

What is the difference between Levonelle and Levonorgestrel?

The main difference between Levonelle and Levonorgestrel is that Levonelle is branded and as a result more expensive. The branded treatment Levonelle and its generic version Levonorgestrel are both medically equivalent; they have the same active ingredient and work in exactly the same way.

What are the side effects of Levonorgestrel?

Like all medications, you may experience side effects.

Very common side effects from taking Levonorgestrel include:

  • Feeling sick
  • Nausea
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Temporary irregular bleeding

Common side effects include:

  • Being sick
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tender breasts

You may experience a heavier, lighter or delayed period temporarily

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Written and reviewed by our qualified team

GPhC Number: 2088658

Carolina Goncalves

Authored by:

Carolina Goncalves
Superintendent
Pharmacist

GPhC Number: 2225869

Rehma Gill

Reviewed by:

Rehma Gill
Pharmacy
Manager

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Content last updated: 06 Mar 2024

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