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WHAT IS LEVONORGESTREL ?
Levonorgestrel is a female hormone that can cause changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Levonorgestrel intrauterine system is a plastic device that contains this hormone. This device is placed in the uterus where it slowly releases the hormone to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 5 years.
Levonorgestrel is meant for use in a woman who has had at least one child. Skyla or Liletta can be used whether you have children or not. Levonorgestrel is also used in women who have heavy menstrual bleeding and choose to use an intrauterine form of birth control. Levonorgestrel is a progestin hormone and does not contain estrogen. The intrauterine device release levonorgestrel in the uterus, but only small amounts of the hormone reach the bloodstream. Levonorgestrel intrauterine system should not be used as emergency birth control.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have severe pain in your lower stomach or side. This could be a sign of a tubal pregnancy (a pregnancy that implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus). A tubal pregnancy is a medical emergency. The levonorgestrel intrauterine device may become embedded into the wall of the uterus, or may perforate (form a hole) in the uterus. If this occurs, the device may no longer prevent pregnancy, or it may move outside the uterus and cause scarring, infection, or damage to other organs. Your doctor may need to surgically remove the device.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe cramps or pelvic pain, pain during sexual intercourse; extreme dizziness or light-headed feeling; severe migraine headache;
heavy or ongoing vaginal bleeding, vaginal sores, vaginal discharge that is watery, foul-smelling discharge, or otherwise unusual; pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, or other signs of infection;
sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), confusion, problems with vision, sensitivity to light;
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
pelvic pain, vaginal itching or infection, irregular menstrual periods, changes in bleeding patterns or flow;
stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating; headache, depression, mood changes;
back pain, breast tenderness or pain; weight gain, acne, changes in hair growth; or puffiness in your face, hands, ankles, or feet.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Store Levonorgestrel at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F)