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The Emergency Contraceptive Pill

 
 

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The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (EC pill) Levenelle®

Depending upon where you are in your cycle, Levonelle® may work in one of these ways:
  • It may prevent or delay ovulation.
  • It may interfere with fertilisation of an egg.

It is also possible that this type of emergency birth control prevents implantation of a fertilised egg in your uterus by altering its lining.

Levonelle® does not cause a miscarriage or abortion.

Levenelle® is more effective the sooner you take it.

When you take it within 24 hours of unprotected sex, it is 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. When it’s taken between 25-48 hours after unprotected sex it is 85% effective and when it’s taken between 49-72 hours after unprotected sex it is 58% effective at preventing pregnancy. So it’s important that you get advice on emergency contraception as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.

However, you should know that Levonelle® is not as effective as regular contraception. So don't take it as your main form of contraception.
Also, it does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections.

If you think you are too late for Emergency Contraception see a doctor or nurse as they may still be able to help

 

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The emergency contraceptive pill ellaOne®

ellaOne® can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after sex. ellaOne®  works by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg and may also alter the environment in the womb.

No emergency contraceptive is effective in every case and out of 100 women receiving Ellaone® up to five days after unprotected sex, approximately two will become pregnant.

ellaOne® does not cause a miscarriage or abortion.

ellaOne® may also make regular hormonal contraceptives less effective so you should use a reliable barrier contraceptive method such as a condom until your next period.

However, you should know that elleaone® is not as effective as regular contraception. So don't take it as your main form of contraception.
Also, it does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections.

For more information about ellaOne®, speak to a doctor or nurse from the CaSH Service.

If you think you are too late for Emergency Contraception see a doctor or nurse as they may still be able to help


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Availability
You can get the emergency contraceptive pill, for free, at any of the following places:

      Purple petal    Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Services    
  Purple petal   Brook Centres (for under 25s)
  Purple petal   GPs      
  Purple petal   Some Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments  
  Purple petal   Some pharmacies supply it for free (ring first)  

If you’re over 16, you can also buy the Levonelle® EC pill from most pharmacies. It costs around £25.

Emergency Contraception is freely available from Contraception Clinics. Use the Service Finder to find a clinic that’s most convenient for you. Or call our Central Booking line 01772 401140 for more information – You do not need an appointment to request Emergency Contraception

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