Levest is a reliable contraceptive pill that protects you against unwanted pregnancy. Levest can ease painful periods and make them more regular too. It is suitable for women up to the age of 50.

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How does Levest work?

The ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel in Levest work to prevent pregnancy in 3 ways:

  • By preventing the release of an egg from your ovaries during ovulation
  • By thickening the fluid in your cervix, so it’s harder for sperm to reach the egg
  • By thinning the lining of your womb, so it’s harder for a fertilised egg to implant itself and grow

When taken as directed, Levest is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Levest does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To protect against STIs, you should use barrier protection such as condoms. You can also go to a sexual health clinic for regular STI checkups.

Who can take Levest?

Levest is suitable for most healthy women that want to protect against unwanted pregnancy. But there are some reasons why you may not be able to take Levest.

You should not take Levest if you:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • have or have ever had a blood clot or a blood clotting disorder
  • need an operation that involves prolonged immobilisation during recovery
  • have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
  • have ever had angina or transient ischaemic attack
  • have severe diabetes
  • have very high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • have high cholesterol
  • have migraines with auras
  • have ever had breast cancer
  • have ever had liver disease or liver tumours
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Before you take Levest, speak to your doctor if you have:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

You can read more about Levest in the patient information leaflet that comes with your pack of pills. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure whether Levest is right for you.

Is Levest the same as Microgynon 30?

Yes, Levest contains the exact same active ingredients as Microgynon 30 and also works in the same way. They’re made by different manufacturers and so have different inactive ingredients.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Crystal Wyllie Online Doctor

Crystal qualified in Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2010. She then trained as a GP in London hospitals and practices. She has a particular interest in reproductive, sexual, and women’s health.

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Last reviewed: 02 Sep 2021

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