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The Morning After Pill: Emergency Contraception

Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is primarily used to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Medicines2u provide two types of contraception:

Levonelle – up to 85% effective rate and the most recognisable morning after treatment, should be used within 72 hours
EllaOne – Introduced in 2010, has become very popular due to the consumption period, EllaOne is up to 95% effective and should be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. **

Morning After ComparisonTreatment Period of effectiveness
Levonelle 1500 1 tablet

Can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

EllaOne 1 tablet

Can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

                                                              *Must be taken immediately after unprotected sex to ensure effectiveness 

                                                              *https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216625/

Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is primarily used to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Medicines2u provide two types of contraception:

Levonelle – up to 85% effective rate and the most recognisable morning after treatment, should be used within 72 hours
EllaOne – Introduced in 2010, has become very popular due to the consumption period, EllaOne is up to 95% effective and should be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. **

Morning After ComparisonTreatment Period of effectiveness
Levonelle 1500 1 tablet

Can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

EllaOne 1 tablet

Can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

                                                              *Must be taken immediately after unprotected sex to ensure effectiveness 

                                                              *https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216625/

Morning after pill

The morning after pill is an emergency contraception which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is recommended to take the medication as soon as possible to insure effectiveness however a patient has up to 5 days before they take the pill depending on which you choose.

 

  • Levonelle, which has to be taken within 72 hours
  • ellaOne ,which can be taken within 120 hours. **

 

Does it always work?

Most contraceptives have a high success rate and the morning after pill is no different. If taken as soon as possible chances are there will be no unwanted pregnancy, however there are a small percentage that can become pregnant even after using the pill, though the chances are very low. The IUD is another method of contraception (also known as intrauterine/coil), which has a very high success rate in preventing pregnancies, however some women feel uncomfortable having this type of device in their bodies.**

 

How does the pill work?

Both levonelle and EllaOne work in their own unique way; Levonelle’s active ingredient is levonorgetrel, which is a synthetic version of progesterone, which is the key hormone in fertilising eggs and facilitating ovulation. The increase in progesterone in the body caused by taking Levonelle prevents ovulation.

 

EllaOne works by actually stopping the amount of progesterone produced in the body. EllOne is also known to interfere with other hormonal contraception, but only up to 7 days after using it. Some women may experience irregularity with their period when taking any of these medications, with periods arriving late or early. If your period takes longer than 7 days, contact your Doctor.

 

Are there any side effects?

Most patients that take the morning after pill experience little or no side effects. Here are some common aside affects that can occur:

  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Headaches
  • Sickly feeling
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling Dizzy

 

Although less common, some patients are known to vomit after taking the pill. If this occurs, consult your doctor where you will be administered another dose.

 

EllaOne is not suitable for women who are already pregnant, have allergies to any of the active ingredients within the medication, suffer from conditions such as asthma which require additional treatment. EllaOne is also known to be ineffective if you are using other medications such as antibiotics or medications relating to Epilepsy, mediation relating to Acid Reflux or HIV based medication. Levonelle has no such restrictions.

 

How Do I Order this treatment?

Ordering the pill from Medicines2u is an easy process. Simply choose the medication you are interested in, click on the ‘Continue to Checkout’ button, this will bring up a dialogue box which will give you an option of editing your cart or going to checkout. Click on the ‘Checkout Button and fill out the necessary information. On this page you will also find a question form, answer these questions as truthfully as you can, this form is then sent to our in house Doctor, who checks your response and if approved, the medication is dispatched the same day.

*Must be taken immediately after unprotected sex to ensure effectiveness

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216625/