Risks & Safety of taking the Morning After Pill


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There are some small risks to taking Levenelle, as with any other medication, and you ought to read the pamphlet that comes with the pill before you take it.  The side effects to the morning after pill are not serious, but you might run in to problems if you have an unknown allergy to a substance within the pill.  Your doctor will give you advice before giving you the pill, and will question you over your health and general well-being.  It is likely that you will be asked:  

  • About your usual contraceptive methods
  • About your health and any health conditions that you might have
  • About any medications of herbal supplements that you are taking
  • To inform them of any allergies that you have
  • Whether you have had unprotected sex previously within your menstrual cycle

It is important that you are truthful with the health professional asking you these questions, as taking Levonelle alongside other drugs may put you at risk, either from the morning after pill, or from the other drugs not working as they should.

Is the Morning After Pill Safe?

It is imperative that you listen to the advice given to you by your GP, a doctor or a pharmacist before you take Levonelle.  Although there are few health concerns, the morning after pill can affect your periods, can give you some side effects and ought not be taken in conjunction with certain other medications.  There are risks associated with taking the morning after pill, and it is advisable that you find out what they are before taking it.  Generally speaking, and as long as you have no health problem, the pill is regarded as medically quite safe, with few real risks so long as taken properly and sensibly. 

Although the morning after pill is considered relatively safe, there are some people who will not be able to take it or who need either a larger dose or specific advise regarding the pill.  Levonelle ought not to be taken:

  •  By those with severe liver disease or porphyria, and those using St John’s Wort. 
  • Alongside HIV drugs such as Ritonavir or immune system suppressants 
  • When TB treating drugs such as rifabutin are being taken
  • If Barbiturates and other seizure preventing medicines are being taken
  • By those with stomach problems such as Crohn’s Disease, or any other condition that affects how you process foods and medications
  • By those with certain allergies or hormone problems

In these instances alternative emergency contraception can be provides, such as an IUD or coil which can provide effective emergency contraception for up to five days after unprotected sex and doesn’t have any effect on other medications. 

It is important that you inform your GP, medical advisor or pharmacist about any medications that you are taking, or any conditions that you suffer from.  If not then you run a risk of either messing up your medications or the morning after pill not working. 


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