Taking Levonorgestrel can affect your period, making it early, late, heavier or lighter. This is because the morning after pill delays ovulation. 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 Levonorgestrel whilst breastfeeding?
Levonorgestrel is safe to take while breastfeeding. The hormones in this brand of emergency contraception are not harmful to you or your baby.
Does Levonorgestrel have long term side effects?
No, there are no long term side effects to taking any brand of the morning after pill. You might experience some temporary symptoms such as headaches, nausea, tummy ache or changes to your period. Find out more in our guide to emergency contraception.
Can Levonorgestrel cause blood clots?
Levonorgestrel does not contain oestrogen and does therefore does not cause an increased risk of blood clots.
Where can I buy Levonorgestrel tablets?
You can buy the Levonorgestrel morning after pill from various pharmacies online or over the counter, as well as getting it for free on the NHS via your GP or local sexual health clinic. You can also order both the Levonorgestrel and ellaOne morning after pills directly from The Lowdown's online pharmacy! Whether you need it ASAP after unprotected sex, or just want to purchase it as a backup for future use.
How the Levonorgestrel pill works:
Levonrgestrel is a form of emergency contraception - a small tablet that contains 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 Levonorgestrel pill:
The morning after pill is not used as a regular form of contraception and should only be taken after unprotected sex or if your usual contraceptive method has failed, for example, if a condom breaks or you forget to take your pill. You need to take Levonorgestrel 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 Levonorgestrel more than once in a menstrual cycle.
How safe is the Levonorgestrel pill:
Levonorgestrel is very safe to take and there are no serious or long term side effects from taking it. It's important to remember that it does not protect you from STIs.;