EllaOne Emergency Contraceptive Pill
- Take Within 120 Hours Of Having Sex
- Morning After Pill
- Active Ingredient: Ulipristal Acetate
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
EllaOne Emergency Contraceptive Pill
The ellaOne pill is an emergency contraceptive that works by ceasing or delaying ovulation and preventing the fertilisation of any egg. This ‘morning after’ pill must be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of having sex to prevent pregnancy.
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What is ellaOne?
If you have had sexual intercourse without contraception, or if your contraception method has failed, and you are trying to avoid pregnancy, you should take an emergency contraceptive pill, such as EllaOne 30mg.
ellaOne is an emergency contraceptive pill that successfully prevents pregnancy within five days (120 hours) of unprotected sex or the failure of contraceptive methods.
After multiple clinical trials, ellaOne is considered by UK qualified doctors to be far more effective than the more commonly used morning-after pill. Commonly used methods of contraception, such as condoms and contraceptive tablets can have a pregnancy rate of over 10%.
ellaOne emergency contraceptive pills can give you the best chance possible of stopping an unplanned pregnancy from occurring.
How does ellaOne work and what does it do?
ellaOne contains the substance ulipristal acetate which acts by modifying the activity of the natural hormone progesterone, which is necessary for ovulation to occur.
As a result, when you take ellaOne emergency contraception, your ovulation will be stopped or delayed, resulting in less of a risk of an egg being fertilised by sperm.
The ellaOne pill only works to stop a pregnancy from starting. If you are already pregnant, then this pill will not terminate the pregnancy. If you have a late period or experience other symptoms of morning sickness, speak to your doctor for more advice.
EllaOne also does not work when taken before unprotected sexual intercourse. If you have sexual intercourse after taking the ellaOne pill, it will not prevent pregnancy.
Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections. If you think that you may have been exposed to an STI, speak to your doctor or sexual health nurse.
EllaOne morning after pill is around 98% effective. This means that for every 100 women who take it, about two will become pregnant.
EllaOne is most effective if you take it as soon as possible after having sexual intercourse. Some reports show that the tablet is less effective for people with a higher BMI, but it is still recommended for women of all weights.
Does ellaOne work if you’ve already ovulated
If you have already ovulated, ellaOne will not work. It delays ovulation, so it is only for women who have not yet ovulated. Most women ovulate 10 to 16 days before their period, so you may be able to work out whether you have ovulated yet.
If you have already ovulated, you will need another form of emergency contraception - speak to your doctor or a pharmacist about this.
Bleeding after ellaOne
Some people may find that they bleed after taking the ellaOne 30g morning after pill. If this is soon after taking the tablet, it may be a side effect. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about this.
If you aren’t sure if the bleeding is your period, take a pregnancy test at least 21 days after you had unprotected sexual intercourse to see if you are pregnant. It is usual for periods to be slightly delayed after taking emergency contraception, but any more than a few days gives cause for investigation.
Trace amounts of ellaOne will pass through to your breast milk, and the safety of taking ellaOne while breastfeeding is not known. Therefore, it is not recommended that you take ellaOne while breastfeeding. Wait a week after taking the ellaOne pill before breastfeeding your baby.
EllaOne and alcohol
There is no evidence that drinking alcohol after taking ellaOne will make it any less effective. Therefore, it should be safe to drink after taking the ellaOne morning after pill.
Does ellaOne affect fertility?
Some women are concerned about taking ellaOne emergency contraception, largely due to myths that it will affect their fertility in later life. There is no evidence to support this.
Fertility resumes very quickly after taking ellaOne. You should ensure that you continue to use your contraception as normal and also use a condom if you take hormonal contraception.
Nearly all reviews of ellaOne are positive, with most customers stating that it worked easily and successfully - with very few or no side effects. It is very rare for ellaOne morning after pill to fail, and this is certainly reflected in all of the positive ellaOne reviews.
ellaOne or Levonelle
The two leading brands of morning-after pills are ellaOne and Levonelle (which is stocked by Cloud Pharmacy). EllaOne is more effective than Levonelle when taken after 25 hours. Up to 2% of women who take ellaOne will become pregnant, compared to up to 2.6% of women who take Levonelle.
ellaOne can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, whereas Levonelle can only be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex and is most effective within 12 hours. Levonelle is thought to be safe for women who are breastfeeding.
Both ellaOne and Levonelle require a prescription. Following a quick and easy consultation process, our trained pharmacists will be able to prescribe the ellaOne morning after pill to you with next-day delivery available.
Where can I buy ellaOne?
The ellaOne 30mg emergency contraceptive pill is available with next-day delivery from Cloud Pharmacy. Complete a quick online consultation with one of our pharmacists and receive the very next day if ordered before 3:30pm.
How to take ellaOne?
Take one tablet orally as soon as possible and no later than 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. This can be taken at any point during your menstrual cycle and at any time of day.
ellaOne is not intended to be used as a form of regular contraception, but a solution for times when other methods have failed. If you have unprotected sex after taking the tablet, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant, and you should look into other contraception methods.
How long does ellaOne take to work?
EllaOne prevents conception as soon as it is consumed. In fact, you should take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex - while you can take it up to five days after, it is most effective within 24 hours.
Who can take ellaOne?
Most women can take ellaOne, including those who cannot take the combined pill or other forms of contraception.
