Levonelle is an emergency contraception that is proven to be 95% effective up to 24 hours after having sexual intercourse. You can take Levonelle up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex.
The sooner you take the pill after unprotected sex, or in an instance where your method of contraception failed, the higher the chance of preventing pregnancy.
How does Levonelle work?
The active ingredient in Levonelle, levonorgestrel, is a synthetic hormone which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg and prevents sperm from reaching an egg that has already been released.
All sexually active females of child-bearing age can take Levonelle, so long as they don’t have an allergy to levonorgestrel or any of the other ingredients in Levonelle.
How do I know if Levonelle has worked?
You won’t know if Levonelle has worked until your next period. It is advised to make an appointment with your GP 3 weeks after taking Levonelle to make sure the medicine has worked. If your period doesn’t arrive as planned, make an appointment with your GP.
Before taking Levonelle, it is important to identify any reason or condition that could prohibit its use.
Speak to your doctor before taking Levonelle if:
- You are taking any other course of medication (including herbal remedies containing St John’s Wort)
- You suffer from liver problems
- You have a history of ectopic pregnancy or inflammation of the Fallopian tubes
- You’re breastfeeding
Always read the accompanying patient information leaflet before you take Levonelle.
Do not take Levonelle past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of that month.
Never throw away unwanted medicine via household or water waste. Instead, you should take any unwanted or expired medicine to your pharmacy, who can dispose of it safely on your behalf.
Always keep medicine out of the sight and reach from children and pets.