What is Levonelle 1500?
Levonelle 1500 is a contraceptive pill for women usually consumed after unprotected sex or failure of contraceptives. The main ingredient of Levonelle 1500 is levonorgestrel, a synthetic progesterone which is the naturally occurring sex hormone in women.
How does Levonelle 1500 work?
Studies have yet to confirm how Levonelle 1500 actually works. The concept behind the drug, though, is it alters the uterine lining in the womb to prevent the fertilized egg from implanting on the uterus. Even if the egg is fertilized, it cannot successfully develop since there’s no proper ‘ground’ where it can plant itself for further development.
Levonorgestrel also decreases the chance of egg fertilization by increasing the thickness of the natural mucus found at the cervix. The thicker wall increases the difficulty for the sperm to cross into the uterus to fertilize an egg.
Human fertilization and implantation normally occur around 72 hours after sexual intercourse. This means Levonelle 1500’s potency can take effect within this time frame. For best results, the drug should be consumed immediately after sex.
Taking Levonelle 1500
Levonelle 1500 consists of only one tablet which should be taken immediately after unprotected sex. Studies show that women who take Levonelle 1500 within 24 hours after sex can achieve up to 95% success rate. Taking the medicine between 24 to 72 hours after sex will decrease the potency to only 58%.
The pill can be consumed anytime during the menstruation period. It can be ingested on either an empty or full stomach. If you feel sick within 2 hours after consumption, drink another pill and consult your doctor immediately.
Levonelle 1500 should not be taken by women with the following conditions:
- Women who are or might be pregnant
- Women with blood disorders such as acute porphyrias
- Women with galactose intolerance
- Women who have high risks of ectopic pregnancy
- Women with severe decrease in liver function