In case other types of contraception fail, you can rely on ellaOne, a morning-after pill that prevents unplanned pregnancy. In this article, you will learn more about ellaOne—its benefits, side effects, and important precautions and warnings that you need to know of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is ellaOne? 

ellaOne is an oral emergency contraceptive that you take after unprotected sex or failure of other contraceptive methods. It contains ulipristal acetate, a selective progesterone receptor modulator, which is commonly taken by women for emergency contraception and uterine fibroids.

Sperm can survive up to five (5) days in your body after intercourse, which is why it is recommended to take ellaOne pill immediately after sex or a maximum of five (5) days or 120 hours after. Any woman of childbearing age, including adolescents, can take this pill.

How Does ellaOne Morning After Pill Work? 

As mentioned, sperm can survive up to five (5) days or 120 hours inside your reproductive system; by delaying ovulation, the sperm can’t penetrate a fertilised egg. ellaOne does the exact process to ensure that no pregnancy can occur. 

It is critical that you take the pill as soon as possible after sex or only within five (5) days to ensure no ovulation can occur; otherwise, no morning-after pill will be effective. The consistent changes in your cycle make it difficult to pinpoint your ovulation; hence, taking the pill after unprotected sex reduces the risk of getting pregnant.

Is ellaOne Effective? 

In a clinical trial conducted to test its effectiveness, ellaOne has shown great results. In 1000 women, only nine (9) out of 1000 ended up being pregnant after taking the pill within 24 hours after unprotected sex. 

The active ingredient ulipristal acetate is said to be 2.5 times more effective than other morning-after pills containing levonorgestrel. However, ellaOne is not effective in every case; therefore, proper protection during intercourse is still the best solution.

How to Take ellaOne? 

You should take this pill exactly as stated in the leaflet or as instructed by your medical provider. 

You can take ellaOne any time of the day or night, regardless of its “morning-after pill” nickname, as long as it falls between the recommended 24-hour to the 120-hour window. Take one tablet with water; if you vomit three (3) hours after taking the pill, contact your doctor right away as you may need to take another.  

Who Can Take the Morning After Pill? 

Any childbearing woman, including adolescents, can take ellaOne as an emergency contraceptive. However, taking it when you’re already pregnant will not interrupt the existing pregnancy. If you become pregnant even after taking this medicine, no evidence suggests that it can affect your developing baby or the pregnancy itself.

Moreover, if you take this tablet while you’re currently breastfeeding, it is best to not breastfeed until one (1) week after. Medical professionals do not recommend giving the breast milk to the baby until one (1) week lapses. 

Further, this drug does not affect your future fertility. ellaOne will not stop you from getting pregnant if you enter into unprotected sex after taking it; therefore, it is best to use other contraceptive methods like condoms. 

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Like all medicines, ellaOne may also bring side effects, although not everyone may experience them. A study revealed side effects typically only affect up to one (1) in ten (10) people. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Headache
  • Stomach pain, vomiting
  • Breast tenderness, painful periods, pelvic pain
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain, back pain, tiredness

The symptoms provided above are the most common ones that women who take ellaOne may experience. Other uncommon and rare side effects may include:

  • Diarrhoea, heartburn, wind, dry mouth
  • Unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy/prolonged periods or premenstrual syndrome, vaginal irritation or discharge, inconsistent sex drive
  • Hot flushes
  • Appetite changes, emotional disorders, anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping, sleepiness, migraine visual disturbances
  • Influenza
  • Acne, skin lesions, itching
  • Fever, chills, malaise
  • Genital pain or itching, pain during sex, rupture of an ovarian cyst, unusually light period
  • Loss of concentration, vertigo, shaking, disorientation, fainting
  • Unusual sensation in the eye, red eye, sensitivity to light
  • Dry throat, disturbance in taste
  • Hives (itchy rash), feeling thirsty

If you experience any of the following or other effects you think is because of the pill, contact your doctor or other healthcare professionals immediately.

Always consult with your doctor or other healthcare professionals before you take this medicine. Ask other alternatives or advice if your period is late or you’re showing signs of pregnancy, have severe asthma or severe liver disease, talk to your doctor before buying and taking ellaOne. If any of the possible side effects arise, consult with your health care professional right away.

It would be best if you don’t take this tablet if you have allergies with ulipristal acetate or any of ellaOne’s other ingredients. 

Other hormonal contraceptives, such as pills and patches, may temporarily be less effective after taking the tablet. However, it would be best if you continued taking your oral hormonal pill as usual after taking this medicine, but use condoms for extra protection.

The following medicines taken at least four (4) weeks before taking ellaOne may not be suitable for you:

  • Medicines for epilepsy treatment (primidone, phenobarbital, phenytoin, fosphenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine and barbiturates)
  • Medicines for tuberculosis  treatment (rifampicin, rifabutin)
  • HIV treatment (ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine)
  • Fungal infections treatment (griseofulvin)
  • Herbal remedies containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

One carton on ellaOne contains one (1) blister of one (1)  white to marble creamy, round curved tablet of 9 mm diameter tablet. The tablet has an engraved with “еllа” on both sides. 

Store ellaOne out of children’s sight and reach. It is best to keep it in its original package to protect it from moisture, keep the blister inside the carton and store it below 25°C. 

Unless told to do so by your doctor, do no throw expired tablets via wastewater. Always ask your supplier about proper medicine disposal to protect the environment. 

ellaOne can only help prevent pregnancy if taken properly. Pregnancy due to unprotected sex, unexpected condom ripping and failure of other contraceptives will be avoided if you take it immediately after intercourse.

However, it is important to remember the effectiveness of ellaOne is not consistent. Although it can help avoid unplanned pregnancy, it does not guarantee 100% on the following attempts. You should always use other contraceptive methods to achieve the best results.