Levonelle is a type of emergency contraception known as the morning after pill. Levonelle can be taken after unprotected sex to reduce the chance of pregnancy. Levonelle will not stop a pregnancy if the egg has already been fertilised, therefore, Levonelle must be taken up to 72 hours after the episode of unprotected sex, but it is more effective the sooner it is taken.
Levonelle is available over the counter in the UK after a consultation with a pharmacist. The pharmacist will ask you questions to check the suitability of Levonelle and to discuss other contraceptive options. You can also get Levonelle from your GP or a sexual health or family planning clinic. Levonelle is available to buy for future use from Dr Felix. This means that you can have it in your home as a backup, so if you do have unprotected sex, you can take it as soon as possible, when it is most effective at preventing pregnancy.
ellaOne is another morning after pill. It works up to 5 days after unprotected sex, so can be used later, but it is still most effective when taken earlier. The IUD (intrauterine device), also known as the copper coil, is a different method of emergency contraception. It is a copper device that is inserted into the uterus by a medical professional. The IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception, but also must be used within 5 days of unprotected sex and should ideally be inserted as soon as possible. It works by preventing fertilisation, or by preventing implantation if fertilisation has occurred. The IUD can also be kept in and used as a regular form of contraception to protect you from unwanted pregnancy long term.
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