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ellaOne® morning after pill Questions

Got a question about ellaOne®? Wondering how the morning after pill really works? Heard something worrying about side effects and want to get an answer you can trust? You’re in the right place.

Some people can find the experience of taking emergency contraception nerve-wracking, and often that’s because they don’t have all of the facts. A lot of people were never taught about the morning after pill, meaning that there are lots of harmful myths and misunderstandings out there that can stop people from accessing emergency contraception.

At ellaOne®, we believe that by educating people about this type of contraception we can overcome the stigma and fear associated with it. That’s why we’ve put together a set of no-nonsense answers to your most frequently asked questions about ellaOne®.

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What is ellaOne®?
How does ellaOne® work?
Where can I buy ellaOne®?
Does ellaOne® work if you’ve already ovulated?
Does ellaOne® stop implantation?
How long does ellaOne® delay ovulation for?
Can ellaOne® harm a baby?

Can you take ellaOne® twice in one cycle?

Yes, you can take ellaOne® twice in the same cycle. If you find yourself in this situation, you should discuss what’s happened with your pharmacist or GP who will be able to advise you.

Taking ellaOne® can only prevent pregnancy for a single incident of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It will not continue to protect you, so if you have unprotected sex again in the same cycle after taking ellaOne®, you may need to take another dose.

If you find yourself taking ellaOne® multiple times in one cycle, you might want to discuss finding a regular contraceptive method that works for you with a healthcare professional. ellaOne® is intended only for use in emergencies, not as an alternative to regular contraception. ellaOne® can only protect against unplanned pregnancy, it won’t protect you against STIs.

What is the advantage of taking ellaOne®?
What happens after taking ellaOne®?
Can I have sex after taking ellaOne®?
Do I need to continue taking my contraceptive pill after taking ellaOne®?
Can I start taking the contraceptive pill as a new method of contraception after taking ellaOne®?
Can ellaOne® morning after pill delay your period?
Can ellaOne® delay your period?
Does ellaOne® make you bleed?
Does ellaOne® cause stomach pain?
Can ellaOne® make you feel pregnant?
Can you drink alcohol after taking ellaOne®?
How effective is ellaOne®?
Can you get pregnant after taking the morning after pill?
How long do ellaOne® side effects last?
Is ellaOne® effective after 5 days?
When is ellaOne® not effective?
How quickly does ellaOne® morning after pill work?
What does ellaOne® do to your body?


We hope that we’ve answered all your questions about ellaOne®, if you have a question that you can’t see answered here, try: All you need to know about ellaOne® or contact HRA Pharma directly.

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Samuelle Yohou
Medical Manager
Medically reviewed in February 2020.