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Is ellaOne® suitable for me?

You can buy ellaOne® from your local pharmacy without prescription, but they will have a few questions to check first. These questions are just to make sure ellaOne® is the right morning after pill for you.

We understand that you may feel slightly embarrassed, which is why we have created a fast checklist tool to help you be more prepared and at ease when in the pharmacy.

Find out if ellaOne® is likely to be suitable for you before going to your local pharmacy by answering six simple questions.

Enter your answers and then download or print the results to take into the pharmacy to aid your discussion. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

It couldn’t be easier to find out your suitability for ellaOne®.

Complete the checklist

ellaOne effectiveness

Data taken from clinical trials revealed the below pregnancy rates per 1000 women if they were to take various emergency contraception treatment options within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex.

Click here to view further information regarding this clinical trial or alternatively contact HRA Pharma directly.

What women say about ellaOne

What women say about ellaOne

beautiful young woman with white dress“My pregnancy scare was because the condom broke. I went to a pharmacy and got the morning after pill. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t take emergency contraception. It might have been a different story; I don’t like to think about it.”

“I know about emergency contraception because my parents talked to me about it. teenagerI don’t think I’ll need to use it, but you never know. It’s good to know it’s there, just in case!”

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“ One time, I went out and I met this gorgeous guy. We ended up not using condoms. The next morning, we went to the pharmacy and got the morning-after pill, just in case. I think it is really worth the price. If you have a mishap it’s the right thing to do. If you need it, well you need it and you go and get it.”

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“ I took emergency contraception because the condom broke. And that was it, I had to go and get it.”




“I know that you should take the morning after pill as soon as possible. Getting it directly from a pharmacy is really convenient. I would not be at ease discussing  sex with a doctor who knows my family and me.”


I have emergency contraception at home because I am on the pill and I have forgotten to take my pills once or twice. It’s reassuring to have an emergency contraception tablet ready in advance.

Tips to avoid contraceptive mishaps

Contraceptive mishaps can happen to anyone. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Be prepared. Carry condoms, diaphragm, or cap with you
  • Use pill manufacturers’ apps, or use the reminder or calendar function on your mobile telephone, to set up daily alerts to remind you to take your contraceptive pill, or insert your vaginal ring at the right time
  • Don’t use oil based lubricants with latex condoms as they can weaken them so they split
  • Be careful when taking condoms out of the packet, taking special care around long finger nails and jewellery
  • Store condoms correctly so they don’t get too hot or damaged
  • Ensure that condoms are not past their use by date
  • Ensure you follow the correct guidance if you miss a contraceptive pill. See your pill pack leaflet for more information
  • Sign up to telephone or SMS alerts provided free by some contraceptive manufacturers
  • Set up a mobile reminder to take out and reinsert your vaginal ring
  • Set up a weekly mobile reminder to change your contraceptive patch
  • Set up a mobile reminder to have your next contraceptive injection
  • Don’t assume you will remember. Don’t take a chance

Planning what to say

Asking your pharmacist for the morning after pill

If you need emergency contraception, it may be helpful to plan what you are going to say to the pharmacist. Here are some ideas:

  • “I’d like the emergency contraceptive pill please.”
  • “I’d like the morning after pill please.”
  • “I’ve had a contraceptive mishap and I’d like the morning after pill please.”
  • “Can I talk to someone about the morning after pill please?”

Take somebody with you if it makes you feel more comfortable.


Pharmacy consultation

Where can I get the morning after pill?

You can buy ellaOne® from your local pharmacy without prescription.

Be prepared for the pharmacist to ask you a few questions about things such as if you are taking any medication. These questions are just to make sure ellaOne® is the right morning after pill for you. In some instances, they may recommend other brands, but ellaOne is the most effective*.

Talk to your pharmacist

Although you may feel embarrassed, there’s no need to be. Pharmacy staff deal with all kinds of sensitive situations everyday – it’s their job to help you to deal with the situation calmly and make this experience as uncomplicated as they can for you.  They will provide advice and support in a professional manner and if you have any questions about the emergency contraceptive pill, don’t be afraid to ask them.

Taking the contraceptive pill after ellaOne

Taking the contraceptive pill after ellaOne®

 Always use a reliable barrier contraceptive, like condoms, until your next period
Starting the contraceptive pill Continuing to take the contraceptive pill
If you wish to start a regular method of contraception after using ellaOne®, you can do so but you should also use condoms until your next period.  If you are already taking a regular contraceptive pill or patch, ellaOne® could make it temporarily less effective. Keep taking hormonal contraception and continue to use it as usual after taking ellaOne®, but be sure to use condoms every time you have sex until your next period.

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When can I have sex after taking the morning after pill?

When can I have sex after taking ellaOne®?

ellaOne® is an emergency contraceptive pill and should only be taken after you have had unprotected sex or if the condom broke. It is not a regular contraceptive pill so will not protect you against future acts of sexual intercourse.

After using ellaOne®, if you want to have sex, make sure you’re protected. Use a reliable barrier contraceptive method such as condoms until your next period, even if you use a regular contraceptive pill.


Can I take ellaOne®while breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding your baby and need to take the morning after pill, let your pharmacist or doctor know. It is important that you do not breastfeed your baby for one week after taking ellaOne®. During this week you should express your breast milk to stimulate and maintain milk production, but throw away any milk you express.