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What is NorLevo® Morning After Pill?

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  • What is NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® is an emergency contraceptive pill (also known as “the morning after pill”) and is recommended for the prevention of pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse, particularly:
    • If you have had sexual intercourse where either you or your partner did not use a contraceptive method;
    • If your partner's condom has broken, slipped or been improperly removed, or if he has forgotten to use one;
    • If you have missed an oral contraceptive pill;
    • If you fear that your intrauterine device has been expelled;
    • If your vaginal diaphragm or contraceptive cap has moved or if you have removed it too early;
    • If you are afraid that the method of coitus interruptus (withdrawal) has failed or if you have had sexual intercourse during the period when you are supposed to be fertile when using the rhythm method;
    • In the event of rape.
  • How does NorLevo® Morning After Pill work?
    NorLevo® works before pregnancy can occur by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) or by stopping the egg and sperm from meeting.
    NorLevo® cannot terminate or interrupt an established pregnancy and will not stop a fertilised egg from implanting in the uterus nor can it harm a developing embryo.
  • Do you need a prescription for NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® is available without a prescription from most pharmacies and clinics. A pharmacist may not sell NorLevo® to you if you are under the age of 14, unless you have a doctor’s prescription or are accompanied by either a parent or legal guardian.
  • Where can you purchase NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® is available at most pharmacies and clinics in South Africa. Before dispensing NorLevo® the pharmacist or clinic nurse will provide counselling to ensure that you use NorLevo® correctly and safely. Counselling is done discreetly and confidentially to ensure your privacy. If you are under 14, it is advisable that you visit your local doctor or family planning clinic for advice.
  • Is NorLevo® Morning After Pill effective?
    Pregnancy is prevented in 60 to 95 % of cases when emergency contraception is used within 72 hours after intercourse. Efficacy is higher when emergency contraception is used as early as possible.
  • Is NorLevo® Morning After Pill effective if several acts of intercourse have occurred in a row, at the same time?
    Yes, NorLevo® is equally effective after one or several acts of intercourse in a row, provided that all the acts have occurred within the 72 hours preceding the intake of the drug. The risk of unwanted pregnancy occurs when several unprotected acts of intercourse have taken place at various times in the same cycle. Therefore, remember that after having used NorLevo®, you must use a barrier contraceptive method (condom, spermicide, cervical cap) until the next menstrual period.
When taken as directed, NorLevo® is intended to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse. NorLevo® isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't termintate an existing pregnancy. NorLevo® does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

72 Hour Window

In order to improve its efficacy, the morning after pill should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. This means taking it within 72 hours.

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