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Levonelle

Levonelle - Morning After Pill - Picture
  • A good choice for some women
  • Can be used up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex
  • Available for immediate or future use
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Levonelle

  • "Protect against unwanted pregnancy with an emergency pill like Levonelle."

    "Levonelle is an effective form of contraception that can be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex."

    Dr Gigi Taguri
    MBBS BSc DFSRH

    Key Information

    The medicine

    Levonelle 1500 (levonorgestrel) 1500 micrograms

    When should I take it?

    Within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex. Levonelle is most effective at the beginning of your menstrual cycle.

     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. Please note, Levonelle does not give any protection against sexually transmitted infections.                                                                   

    Side effects
    Most commonly headache, nausea and vomiting, tender breasts, feeling tired.
    Who shouldn't use this service
    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.

    Taking Levonelle

    How should I take Levonelle?

    Levonelle is prescribed as a single pill. You should take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

    It is thought that when taken within 24 hours, Levonelle has a 95% chance of success, compared to only 58% when taken within 72 hours.

    Does it protect against anything other than unwanted pregnancy?

    Levonelle only protects against pregnancy, not STIs. However, it should not be used as a regular contraceptive method, as it is designed for one-off use (although it may be used more than once during the same menstrual cycle).

    If you are worried you might have a sexually transmitted infection, you can visit our sexual health clinic for advice, tests and treatments.

    If you need regular contraception, then you might consider getting a prescription for the contraceptive pill from our online clinic.