FAQs on Levonorgestrel

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Q: What is Levonorgestrel? 

A: Levonorgestrel - This medication is an emergency contraceptive and should not be used as a regular form of birth control. Using this medication will not stop an existing pregnancy or protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases.

Q: How do levonorgestrel tablets work?

A: Levonorgestrel tablets work by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary) and thickening cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg.

Q: How effective are levonorgestrel tablets?

A: The effectiveness of the Levonorgestrel morning-after pill becomes less effective with time: it is thought to be 95 percent effective if taken within 24 hours, 85 percent effective if taken within 25-48 hours, and 58 percent effective if taken between 49-72 hours..

Q: How should it be used?

A: Take 1 tablet by mouth with or without food as soon as possible after unprotected sex. This medication works best when it is taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex.

Q: How many levonorgestrel tablets do I need to take?

A: The recommended dose of levonorgestrel tablets is one tablet, taken orally. Some brands may require you to take two tablets at once. Always follow the instructions on the package or as directed by your healthcare provider.

Q: Are there any side effects of levonorgestrel tablets?

A: Like all medications, levonorgestrel tablets can have side effects. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and irregular menstrual bleeding. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.

Q: Who should not take levonorgestrel tablets?

A: Levonorgestrel tablets may not be appropriate for everyone. Women who are allergic to levonorgestrel or have certain medical conditions (such as liver disease) may not be able to use them. It is important to talk to a healthcare provider to determine if levonorgestrel tablets are right for you.

Q: Can I use levonorgestrel tablets as my primary form of birth control?

A: No, levonorgestrel tablets are intended to be used as a backup method of contraception and should not be used as a primary form of birth control. They are not as effective as other forms of birth control, such as hormonal contraceptives or barrier methods.

Q: Do levonorgestrel tablets protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

A: No, levonorgestrel tablets do not protect against STIs. It is important to use condoms or other barrier methods in addition to hormonal birth control to reduce the risk of STIs.