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Safety Measures to Avoid Pregnancy in Case of Unsafe Contact

Levonorgestrel is a hormone that can be used as an emergency contraceptive pill. It is one of the safety measures to avoid pregnancy in case of unsafe contact. You should take it within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. It should be followed by second tablet after 12 hours to avoid pregnancy.

How does Levonorgestrel work?

Levonorgestrel is a female progestin hormone. It prevents pregnancy through various mechanisms. It is also responsible for other changes that takes place, to avoid pregnancy. They are as follows;

  1. It delays the release of an egg from an ovary.
  2. Causes changes in cervical mucus and uterine lining.
  3. This makes the sperm more difficult to reach the uterus.
  4. Tries to avoid attachment of fertilized egg to the uterus.
  5. This prevent the development of pregnancy.
  6. Other changes that may take place are,
  • Interference with corpus luteum.
  • Alteration in the tubal transport of sperm, egg or embryo.
  • Inhibition of fertilization.
  • Impairs the ovulatory process and luteal function.

All these mechanism prevents pregnancy or can be used as a Birth control method.

What are the Uses Levonorgestrel?

Levonorgestrel is typically a Birth control pill. It is a hormone that helps a women to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure e.g. Broken condom or unprotected sex. It is a type of emergency contraceptive pill. You must not use it as a regular form of birth control medicine. It will not stop the existing pregnancy. The pill does not give protection from sexually transmitted diseases.

How to take Levonorgestrel to give expected result?

It comes as a single pill pack. It is a type of over the counter product. You can buy and use by yourself. But read the given instruction in the leaflet. Use as directed by your physician.

Dosage: – General method is to take it by mouth as soon as possible after unprotected sex. You should take second tablet 12 hours after the first tablet. Take it with or without food. The above pills work best when you take it before 72 hours (3 days) after the action of penetration.

What are the precautions in taking Levonorgestrel?

You have to take care in certain cases while using Levonorgestrel.

  1. Do not use this pill when you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
  2. The doctor may confirm your pregnancy before he ask you to take this pill.
  3. Inform your doctor if you have severe lower abdominal or stomach pain, 3 to 5 weeks after you have taken the pill.
  4. Above condition may be due to ectopic pregnancy-pregnancy outside the womb. Take medical help at once.
  5. There may be blood spotting few days after you took the medicine.
  6. It is continues for more than 1 week then inform the Doctor regarding this.
  7. Your next monthly periods may delay by few days. If it is more than 7 days, Go forward for a pregnancy test.
  8. The pill does not give protection form sexually transmitted disease.
  9. Do not take other medicine along with this pill. Disuses with your doctor for taking other medicine.

Cost of Levonorgestrel [Generic & Brand]

Both generic & brand drug contain hormone Levonorgestrel. The higher cost of brand name is due to their packaging, pricing and brand name. Different pharmaceutical companies produce different brands of medicine. But the main active ingredient remains the same. Generic medicines are cheaper as compared to the brand once due to many cost saving process.

Cost of one pill (1.5mg) Levonorgestrel is $24.

Cost of one pill (1.5 mg) plan B one step is $36.99.

You can see the difference in their cost with same effect. So it is always better to go with generic medicines.

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