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    Levonorgestrel pill (generic Levonelle)

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    Commonly known as the 'morning after pill', Levonorgestrel contains the same active ingredient as Levonelle and is effective for up to 72 hours of unprotected sex. With the online emergency contraception consultation service, our clinicians can prescribe Levonorgestrel if you’re medically suitable, for collection the same day. Or you can collect next day from a convenient ParcelShop. 

    When can I take Levonorgestrel?

    Levonorgestrel is a morning after pill that should be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex.

    How does Levonorgestrel work?

    Levonorgestrel is a synthetic hormone and the active ingredient in this form of emergency contraception. It works to prevent pregnancy from two different angles - either by stopping the ovaries from ovulating or by stopping sperm fertilising an egg if it had already been released.

    How effective is the morning after pill Levonorgestrel?

    The earlier Levonorgestrel is taken after unprotected sex, the more likely it is to be effective. It should be taken within 72 hours (3 days), but it is thought that if taken within 24 hours it will prevent 95% of pregnancies, 48 hours it will prevent 85% of pregnancies and 58% within 72 hours.

    You will need to take another Levonorgestrel if you are sick within three hours of taking the initial tablet.

    Once you have taken Levonorgestrel it will not prevent further pregnancies if you have unprotected sex again. Between taking the tablet and your next period you should use condoms or your regular contraception.

    Taking a double dose of Levonorgestrel

    The standard Levonorgestrel dose is 1.5 milligrams. But some women might have to take a double dose (3mg Levonorgestrel) . This can be because of your weight (if you’re over 70kg), or if you’re taking certain medications. You can find out more here.  

    Are there any Levonorgestrel side effects?

    Like most medication some people may experience side effects when taking Levonorgestrel. The most common side effects of this form of emergency contraception are nausea, stomach pain and headaches.

    If after taking Levonorgestrel your period is late and you experience the above symptoms, you should take 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.

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    Will Levonorgestrel interact with other medication?

    It is important that you tell us about any other medications or recreational drugs you are taking, so that Levonorgestrel can be prescribed safely. Levonorgestrel can be taken alongside most medications, but it can also interact with some medications.

    How often can you take levonorgestrel?

    If you need to, you can take the morning after pill more than once in a menstrual cycle. Despite this, the morning after pill shouldn’t be used as a regular form of contraception.

    Does levonorgestrel stop periods?

    Taking the morning after pill can make your period earlier, later or in some cases more heavy. It does not stop your periods. If you period is more than 7 days late, you should take a pregnancy test 

    Can levonorgestrel cause infertility?

    Taking the morning after pill should not affect fertility, even when taken regularly. 

    Does Levonorgestrel protect against STIs?

    Levonorgestrel is a form of emergency contraception to be used after unprotected sex, it is not a form of protection against sexually transmitted infections. Having unprotected sex may put you at risk of catching an STI, so visit our STI test clinic for further advice and at-home test kits.

    Where can I get the morning after pill Levonorgestrel?

    Fill out our emergency contraception consultation and you could be approved for a prescription of Levonorgestrel, this may then be available for same-day collection in one of our LloydsPharmacy stores.

    Important information about Levonorgestrel

    Levonorgestrel should not be taken more than three days after having unprotected sex.

    If you have taken Levonorgestrel and you experience abnormal bleeding for you or your period is more than five days late, you should take a pregnancy test.

    Alternative emergency contraception

    If more than 72 hours have passed since having unprotected sex, you should not take Levonorgestrel and there are other emergency contraception options to consider.

    How our morning after pill service works

    1. Complete our simple, confidential online consultation

      5 mins

    2. One of our clinicians confirms your suitability and notifies you by email

      About 30 mins (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm)

    3. Collect in pharmacy or from a local ParcelShop

      Same-day collection from LloydsPharmacy stores

      Next-day collection from local ParcelShops

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