ellaOne is a morning after pill taken after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. The other type of emergency contraception that is available is the emergency copper coil, or IUD which has to be implanted by a professional. You can learn more about the IUD by reading this article from the NHS.
ellaOne must be taken within five days (120 hours) of unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It is thought to be about 95% effective in protecting against unwanted pregnancy for all five days. This makes it more effective after the initial 24 hours than the more commonly used morning after pill, Levonelle.
As with any treatment, ellaOne can cause common side effects such as nausea, tender breasts, headaches, mood swings, and tiredness.
ellaOne can be obtained for free from certain NHS centres, including GP surgeries and sexual health clinics. It can also be ordered online through our online doctor service, click here for more information.
Less common ellaOne side effects
There are some side effects associated with taking ellaOne that are slightly less common, we have listed them below:
Uncommon side effects of ellaOne (affecting up to 1 in 100 people):
- diarrhoea and wind
- dry mouth
- irregular vaginal bleeding (i.e. between periods)
- heavy periods and prolonged PMS
- vaginal irritation or unusual discharge
- changes to your appetite and sex drive
- hot flushes
- anxiety or agitation
- trouble sleeping
- visual disturbances
- itchy skin
Though many of these side effects are unpleasant, none of them should be cause for great alarm. They should also last for a short amount of time.
Note: The side effects of any medicine are always available in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes in the box.
What should I do if I am suffering from side effects after taking ellaOne?
Some of the side effects can be confused with pregnancy symptoms or complications of an ectopic pregnancy, so if you are suffering from any side effects after taking ellaOne, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist, even if the side effect is not listed here. Once you feel more comfortable, you can also make a report to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This helps medical professionals to keep track of any adverse effects medicines might have.
In rare cases, some people who take ellaOne have an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in the tablet and require immediate medical attention. You can find out the ingredients in ellaOne and check whether you might be allergic to it by reading the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine.
Where can I get ellaOne?
You can get ellaOne from sexual health centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies and contraception clinics. Alternatively, you can order it online from discreet, confidential health services like LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Click here to learn more about ellaOne or make an order through our safe online clinic.