Levonelle consists of a single dose medication and is taken by women who either had unprotected sex or fear that their normal contraception may have failed e.g. forgetting to take a contraceptive tablet or because of a torn condom. If taken within 72 hours of the incident, there is a 95 percent chance of it being effective and preventing any unplanned pregnancy.
This emergency contraceptive tablet works with only one dose and can be kept on hand for any contraceptive accident or failure. Levonelle can be bought online and saves the need for an emergency appointment with your own doctor.
Levonorgestrel is the active ingredient and its effectiveness is:
Within the first 24 hours: 95% effective
24 to 48 hours: 85% effective
48 to 72 hours: 58% effective.
Levonelle may have no effect, if taken after longer than 72 hours after unprotected sexual activity. In such cases, consult your local doctor or there is the option of using EllaOne emergency contraception tablet.
Very few women are sick after taking levonelle but, should this occur within three hours of having taken the tablet, it is necessary to take a second replacment tablet, as the first dose will not have had sufficient time to be effective. If sickness still occurs, speak with your local doctor about a different emergency contraceptive method.
The feeling of being sick or nausea will not effect Levonelle.
Levonelle may alter the regularity of your next period and may also lead to a much lighter or heavier period than is normal. If the next period proves to be more than five days late, either take a pregnancy test or consult your doctor.
Levonelle protects you only for that one unprotected occasion and so contraception continues to be needed during the rest of the menstrual cycle. If you are using the patch or the contraceptive pill, you may also need the added protection of a condom for the rest of that menstrual period.
The active ingredient of 1.5mg of levonorgestrel works by stopping the release of eggs from the ovaries and also by preventing fertilisation of a released egg or its attaching itself to the lining of the womb.
For anyone under the age of sixteen, advice must first be sought from a local doctor or the family planning clinic.