What is ellaOne?
ellaOne is a morning after pill that is taken to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse. However, unlike Levonelle 1500 and Levonelle One Step, ellaOne can be taken up to 5 days (120 hours) after having unprotected sex. ellaOne can be taken:
- if you have had sex without protection
- if you or your partner’s condom tore or came off
- if you did not take your contraceptive pill as recommended
You should take ellaOne as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. While ellaOne is a highly effective emergency contraceptive method, cheaper and equally-effective alternatives are available here.
How does ellaOne work?
ellaOne contains ulipristal acetate which modifies the activity of the natural female hormone progesterone. Progesterone is necessary for ovulation to occur. Essentially, ellaOne prevents pregnancy by postponing ovulation.
How do you take ellaOne?
The morning after pill should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse. You can take this tablet at any time during your menstrual cycle and at any time of day. If you vomit within three hours of taking this medication, you need to take another tablet immediately.
How effective is ellaOne as an emergency contraception method?
Like Levonelle 1500 and Levonelle One Step, ellaOne is a highly effective morning after pill. ellaOne does not work if you are already pregnant. If you have unprotected sex after taking ellaOne, you will not be protected against pregnancy. The morning after pill is not to be used as regular contraception. Levonelle 1500 and Levonelle One Step are also effective morning after pills and are more cost effective than ellaOne.
What are the common side effects of ellaOne?
Like all medications, ellaOne can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of the morning after pill ellaOne are:
- Abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort
For additional side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.