Taking Levonelle One Step can affect your period. Because the morning after pill delays ovulation, your period could be early, late, heavier or lighter. The good news is a delayed period doesn't mean it hasn't worked. No matter how you bleed after taking the pill, always take a pregnancy test 3 weeks later to check if it's worked.
Can I take Levonelle One Step whilst breastfeeding?
Yes, you can take Levonelle One Step while breastfeeding. The hormones in this brand of emergency contraception are not harmful to you or your baby.
Does Levonelle One Step have long term side effects?
No, there are no long term side effects when taking any brand of morning after pill. You might experience temporary symptoms such as headaches, nausea, stomach ache or changes to your period. Find out more in our guide to emergency contraception.
Can Levonelle One Step cause blood clots?
Levonelle One Step does not contain oestrogen, so there is no increased risk of blood clots.
Where can I buy Levonelle One Step tablets?
Various pharmacies sell the morning after pill online. You'll also be able to order emergency contraception directly from The Lowdown's online pharmacy very soon. Head to our Prescriptions service to find out more.
How the Levonelle One Step pill works:
Levonelle One Step is a form of emergency contraception. It's a small tablet that contains progestogen hormones that delay or stop your ovaries releasing an egg. It is only effective if it's taken BEFORE you've ovulated. If you're past ovulation in your cycle, you could get pregnant, so be sure to take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after.
How to use the Levonelle One Step pill:
The morning after pill is not used as a regular form of contraception. It should only be taken after unprotected sex or if your usual contraceptive method has failed, such as if a condom breaks or forgetting to take your pill. You need to take Levonelle One Step within 3 days of unprotected sex - the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be. You can start other forms of contraception straight after taking it. If you need to, you can take Levonelle One Step more than once in a menstrual cycle.
How safe is the Levonelle One Step pill:
Levonelle One Step is very safe, there are no long term or serious side effects from taking it. However, it's important to remember that it does not protect you from STIs.
This information is reviewed by our medical team.
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