ellaOne is revolutionary to emergency contraception because it can be taken up to five days after you have had sex. Before ellaOne was introduced in 2009, morning after pills only allowed women to prevent pregnancy within three days of having unprotected sex. While ellaOne can be taken for up to five days, the sooner it is taken, the better.
ellaOne the emergency contraceptive pill is now available with same day delivery within the M25 circular in the UK.
As with other morning after pills like Levonelle, ellaOne works by releasing progesterone. This sex hormone tricks the body into thinking that an egg has already been released by the ovaries. In doing so it prevents any eggs from being fertilised by sperm. If a sperm does manage to fertilise an egg, ellaOne prevents the fertillised egg from embedding itself in the womb, where it would have developed into a fetus. ellaOne releases progesterone through its active ingredient, ulipristal acetate.
A single dose of ellaOne 30mg, taken within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex can prevent pregnancy. ellaOne can be taken either with or without food. In the rare occurrence that you should vomit within hours of taking ellaOne, this could be a sign that the medication has not worked. Experts recommend that if this happens, you should take another pill, and speak to a doctor or nurse for advice.
As with other versions of the morning after pill, ellaOne is proven to be highly effective. In a clinical trial it was found that only two in every 100 women became pregnant after taking ellaOne. In a study published by British health journal The Lancet, it was proven that ellaOne led to even fewer pregnancies than other leading emergency contraceptives such as Levonelle.
ellaOne is generally very well tolerated by women. However, there are some women for whom the drug is not suitable. This includes pregnant women and women with severely decreased liver function. ellaOne is not suitable for frequent use and should only be taken once within every menstrual cycle.
ellaOne is a prescription drug that can only be purchased if you have a prescription from a registered doctor. You can either get this prescription through a face-to-face consultation with your GP, or by purchasing ellaOne through a website such as ours that offers free online consultation. You need to fill in an online questionnaire about your health, which will be sent to a registered doctor. He/she will then decide whether or not you are eligible for an ellaOne prescription.