ellaOne - Morning after pill
  • The most effective morning after pill
  • Take within 120hrs (5 days) of unprotected sex
  • Available for same-day collection

ellaOne

The most effective morning after pill available. Take as soon as possible after unprotected sex to protect against pregnancy. Emergency contraception is only available for in-store collection, but can be picked up the same day.

ellaOne - Morning after pill

Our Emergency Contraception service is currently unavailable. For emergency treatment please contact your GP or local Family Planning Clinic. Alternatively please call the NHS 111 advice line.

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  • The most effective morning after pill
  • Take within 120hrs (5 days) of unprotected sex
  • Available for same-day collection

About ellaOne

  • When to take ellaOne

    Take ellaOne within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex.

    ellaOne can be taken at any point during your menstrual cycle.

  • Side effects

    The most common side effects of ellaOne are irregular bleeding, headache, nausea (feeling sick), dizziness and abdominal (tummy) pain. If your period is missed or late, and you experience these symptoms after taking ellaOne, you should do a pregnancy test.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • Effectiveness

    Current studies show ellaOne can be effective at preventing pregnancy for a full 5 days after unprotected sex but should be taken as soon as possible. It is 2.5 times more effective than levonorgestrel (Levonelle).

    If you are sick within 3hrs of taking ellaOne, you need to take another tablet as soon as possible.

    If you have unprotected sex after taking ellaOne, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant. After you take the tablet and until your next period comes, you should use condoms every time you have sex.

  • How it works

    ellaOne contains and active ingredient called ulipristal acetate. This chemical prevents or delays your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulating) This protects you against pregnancy.

  • Protection against STIs

    ellaOne only protects against pregnancy, not sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have had unprotected sex, you may be at risk of having an STI.

    If you are worried you might have a STI, you can visit our STI test clinic for advice, at-home tests and treatments.

  • Important information about ellaOne

    After taking the tablet, it is normal for your next period to be a few days late. However, if your period is more than 7 days late; if it is unusually light or unusually heavy; or if you experience symptoms such as abdominal (stomach) pain, breast tenderness, vomiting or nausea, you may be pregnant. You should do a pregnancy test right away. If you are pregnant, it is important that you see your doctor

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to take ellaOne alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe ellaOne safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    An effective alternative to the morning after pill is the copper coil (also known as an intrauterine device (IUD). This can be fitted by a trained medical professional but must be done within 5 days of unprotected sex to be effective.

    We recommend taking the morning after pill, even if you wish to have a coil fitted, in case this doesn't happen within 5 days or unprotected sex.

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