Important Facts About the Levonelle
Most frequent questions and answers about Levonelle as a morning after pill
Levonelle is an emergency contraceptive that contains the active ingredient Levonorgestrel, which can prevent 84% of expected pregnancies when you take it within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
Levonelle can be used within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex, or if your usual contraceptive method has failed.
Levonelle is more effective the quicker that you take it and stops pregnancies by preventing egg release from the ovaries and preventing the sperm form fertilising any egg you may have released.
You can NOT take Levonelle if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
If you are unsure of any of the above criteria, please contact your doctor before commencing treatment with Levonelle.
No, Levonelle is not an abortion pill.
If it has been longer than 72 hours since you had unprotected sex and you suspect you are pregnant, tell your doctor.
As with any form of medication, Levonelle pills have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Levonelle. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Levonelle pills:
- Feeling sick
- Irregular bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Odd period
- Tender breasts
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Levonelle.
You should only use Levonelle in emergencies, and not as a regular method of contraception.
Levonelle can be used more than once in a menstrual cycle; however, it is more likely to upset your menstrual cycle.