There is no emergency contraceptive option that can be taken more than 5 days after unprotected sex. If it has been longer than 5 days, we advise that you speak to a healthcare professional, like a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or sexual health practitioner for advice.
Did you know you can buy the morning after pill in advance? If you’re going on holiday, or somewhere where it’s less easy to access emergency contraception, or if you just want to be prepared in case you have a contraceptive failure or unprotected sex, you can buy ellaOne® online to help protect against unplanned pregnancy.
Please note that hormonal emergency contraception should not be used as a regular contraceptive method. Emergency contraception, as the name suggests, is for emergency use only. It is a reactive measure that helps prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, rather than a proactive contraception option that helps prevent unplanned pregnancy on a long term basis.
The morning after pill will also only help protect you from a single incident, so it won’t continue to protect you from unplanned pregnancy if you have unprotected sex again after taking it.
After reading this, you may be wondering ‘how do I know whether the morning after pill has worked?’. The answer is that you won’t ‘feel’ it working, but getting your period is a pretty good indication that it has worked. Keep in mind that the morning after pill can sometimes delay your period by up to seven days. If your period is later than seven days, or if you have any concerns about pregnancy, then speak to a doctor or healthcare professional.
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ellaOne® 30mg film-coated tablet contains ulipristal acetate and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure.