le·vo·nor·ges·trel | \ ˌlē-və-nȯr-ˈje-strəl \

Definition of levonorgestrel 

: the levorotatory form of a synthetic progestin C21H28O2 used especially in oral contraceptives

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Hormonal IUDs are coated with a synthetic progestin called levonorgestrel. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is There Any Reliable Way to Make Your Period Come Faster?," 11 July 2018 Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla—that release levonorgestrel, a type of progesterone, into the uterus every day. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "If You’re Freaking Out About Getting an IUD, Here’s What to Know About the Insertion Process," 30 Oct. 2017 Women using copper IUDs complained more frequently about unusual or bad-smelling discharge than women using levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs, according to a 2014 study published in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "18 Things Every Woman Should Know About Getting an IUD," 6 Feb. 2018 This dose of levonorgestrel dampens the release of LH, thus delaying or totally preventing ovulation that month. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Are High-BMI Women Supposed to Do About Emergency Contraception?," 1 Nov. 2017 But levonorgestrel isn't the only morning-after pill. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Are High-BMI Women Supposed to Do About Emergency Contraception?," 1 Nov. 2017 Hormonal IUDs contain the hormone levonorgestrel, which changes your uterine lining to create much lighter periods. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "What's the Best Form of Birth Control for You?," 23 Mar. 2016 Some IUDs contain the hormone levonorgestrel, a kind of progestin, which helps decrease or even eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding, a common problem for women in their 40s. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "I’m in my 40s, do I still need birth control?," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of levonorgestrel

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levonorgestrel

lev- + norgestrel, a progestin

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le·vo·nor·ges·trel | \ ˌlē-və-nȯr-ˈjes-trəl \

Medical Definition of levonorgestrel 

: a synthetic progestin C21H28O2 that is used especially in birth control pills and contraceptive implants and that is the levorotatory form of norgestrel — see mirena, plan b, seasonale, seasonique

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