What is EllaOne?
EllaOne is an emergency contraceptive, also known as a 'morning after pill'. It is used to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant after unprotected sex or failure of a contraceptive method. EllaOne tablets contain the active ingredient ulipristal, a progestogen hormone. EllaOne is available without a prescription.
What is EllaOne used for?
The morning after pill is an emergency birth control method that can be used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex. It can also be used in instances of failed birth control methods such as a broken condom or missed birth control pills, or if absorption is unreliable due to vomiting. EllaOne prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries and changes the lining of the uterus, making it unsuitable for implantation. This reduces the chance of unintended pregnancies.
How to use EllaOne
To prevent pregnancy, EllaOne should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and no later than 120 hours (five days) after. The tablet can be taken either with or without food, at any time of the day. If you are sick within three hours of taking the tablet, another one should be taken immediately. It is recommended that after taking this medicine you use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom or cap, until you have your next period. This is also recommended even if you are using hormonal contraception such as the pill, because this medicine can make these methods less effective. EllaOne is not recommended or reliable as a regular birth control method. Instead, it is used for emergencies only.
EllaOne should be taken as follows:
- take one tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex, and no later than 120 hours after.
Do not use EllaOne more than once per menstrual cycle. Read the package leaflet before use.
EllaOne tablets may cause side effects, including:
- Abdominal pain;
- Menstrual problems (heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding, no periods, PMS);
- Nausea, vomiting;
- Breast tenderness or soreness.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or if you experience side effects that are not listed on the leaflet.
When not to use EllaOne
EllaOne is not suitable for everyone. This morning after pill should not be used if:
- You are allergic to ulipristal or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a serious liver disease.
Consult a doctor before using EllaOne if you have severe asthma or a health-related condition that is not listed above. EllaOne may interact with other medicines. A doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with. It is therefore important to tell a doctor what other medicines you are already taking. For more information on contraindications, interactions and warnings, see the package leaflet.
Do not use EllaOne if you are pregnant. Consult a doctor on the use of EllaOne if you are breastfeeding. This medicine does not affect your ability to drive safely. EllaOne does not interact with alcohol.