EllaOne is the most commonly prescribed morning after pill and provides 98% effectivness in preventing pregnancy when used within 120 hours of unprotected sex. EllaOne works by preventing the release of the egg during ovulation which restricts the sperm from reaching it, resulting in pregnancy.

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What is the ellaOne Morning after Pill?

EllaOne is one of two morning after pills available in the UK. It is widely prescribed as emergency contraception after unprotected sex if there is a risk that this may lead to pregnancy. EllaOne has to be taken within 5 days of having unprotected sex, although it is most effective when being taken as soon as possible after sex.

EllaOne pills compose of ulipristal acetate which works as an effective ingredient for the prevention of egg release during ovulation period. Depending upon the ratios of active ingredients EllaOne is available in potency of 30 mg. The pill works by providing assistance to the hormones present in the body, depending upon the aim to be accomplished.

What happens after taking ellaOne?

EllaOne works in a very similar way as other contraceptive pills in the way that it prevents the ovaries from releasing the egg and as a result, prevents pregnancy. This pill is 98% effective when taken as an emergency contraception as close after sexual intercourse as possible.

How to take ellaOne

ellaOne is to be taken orally, take one tablet by mouth as soon as possible after sexual intercourse. You should not take the tablet after (120 hours) 5 days since you have had unprotected sex. You can take ellaOne at any time during your cycle, it does not need to be taken before or after a meal, the tablet can be taken at all times.

Emergency contraception medications are not 100% effective. The reason for this is that the pill works by stopping the release of the egg from the ovaries which restricts sperm from reaching it. However, the ellaOne morning after pill only has a chance of working if ovulation has not yet taken place. If the egg has already been released the morning after pill will provide no effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.

How effective is ellaOne?

If the ellaOne pill is taken before ovulation and as soon as possible after sexual intercourse effectiveness of this emergency contraception is much greater and proven to be 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. Ellaone has to be taken within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

If you have unprotected sex after taking ellaOne, you can become pregnant as ellaOne does not act as regular contraception.

How long does it take for ellaOne to work?

EllaOne is one of the most recommended tablets which are to be used immediately after intercourse. This medication will provide effective emergency contraception up to 5 days after sexual intercourse. There are no limitations for the women who are already on their period; they can also take this tablet after intercourse. In case of vomiting soon after the intake of medicine or within three hours of taking the medicine women are advised not to take another tablet. The tablet is for single use only.

EllaOne is one of the two different types of morning after pills available in the UK. The other pill is Levonelle. Both pills work in exactly the same way, by restricting the release of the egg during ovulation. Both different types of morning after pills are as effective as each other; however EllaOne Is usually the preferred and more commonly prescribed pill in the UK.

Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse whereas ellaOne can be taken within 5 days (120 Hours).

Who can take ellaOne?

ellaOne is a relatively safe medication to take, most women and girls under 16 can use it. Women who are unable to take hormonal contraception such as the combined pill can also take ellaOne.

There are some instances in which women cannot take the morning after pill such as, allergy to any of the ingredients within it, suffer from severe asthma or are using any medication or herbal remedies that may interact with it.

ellaOne Drug Interactions

If you are taking any other medications, it is possible that these may affect the way ellaOne works.

Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications. The most common medications that can interact with the effectiveness of ellaOne are:

  • St John’s Wort (herbal remedy)
  • Medicines used to treat Epilepsy, HIV or Tuberculosis.
  • Acid Reflux medication such as Omeprazole
  • Certain anti-biotics such as rifampicin

If you are taking any of the above medicines, ellaOne cannot be used as it will interact with how the medication works and reduce the chances of it working successfully. Levonelle may still be used as the above medicines do not interact with it as much as they do with ellaOne, however just to be certain, your doctor or pharmacist may choose to increase your dose. 

Please tell your pharmacist or Doctor if you are taking any other forms of medications, either prescription or over the counter medicines. This also includes any vitamins or supplements.

EllaOne during breastfeeding warning

There is no clinical evidence to suggest how safe ellaOne is to take during breastfeeding. The manufacturer of the medication recommends stopping breast feeding for at least one week after taking the pill.

Levonelle may be a safer alternative to take when breastfeeding. Although small amounts of the medication make its way into the breastmilk, it is thought to be too small to cause any harm to your baby.

Can I buy the ellaOne morning after pill for future use?

You can buy ellaOne for future use if:

  • You are going on holiday and plan on having unprotected sex
  • You struggle to get emergency contraception in time
  • You are worried about your contraceptive method not working

EllaOne side effects

Incorrect usage of the tablet can lead to hazardous consequences such as:

  • It can cause severe pain in abdomen leading to water retention;
  • It can cause vomiting sensation and dizziness in women;
  • It might lead to the increase in the size of breast in women and in worst cases it might cause breast cancer;
  • Abrupt weight loss and gain can be observed;
  • It might adversely affect following pregnancies in terms of inoculating any abnormalities in a baby, therefore doctor must be consulted before it’s in take;
  • Abrupt mood swings can also be observed in the patients; menstrual cycle might also get badly disturbed.

EllaOne in actual is an emergency pill which is advised to be taken immediately after unprotected intimacy, however it cannot be taken regularly as its over dosage ( a dosage that increases the limit of 200 mg) can cause adverse effects.

Therefore women are advised to switch to other contraception pills for regular usage. Before taking a contraception pill, women must be aware of all of its consequences while it is advised to visit a doctor regularly to avoid any hazardous consequences. Cervical areas, breast of a woman and abdominal cavity must be thoroughly observed before and after taking the tablets.

Women already suffering from any kind of disorder related to cervical region such as vaginal bleeding or even suffering from high blood pressure are not advised to take the tablets. In case of skin sensitivity medicine should not be taken before the advice of doctor

Where can I buy EllaOne Online and what is the price?

EllaOne can be purchased over the counter in many pharmacies and can even be prescribed by your local doctor. The morning after pill usually requires a face to face consultation with your doctor; however that is no longer the case. EllaOne can be purchased online by simply completing an online health questionnaire that our doctors will review.

EllaOne can be purchased by the following high street pharmacies, Superdrug, Boots and Medicine Direct online for an average price on £35.

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