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®.
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.
I’ve had unprotected sex, how do I take ellaOne?
ellaOne® is a single morning after pill.
Take one ellaOne® tablet with some water as soon as possible and no later than 120 hours (5 days) after you have had unprotected sex.
It’s fine to take ellaOne® before, during or after a meal. Remember ellaOne® is a morning after pill and therefore will not interrupt an existing pregnancy.
Things to tell your pharmacist
If you have had unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, it’s important you get emeprgency contraception as soon as possible. ellaOne® is a suitable morning after pill for women of reproductive age but it’s important to tell your pharmacist of any health conditions or medication you may be taking.
Below is a list of medicines and health conditions you should tell your pharmacist about when discussing ellaOne®:
- Liver disease. ellaOne® morning after pill is not recommended for women with severe liver disease
- Taking steroid tablets (oral glucocorticoids) for severe asthma
- Certain medicines used to treat epilepsy (phenytoin, fosphenytoine, phenobarbital, primidone, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine)
- Certain medicines used to treat HIV infection (ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine)
- Certain medicines used to treat bacterial infections (for example rifampicin, rifabutin)
- Herbal remedies containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) used for depression or anxiety
- ellaOne® should not be used together with emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel
Is ellaOne® suitable for me?
ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill in the UK*, but it may not be suitable for everyone. If you are allergic to ulipristal acetate or any of the other ingredients in ellaOne® (ingredients are listed in the pack leaflet – ask a pharmacist if you are unsure), you will need to let your pharmacist or doctor know so they can provide alternative emergency cotraception.
When to use ellaOne®
If you need a morning after pill to prevent you from getting pregnant after having unprotected sex, then talk to your pharmacist about ellaOne®. It is the most effective morning after pill in the UK, but there are some things that it is not.
ellaOne® is NOT a regular contraceptive method
You should not use ellaOne® as a regular method of contraception. The emergency contraceptive pill is a backup method for preventing pregnancy and should only be used occasionally.
ellaOne® is NOT a contraceptive for future intercourse
If you have unprotected sex again after taking ellaOne®, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant. You should use a barrier method, such as condoms, every time you have sex until your next period. If you are currently taking the contraceptive pill, continue to use it as usual, starting the day after taking ellaOne®. Be sure to also use condoms every time you have sex until your next period.
ellaOne® does NOT interrupt an existing pregnancy
ellaOne® works by delaying egg release. If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent the start of a pregnancy. Do not take ellaOne® if you are already pregnant.
ellaOne® does not affect your fertility
If you want to have sex after using ellaOne®, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period. This is because your fertility can come back very quickly.
How ellaOne® can stop you from getting pregnant
The ellaOne® morning after pill can help stop you from getting pregnant. Here’s how: