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.
How effective is taking the ellaOne® morning after pill?
If you need to take the ellaOne® morning after pill, you must take it as soon as possible and within five days of having unprotected sex. You will know ellaOne® has worked when your next period starts.
After taking ellaOne®, most women have a normal period at the expected time. But some may have their period later or earlier than normal.
Taking a pregnancy test
If you have had unprotected sex, take a pregnancy test if you experience any of the following:
- Your period is more than 7 days late
- Your period is unusually light or unusually heavy
- You have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or breast pain
- You have any doubt about being pregnant, do a pregnancy test
Pregnancy tests can be purchased at your local pharmacy, just like ellaOne®.
Pregnant after ellaOne®?
If you have accidentally taken ellaOne® during pregnancy, or have become pregnant despite having taken ellaOne®, HRA Pharma (the manufacturer of ellaOne®) is interested in receiving more information about your pregnancy. Information is anonymous to preserve your confidentiality. You can report information at www.hra-pregnancy-registry.com, or ask your healthcare professional to do it for you. You are strongly advised to contact your healthcare professional as early as possible if you become pregnant.
Side effects of ellaOne®
Like all medicines, ellaOne® can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.
The most commonly reported side effects of taking this morning after pill are headaches, nausea (feeling sick), abdominal pain and painful periods. These are also possible signs of pregnancy.
Take a pregnancy test if:
- You miss your period
- Your period is lighter or heavier than normal
- You experience such symptoms after taking ellaOne®
- Your period is delayed for more than seven days after taking ellaOne®
If you get any side effects after taking this emergency contraceptive pill, talk to your pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
Is the morning after pill still effective if I’m sick?
If you are sick (vomit) within three hours of taking an ellaOne® morning after pill tablet, go back to a pharmacist and get another ellaOne® tablet to take.
The pharmacist may advise other sources for obtaining the product, for example a Family Planning Clinic, GP, or walk-in centre.