Levonorgestrel is a drug that is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy if you have not used protection during sexual intercourse, or the method fails e.g. the condom splits. It is suitable to use at any time up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Levonorgestrel must be taken as early as possible to increase the chances of preventing a pregnancy. When taken within the first 24 hours it will prevent 95% of pregnancies. If taken within 25-48 hours, it will prevent 85% of pregnancies. And 58% of pregnancies will be prevented within 49-72 hours.
Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone which is used for emergency contraception. It is thought to either stop the ovaries from ovulating and releasing an egg, or it stops the sperm from fertilising a released egg.
Most women tend to get their period on time or within a week of the expected time after having taken Levonelle. If you do not get your period within this time, the pill may not have worked and you may be pregnant – you would need to take a pregnancy test.
There could be a few reasons for the morning pill to fail, including:
Timing of ovulation: If you have already ovulated during or after the time of sexual intercourse, but prior to taking the medicine it may not be effective.
Your BMI (Body Mass Index): There is some evidence that the medicine may not be as effective in women with a higher BMI, but this can often be overcome with a higher dosage.
Interactions with other drugs: some drugs may reduce the effectiveness of EllaOne if taken together.
Levonorgestrel can help prevent unwanted pregnancy which may arise due to:
If your contraception method has failed, such as the condom has torn
However, it must be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse for the medicine to work.
Levonorgestrel comes in 1500 microgram tablets. You must take one of these tables as soon as possible after unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, if you are sick or have diarrhoea within 3 hours of taking the first tablet then a second may be needed.
The medicine can be taken at any time during the menstrual cycle providedyou think you are not already pregnant. Avoid taking it more than once, as its effectiveness may bereduced. Taking it as soon as possible after unprotected sex, within 72 hours.
If you have unprotected sex after taking the medicine, it will not prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Women who have severe digestive problems, such as Crohn’s disease, should use this pill with caution as it may not get fully absorbed into your system and potentially may be less effective.
Levonorgestrel should not be used by:
Women who are or believe they are pregnant
Women with acute porphyrias, a rare hereditary blood disorder.
Women with galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption
Women who are at a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, such as women who have had inflammation or infection in the fallopian tubes (salpingitis) previouslyor an ectopic pregnancy.
Women with severely decreased liver function.
Women who are allergic to any of the medicine’s ingredients
Common side effects of Levonorgestrel include:
Delayed or early period
Levonorgestrel is known to interact with the following drugs:
Some medications for epilepsy
Some medications for tuberculosis
Some medications for certain HIV treatments
Some weight loss medications
The fungal treatment griseofulvin
St. John’s Wort
You can safely purchase Levonorgestrel online at MedsNow after a brief online consultation with one of our clinicians. Post consultation, once the prescriber ensures that this is the right medicine for you, your order will be supplied.
How Long After Taking Levonelle Do Side Effects Last?
They usually last for a day or two, butif anything lasts longer than this please contact us to discuss further.
Can Levonelle Change Your Normal Cycle?
Levonelle can cause your period to be delayed up to a week or it may even induce an early period.
How Many Times Can You Take Levonelle?
You should avoid taking the tablet more than once, but as a maximum twice in a menstrual cycle under medical supervision.
Does Levonelle Work If You Have Already Ovulated?
Yes, it may still work by preventing the sperm to reach the egg.
Does Levonorgestrel Cause Weight Gain?
You are unlikely to notice weight gain after a single dose of levonorgestrel.
Does Levonorgestrel Stop Periods?
No, the drug does not stop periods. However, it may delay them a little.
Can Levonorgestrel Cause Early Period?
Yes, there could be chances that it may cause an early period.
Does Levonorgestrel Cause Abortion?
No, Levonorgestrel does not cause an abortion. It helped prevent an unwanted pregnancy. But it cannot work if you are already pregnant.
Can I Take Levonorgestrel Twice in A Week?
It should be used only as an emergency tablet. If you need it more often, consider longer-term contraception options.
Does Levonorgestrel Cause Mood Swings?
Yes, it may cause mood swings as a side effect if used regularly. Mood disturbances are uncommon when taken as a single one-off dose.