contraception

Contraception

LevonelleLevonelle

Levonelle is an emergency contraceptive that can be used within three days of unprotected sex. It contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel.

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ellaOneellaOne

A type of ‘morning after pill’, EllaOne (ulipristal acetate) can be effective at preventing pregnancy when taken within five days of unprotected sex.

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What is contraception?

Contraception is a way of preventing unwanted pregnancies and being infected by or spreading sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are many methods that can be used depending on personal preference and requirements, ranging from drug treatments to medical procedures. There is only one type of contraception currently available that protects against both pregnancy and STIs - the condom.

At Europa Pharmacy, we offer Levonelle and ellaOne - these types of medication are more commonly known as the ‘morning after pill’ and are often referred to as an emergency form of contraception. These two treatments can be taken after unprotected sexual intercourse or in the event that your regular birth control fails to work. The sooner either of these treatments are taken, the more effective they’re likely to be.

Why use it?

Contraception is most commonly used to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It gives the user control over their body, allowing them to be sexually active without having to worry about falling pregnant. There are many different methods that can be used, giving you the option of finding the right solution for you. While there are various forms of birth control you can take in preparation, you can also feel reassured in knowing there are products like Levonelle and ellaOne available if you find yourself unprotected. However, it’s important to note that using regular contraception is more reliable at preventing pregnancy than relying on emergency forms.

How does treatment work?

Each method works in a different way, however they all ultimately act to prevent pregnancy. From the pill to condoms to the coil implant, you can find a form that will cater to your individual needs.

Levonelle and ellaOne work by causing the prevention and delay of ovulation and both contain ingredients that put a stop to the sex hormone progestogen. Neither Levonelle nor ellaOne are intended to be used as a regular form of contraception, but they are available for you should you need them and they cause no disruption to your natural menstrual cycle.

As effective as they can be, both Levonelle and ellaOne can cause side effects. Both medications can make you feel nauseous, dizzy and tired, and it’s common for users to suffer from headaches, abdominal pain and tender breasts. While there are no serious side effects associated with using either of these medications, if you’d like further information or advice, you can speak to a pharmacist at your local chemist or contact one of our healthcare specialists.