The morning after pill is generally well tolerated, however, some women have been known to experience mild side effects, including nausea.
“A small number of women may be sick after taking the morning after pill,” explains Deborah. “If this happens within three hours of taking it, then you may need to take another pill as it may be that not enough of the pill has been absorbed to work.”
Some medications can impact the effectiveness of the morning after pill so it’s vitally important that you give the details of any you’re taking during the consultation process, whether in person with a pharmacist, while filling out a consultation card or when ordering online via ellaOne direct.
“If you have any concerns about your choices and what you should do,” says Deborah, “then your pharmacist or other healthcare professional can advise you on which option of emergency contraception will be best for you.”
You may have heard that the emergency contraceptive pill may be less effective if you have a higher body mass index (BMI) and you may have encountered one of the many sources online suggesting that at a higher BMI it may be best to double your dose, but there is a lot of debate over these findings.⁴
ellaOne® is recommended for all women regardless of their BMI⁵ and we would not, under any circumstances, recommend doubling your dose of ellaOne®. If you are unsure you should speak to your pharmacist, or a healthcare professional, such as a GP, or visit a sexual health clinic for more information. Always read the label and take the medication as instructed.
After having unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure, ellaOne® can prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation. One question that gets asked a lot is “how long is the morning after pill effective for?”. It is important to understand that ellaOne®’s preventative action applies only to the specific incident of unprotected sex prior to it being taken.
The morning after pill is not effective at preventing pregnancy in any subsequent instances of unprotected sex. Unless you are trying to get pregnant you should not have unprotected sex again after taking the morning after pill. You should always use some form of regular contraception, such as condoms, progestogen-only pills like Hana, or the combined pill, to continue to protect yourself and prevent pregnancy.