Please be advised Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex and EllaOne has to be taken within 120 hours (five days) of unprotective sex.
The sooner you take Levonelle or EllaOne, the more effective it will be.
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What is Morning after pill?
The morning after pill is also known as the emergency contraceptive pill. Unlike the name implies, it does not need to be taken the morning after. However the sooner you take it the better.
The following three emergency contraceptive pills are available to order through the Express Dispense Online Doctor service:
- Levonorgestrel (non-branded Levonelle)
Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours (three days) of sex, and ellaOne has to be taken within 120 hours (five days) of sex. Both pills work by preventing or delaying ovulation (release of an egg).
Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
How the emergency pill works
Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone. In a woman’s body, progesterone plays a role in ovulation and preparing the uterus for accepting a fertilised egg.
It’s not known exactly how Levonelle works, but it’s thought to work primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation. It does not interfere with your regular method of contraception.
ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate, which stops progesterone working normally. It prevents pregnancy mainly by preventing or delaying ovulation.`
Levonelle and ellaOne do not continue to protect you against pregnancy. This means that if you have unprotected sex at any time after taking the emergency pill you can become pregnant.
Even if you are starting or continuing another method of hormonal contraception, it may not be effective immediately. You will need to use condoms or avoid sex until the contraception is working effectively.
The time it takes for contraception to become effective depends on the emergency contraceptive pill and the method of hormonal contraception being started. Your doctor or nurse will tell you when you can start hormonal contraception and how long you will need to take additional precautions to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
Levonelle and ellaOne are not intended to be used as a regular form of contraception. However, you can use emergency contraception more than once in a menstrual cycle if necessary.