However, women who have severe asthma or heart conditions may not be able to take ellaOne. Also, you shouldn’t take this pill if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. It is always best to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the ellaOne emergency contraceptive pill.
ellaOne also interacts with certain medications. If you take any of the following medication or suffer from any of the conditions listed, consult your doctor:
- St John’s Wort
- Omeprazole or other similar medicines
- Certain antibiotics
- Some medicines for tuberculosis
- Some medication for HIV
- Some medicines for epilepsy
If you take any medication, we recommend speaking to your pharmacist or doctor about it before taking ellaOne. They will be able to advise if you are safe to take ellaOne emergency contraceptive pill.
EllaOne and other contraceptives
Some hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill, may be temporarily less effective after taking ellaOne. You should carry on using your regular hormonal contraception after taking ellaOne, but also use condoms every time you have sexual intercourse until you have another period.
ellaOne emergency contraceptive should only be used occasionally. You should not rely on it as a form of contraception. If you are not on any contraception, it might be a good idea to discuss your options with a medical professional.
How do I know ellaOne worked?
You will know that ellaOne has worked successfully when your period starts - there are no other signs that it has been successful. As long as you have taken ellaOne in the right time frame, it’s very likely that it has worked.
If your period is a couple of days late, don’t panic - but take a pregnancy test if it is more than one week late. If this test is positive, consult your doctor.
ellaOne side effects
Like all medication, ellaOne is known to cause some side effects, although users experience these rarely.
Common ellaOne side effects
Common ellaOne side effects include:
- Nausea and stomach pain
- Painful periods
- Mood swings
- Pelvic pain
- Breast tenderness
- Muscle Pain
Uncommon ellaOne side effects
Uncommon ellaOne side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Hot flushes
- Change in sex drive
- Unusual bleeding
- Heavy period
- Vaginal discharge
- Change in appetite
- Hot flushes
- Emotional disorders
Rare ellaOne side effects
Rare side effects include:
- Genital pain
- Light periods
- Loss of concentration
- Pain during sex
- Sensitivity to light
- Dry throat
- Changes in taste
- Itchy rash
If you experience any side effects, speak to a pharmacist or doctor. If any of the side effects feel severe or do not go away, seek medical attention immediately. If you feel very unwell, go to A&E and take the EllaOne packet with you.
If you vomit within 3 hours of taking ellaOne, you will need to take another dose.
What is the Morning After Pill?
Earning its name from the time at which you take it, the morning after pill is a form of contraceptive, designed only to be taken in an emergency. This could be due to your usual contraceptive not working (such as a condom breaking) or maybe you just didn’t use any, but in these circumstances, the morning after pill can be taken to prevent pregnancy.
Can the Morning After Pill be purchased online?
Levonelle and EllaOne are available online through our pharmacy online. You should only purchase the morning after pill online as an advance supply - if you have had unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure, you should see your GP, local GUM clinic, or local pharmacy to obtain the treatment as soon as possible.
When ordering online, always check that the website is registered with the MHRA.
Is it safe to take the Morning After Pill?
The morning after pill is widely regarded as safe to take with few side effects.
How much does the Morning After Pill cost?
The pill is available to buy from most pharmacies, with Cloud Pharmacy offering emergency contraception products from £19.99 including delivery.
Is the Morning After Pill suitable for me?
Please note that our service is strictly for people aged 18 or over.
The morning after pill will not be suitable if:
- You're already pregnant
- You had unprotected sex more than 5 days (120 hours) ago
- You're allergic to any of the ingredients (the pharmacist can help you with this)
- You have a sugar intolerance
- You have already had the morning after pill during this month's menstrual cycle (speak to your doctor,
- family planning clinic)
You must tell the pharmacist or your doctor if you fall into ANY of the below categories before you take the morning after pill:
- You've previously had an ectopic pregnancy
- You live with a digestive order, such as Crohn's disease
- If you are taking any other medication, especially: Barbiturates, Primidone, Phenytoin, Carbemazepine (used predominantly to treat epilepsy), Ciclosporin, Griseofulvin (for fungal infections), herbal remedies containing St John's Wort, Rifampicin or Rifabutin (usually for tuberculosis), Ritonavir (for HIV infection)
- If you're breast feeding
- If you're unsure if the morning after pill is suitable for you
Can the Morning After Pill be taken regularly?
How effective is the Morning After Pill?
The morning after pill is not 100% effective, but there is a greater chance of preventing a pregnancy if it is taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex.
95% of expected pregnancies when taken within 24 hours of sex
85% if taken within 25-48 hours
58% if taken within 49-72 hours
ellaOne® if used correctly, is very likely that it will be effective. However, it is not effective in every case: of 100 women receiving ellaOne® up to 5 days after unprotected sex, approximately 2 will become pregnant. So, as long as you use ellaOne® correctly, it is very likely that it will be effective.
The morning after pill will not stop a pregnancy if you are already pregnant.
How do I take the Morning After Pill?
Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine.
Take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex - ideally within 12 hours and before 72 hours has past (120 hours for ellaOne®)
Swallow the tablet whole, with water.
If you are sick within three hours you will need to take another tablet.
How does the Morning After Pill work?
Morning after pills work primarily by stopping or delaying the body from releasing an egg (ovulation). In the case of levonorgestrel (ingredient in Levonelle), it may also affect the lining of the womb, preventing a fertilised egg from implanting itself.
Does alcohol affect the Morning After Pill?
There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of the morning after pill.
ellaOne patient information leaflet
For more information about ellaOne, please take a look at the information leaflet below. It is important you read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) before taking this medication: