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ellaOne is a single-dose medication used for emergency contraception. Also known as the “morning after pill”, ellaOne is the most effective morning after pill available in the UK.
The morning after pill is not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy as it works by delaying ovulation. Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, this may not be possible.
It’s also important to remember that emergency contraception does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases and should not be relied upon when having unprotected sex.
How effective is the ellaOne morning after pill?
ellaOne lowers your chances of getting pregnant by 85% if you take it within 5 days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. In a clinical trial, ellaOne was shown to be 2.5 times more effective than Levonorgestrel when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. ellaOne states that out of 100 women who take ellaOne as emergency contraception, it is approximated that only 2 will become pregnant.
The ellaOne morning after pill can be taken at any stage of your menstrual cycle, but it will not be as effective if you have ovulated in the last 24 hours.
How does ellaOne work?
The ellaOne morning after pill works by delaying ovulation, which stops the egg from being released from the ovary. It contains ulipristal acetate, a substance that blocks the hormone progesterone, which is needed for ovulation to occur.
How to buy ellaOne online
You can buy ellaOne online from Click2Pharmacy. We offer emergency contraception as part of our prescription-based service. Start by completing an online assessment, which is reviewed and issued on the same day by our licensed prescribers in the UK. Once approved, it will be delivered securely and discretely to your door.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our helpful team and our pharmacists will be more than happy to help.
When should you take the ellaOne morning after pill?
ellaOne can be effective at preventing pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. However, like other morning after pills, it is most effective when taken as soon as possible after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
You can take ellaOne at any time or day or night.
How to take ellaOne
One ellaOne 30mg tablet should be taken as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours and no later than 150 hours after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. You should take it with water.
If vomiting occurs within three hours of taking it, another tablet should be taken immediately.
After taking the ellaOne morning after pill, regular hormonal contraception can still be used.
Who can take the ellaOne morning after pill?
Most women can take the ellaOne morning after pill, including those who can’t take the combined contraceptive pill or patch.
ellaOne may not be suitable for you if you are allergic to any ingredients it contains, if you have certain medical conditions or take certain medications, or if you are already pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, you should not breastfeed for one week after taking ellaOne.
When you buy ellaOne online from Click2Pharmacy, your consultation will include a number of questions to check that this emergency contraception is suitable for you.
What are the side effects of ellaOne?
Common side effects of taking ellaOne include:
- Stomach pain
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in mood
- Nausea or vomiting
If you vomit within 3 hours of taking the ellaOne pill, you will need to take another tablet.
Less common side effects include:
Irregular vaginal bleeding
Heavy periods and prolonged PMS
Vaginal irritation or unusual discharge
Changes to your appetite and sex drive
Anxiety or agitation
Although rare, it is important to be aware of severe side effects and contact your GP if you experience any. Please read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
ellaOne 30mg Tablet Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Ulipristal acetate
Other ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, povidone, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate
ellaOne works by delaying ovulation for at least 5 days. This is the time it takes for sperm to die, making it less likely for an egg to be fertilised.
Yes, you can take ellaOne twice in the same menstrual cycle. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you disclose this information with your GP or pharmacist.
If your period is late after taking ellaOne, take a pregnancy test. If the test is negative and your period comes, then it has worked.
Yes, you can drink alcohol after taking ellaOne. There are no known interaction between ellaOne and alcohol, and drinking won’t make the pill less effective. But if you drink too much and throw up within 3 hours of taking ellaOne, you’ll need to take another tablet.
No, ellaOne does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. If you are concerned about STIs after having unprotected sex, contact your local sexual health clinic for tests and treatment.