Levest is a combined contraceptive pill.
You can order Levest online using a simple questionnaire providing you are aged between 16 and 50 and female. One of our doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.
We can then deliver your pills to you, or you can pick them up in any Superdrug store or from a post office.
To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.
|Levest - 3 Month Course||£20|
|Levest - 6 Month Course||£25|
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All combined pills contain lab-made versions of two hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. Each combined pill is made up of slightly different levels of these hormones. The versions of these hormones in Levest are called levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol.
What’s the difference between Levest and Microgynon?Microgynon is a different brand of the combined contraceptive pill that contains the same active ingredients as Levest (150mcg of levonorgestrel and 30mcg of ethinylestradiol).
Other pills that have this same combination of hormones are: Ovranette and Rigevidon. They all work in exactly the same way and may cause similar side effects.
- Fill in our online questionnaire about your general health and your contraception needs. This should only take a few minutes to complete.
- A doctor will review your questionnaire to see whether Levest is safe for you to take.
- If Levest is right for you, your prescription will be sent by post to your preferred address. Or, you can choose to collect it from your nearest Superdrug store or post office.
You can also get Levest through the NHS. You’ll need to make an appointment with your GP or go to a sexual-health clinic.
Levest is a prescription-only medication so you cannot buy it over the counter.
- Stopping your body from releasing eggs from the ovaries (ovulation).
- Increasing the thickness of the fluid around the neck of your womb to make it more difficult for sperm to reach any eggs that are released.
- Making the womb lining thinner, so it’s harder for any fertilised eggs to implant.
If your periods come less than every 28 days Levest may not work straight away for you no matter when you start it. So, you’ll also need to use another type of contraception for 7 days.
When you come off Levest, your fertility will return and you will be at risk of pregnancy as soon as you stop if you do not use another method of contraception.
Most women will have a period in 2 to 4 weeks. It’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test if you’ve stopped taking Levest but have not had your period within a month.
Levest will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so if this is a concern, you’ll need to use extra protection, like a condom.
- Take each tablet every day at around the same time with a small amount of water. Swallow each tablet whole. Don’t chew or crush them.
- Each tablet is labelled with the day of the week that it should be taken on.
- The strip of tablets is also marked with arrows showing the sequence of tablets. Follow the arrows each day until you complete the strip.
- After you finish the strip, most women choose to stop taking Levest for a maximum of 7 days. You should get a bleed in this time. This is called the ‘withdrawal bleed’. You’re still protected from pregnancy during the 7-day break providing you took all your Levest pills as instructed in the week before your break.
- Start a new strip after 7 days. You should start each strip on the same day every time.
- Taking the pill every day continuously until breakthrough bleeding occurs for 3 to 4 days, then having a 4-day break before starting the next pack.
- There's no need to use additional contraception after restarting.
- Taking the pill every day for 3 weeks then having a 4-day break before starting the next pack.
- You may have a withdrawal bleed in the pill break.
- There's no need to use additional contraception after restarting.
- Taking the pill every day continuously without any breaks (if a bleed occurs, you continue to take your pill).
- Taking the pill every day for 3 packs (9 weeks).
- Then having a pill break – often this is a 7-day break. Sometimes people shorten the pill break to only 4 days, and then restart the next pack.
- You will have a withdrawal bleed in the pill break.
- There is no need to use additional contraception after restarting.
Missing a pillDepending on the circumstances, there are different things you should do if you miss a pill.
If you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis your doctor may also suggest a combined pill like Levest to help with some of the symptoms.
- Breast pain.
- Feeling sick (nausea).
- Changes to your bleeding pattern.
- Low mood or depression.
If you notice any of these side effects when taking Levest, it’s worth carrying on with the medicine for a few weeks. You may find the side effects go away as your body gets used to the medicine.
If you find that the side effects are too much to cope with or they last longer than 3 months, speak to your doctor. They will be able to make sure there are no other underlying causes and suggest an alternative method of contraception.
For a full list of side effects always read the patient information leaflet before starting Levest.
Make sure the doctor prescribing you Levest knows about any medicines you’re on, including over-the-counter and herbal medicines. For a full list of medications that can interact with Levest always check the patient information leaflet.
Medicines that can make Levest work less effectively include:
- Epilepsy medication.
- Some antibiotics.
- Anti-retroviral medication (for HIV).
- Other enzyme inducers.
- Laxatives or weight loss medications.
- Herbal treatments such as St John’s Wort.
Risks of taking LevestCombined hormonal contraceptive pills like Levest can increase your risk of developing a blood clot compared with not taking them. But this risk remains low overall if your doctor has advised that Levest is safe for you to take.
Signs of a blood clot include pain or swelling in your calf, shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood. If you experience any of these symptoms you should go to A&E.
Some studies have also shown a link between taking a combined pill and an increased risk of developing breast or cervical cancer though any risk is likely to reduce with time when you stop the pill.
Who can't take Levest?For some women a combined pill may not be a suitable or safe method of contraception which is why you always need to consult a doctor before starting.
- Have any health conditions that increase your risk of blood clots (eg, high blood pressure).
- Have a close relative that has had a blood clot.
- Are over 35 and smoke.
- Are obese.
- Have abnormal vaginal bleeding that your doctor has not found a cause for.
- Have a history of migraines with aura.
- Have given birth or had major surgery in the last 3 weeks.
- Have had breast cancer or are at higher risk of breast cancer.
- Have certain cardiovascular, liver or gallbladder conditions.
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Can I drink alcohol on Levest?
Levest and period delayIt’s possible to delay your period whilst taking Levest by skipping your 7-day break between packs.
Levest and painkillersYou can take over-the-counter painkillers if you’re on Levest.
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