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Levonorgestrel

Levonorgestrel is an emergency contraceptive pill used by women to:

  • Prevent emergency contraception within 72 hours after birth control failure or unprotected sex.

It’s an emergency contraceptive and should not be used as a regular form of controlling birth. This emergency contraceptive pill is commonly called the morning pill used as backed up contraception to prevent pregnancy after an unprotected sex or birth control fails such as missing 2 or more birth control pills or breakage in the condom.

Levonorgestrel belongs to the progestin group of drug. It contains synthetic progesterone that works similarly to the natural progesterone produced by the body. It’s a type of a pill known as POP or progesterone only pill. It works in three ways:

  1. It affects the natural mucus at the neck of the cervix. It increases the mucus thickness so it would be harder for the sperm to cross the vagina and into the cervix. Preventing the sperm from entering the cervix lessen the chances of the egg cell to get fertilized.
  2. It changes the quality of the lining of the womb or the endometrium to prevent the fertilized egg from successfully implanting onto the wall of the uterus.
  3. It may prevent the egg from releasing in the ovaries. It is believed that this synthetic progesterone tricks the body into thinking that ovulation has already occurred preventing the egg from being released in the ovary.

The whole process from fertilization to implantation can take only up to three days. So this pill can only stop pregnancy from occurring for up to 72 hours after an unprotected sex.

Why Buy Levonorgestrel?

Levonorgestrel is a female hormone that prevents ovulation or the release of an egg from an ovary. It’s sold under different brand names is useful within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It decreases the chances of pregnancy by 57% to 93% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex but it does not work after pregnancy has occurred. This emergency contraceptive pill is used along with an estrogen to help prevent unwanted pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Levonorgestrel without prescription for women 18 years of age and older on 2006 and the prescription-only form for females 17 years of age and younger on 2013. 

How to Take Levonorgestrel?

You only have one tablet to take as soon as possible preferably within 12 hours but no later than 72 hours.

What are the side effects of Levonorgestrel?

Things to Remember

  • This pill is more effective in preventing pregnancy if taken earlier. So, take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex rather than to wait for the next day. The timing of the dose is vital for the medication to be effective.
  • Levonorgestrel may help prevent unwanted pregnancy but it will not prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. And other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Do not use this emergency pill if pregnancy has already occurred because this pill will not terminate a pregnancy that has already begun.
  • It’s not also intended for used as a routine form of birth control. Talk to your doctor about other forms of birth control method available.
  • Levonorgestrel is available over-the-counter in the US without any prescription and with prescription in some other countries. However, do not give this to anyone younger than 15 years of age without consulting the doctor.
  • Levonorgestrel cannot be sold to girls less than 16 years of age except in exceptional circumstance. Girls 16 years of age and under needs clinical monitoring after taking the pill.
  • Before using this pill, tell your doctor if you are:
    • Allergic  to any drugs
    • You have diabetes
    • Breastfeeding (it can pass into breast milk and may harm the baby)
  • Do not use this pill if:
    • You are pregnant
    • You have a greater risk for ectopic pregnancy
    • You have a rare hereditary problem of galactose intolerance or glucose-galactose malabsorption
    • You have a severely decreased liver function
  • Use this with care if:
    • You have a severe malabsorption syndrome like Crohn’s disease
  • If you vomit within 1 hour after taking this pill, do not take another dose until you consult your doctor.
  • Your doctor may need to examine you 3 weeks after taking this emergency pill. Your doctor may need to confirm whether you are pregnant or not. If your period is delayed for a week, you may be pregnant then. There is a great possibility that your pregnancy will be ectopic. For this reason, you should consult your doctor if you began to experience any sudden abnormal pain. Do not take another pill if you are pregnant because Levonorgestrel will not terminate a pregnancy that has already begun.
  • It is also recommended that after taking the pill you use another barrier method of contraception until your next period because Levonorgestrel will not provide you with continued contraception to prevent pregnancy.
  • Use this pill only as an emergency measure. Do not use this repeatedly because it can disrupt your menstrual cycle.

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