If you’ve experienced unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure, there are emergency contraceptive options to prevent pregnancy. There is no upper age limit for emergency contraception if the person has not reached menopause yet.
Hormonal emergency contraception (often referred to as the morning after pill) can be taken to help you avoid unplanned pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or experienced contraceptive failure. There are two main types of emergency contraceptive pills available in the UK: emergency contraceptive pills containing ulipristal acetate and those containing levonorgestrel.
ellaOne® contains ulipristal acetate and is the most effective morning after pill* for preventing pregnancy. Ulipristal acetate is recommended by the Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Health as the most effective ingredient for the emergency contraceptive pill. In a clinical trial* it has been shown to be 2.5 times more effective than levonorgestrel when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex.
*verify at: ellaone.co.uk/verify
It’s important to be aware that no method of contraception, be that a regular or emergency contraceptive, is 100% effective. The morning after pill will not work if ovulation has already occurred because this method of contraception works by delaying ovulation.
ellaOne® can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex, but is most effective when taken as soon as possible. You can purchase the ellaOne® morning after pill over the counter or online at ellaOne® Direct for discreet delivery straight to your door.
There are lots of myths that taint the general perception of the morning after pill. Check out our article debunking the most common myths here.
It’s important to highlight that the emergency contraceptive pill is for emergency use only and can’t be used as a regular contraceptive. If you’re interested in other regular contraceptive options, read on.