Levonelle - Morning after pill
  • A good morning after pill for some
  • Take within 72hrs (3 days) of unprotected sex
  • Available for same-day collection

Levonelle

Levonelle is an effective form of emergency contraception that can be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex. If your request is approved, collect your morning after pill in-store the same day.

Levonelle - Morning after pill

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  • A good morning after pill for some
  • Take within 72hrs (3 days) of unprotected sex
  • Available for same-day collection

About Levonelle

  • When to take Levonelle

    Take Levonelle within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex.

    Levonelle is most effective at the beginning of your menstrual cycle.

  • Side effects

    The most common side effects of Levonelle are headache, nausea (feeling sick), and abdominal (tummy) pain. If your period is missed or late, and you experience these symptoms after taking Levonelle, you should do a pregnancy test.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • Effectiveness

    Levonelle is proven to be effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 3 days after unprotected sex. However, it is more likely to be effective the earlier you take it. It is thought to prevent 95% of pregnancies if taken within 24 hours, 85% if taken within 48 hours, and 58% if taken within 72 hours.

    If you are sick within 3hrs of taking Levonelle, you need to take another tablet as soon as possible.

    If you have unprotected sex after taking Levonelle, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant. After you take the tablet and until your next period comes, you should use condoms every time you have sex.

  • How it works

    Levonelle contains and active ingredient called levonorgestrel. This is a synthetic hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation), and prevents sperm from fertilising an egg if you have already ovulated. In this way, the ingredient prevents pregnancy.

  • Protection against STIs

    Levonelle only protects against pregnancy, not sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have had unprotected sex, you may be at risk of having an STI.

    If you are worried you might have a STI, you can visit our STI test clinic for advice, at-home tests and treatments.

  • Important information about Levonelle

    You should not take Levonelle if you had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago. EllaOne or a copper coil (IUD) may be suitable options.

    After taking Levonelle, if your period is more than 5 days late, you have ‘abnormal’ bleeding at that time or if you think that you might be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to take Levonelle alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Levonelle safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    An effective alternative to the morning after pill is the copper coil (also known as an intrauterine device (IUD). This can be fitted by a trained medical professional but must be done within 5 days of unprotected sex to be effective.

    We recommend taking the morning after pill, even if you wish to have a coil fitted, in case this doesn't happen within 5 days or unprotected sex.

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