What is Levonorgestrel?
Levonorgestrel is a non-branded form of emergency contraception that works in the first 72 hours after unprotected sex. It works through the active ingredient levonorgestrel to prevent or delay the release of an egg from the ovaries.
How does Levonorgestrel work?
Levonorgestrel works through the active ingredient levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone. This hormone works to stop or delay the release of an egg from the ovaries, preventing the egg from becoming fertilised by the sperm released during unprotected sex.
How reliable is Levonorgestrel?
Levonorgestrel is approximately 84% effective overall, but its effectiveness can be influenced by how soon you take the pill after unprotected sex takes place. It can be as high as 95% effective if it is taken within the first 24 hours, but as low as 58% if taken after 48-72 hours after unprotected sex takes place.
How should Levonorgestrel be taken?
Levonorgestrel should be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, as soon as possible. It should be swallowed whole with water. It cannot be taken twice during the same menstrual cycle.
Is Levonorgestrel suitable for me?
Levonorgestrel is suitable for women who have had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours and require emergency contraception. Do not take Levonorgestrel if you are allergic to levonorgestrel or any of its other ingredients. You should also not take the emergency contraceptive pill if you are already pregnant, or if 72 hours have passed since unprotected sex took place.
What is the difference between Levonorgestrel and Levonelle?
There is little difference between Levonorgestrel and Levonelle. Levonelle is the branded version of Levonorgestrel. They both contain the same quantity of the active ingredient levonorgestrel.