Top 10 things you should know about oral emergency contraception and ellaOne®

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    If you’ve had unprotected sex, and it is not the right time in your life to have a baby, you are right to consider emergency contraception. Unprotected sex, or contraceptive accidents can happen to anyone.

  • 2

    Act quickly. Emergency contraception is most effective when used as soon as possible and within 24 hours after unprotected sex.

  • 3

    ellaOne® works by delaying egg release. So, by the time an egg is released (ovulation) the sperm inside you are no longer capable of making you pregnant.

  • 4

    ellaOne® is a morning after pill that can prevent a pregnancy even when you are about to ovulate – which is when your risk of getting pregnant is greatest.

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    ellaOne® is now authorised in Europe for access in pharmacy without prescription. Check availability for your country.

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    ellaOne® is suitable for women of reproductive age and it is well tolerated.

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    ellaOne® is taken as one single tablet. It is for occasional use and should not replace a regular contraceptive method.

  • 8

    If you want to have sex after using ellaOne®, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period.

  • 9

    The morning after pill does not cause abortion. It works by delaying or inhibiting egg release. If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent the start of a pregnancy. So, you should not take ellaOne® if you are already pregnant.

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    Always read the package leaflet before taking ellaOne®.