“If ovulation has already occurred then the morning after pill won’t be effective,” says Deborah, “but as I’ve said, it’s really difficult to know whether it has happened or not.”
“The most effective method of emergency contraception is the copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD) or ‘copper coil’ which can be inserted up to 5 days afterwards3,” she continues. “If a woman chooses the coil, then she may also be advised to take the morning after pill as soon as possible, in case something goes wrong with her appointment or she changes her mind.3” The copper coil is the only emergency contraceptive that can still be effective if you have ovulated.
“If your period is more than 7 days late or is unusually light after taking the morning after pill, then a pregnancy test should be done. If it is positive, then you should speak to a doctor or other pregnancy advisory service at the earliest opportunity,” Deborah adds.
The morning after pill will not work during or after ovulation, because it only works by delaying ovulation. It can be really hard to pinpoint the exact point of ovulation as it can vary from person to person and from cycle to cycle. ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill* and is 2.5x more effective than levonorgestrel when taken ASAP (within 24 hours).
*Verify at: ellaOne.co.uk/verify
**the healthcare professionals in this article do not endorse any products or brands.
ellaOne® 30mg film-coated tablet contains ulipristal acetate and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Always read the label.
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