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.