According to the meta-analysis of various studies completed in 2010, ellaOne® is 2.5x more effective than emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel if it is taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
If no emergency contraception is taken, an estimated 55 out of 1,000 will get pregnant. If levonorgestrel is taken, 23 in 1,000 will get pregnant. When ellaOne® is taken, just 9 in 1,000 will get pregnant.
ellaOne® has also been found to be effective at delaying ovulation right before ovulation was due to occur. For 59% of participants, ovulation was postponed for at least 5 days but did occur later in the same cycle.
No contraceptive is 100% effective and the morning after pill cannot prevent pregnancy if you have already ovulated, but ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill and has been clinically proven to be 2.5x more effective than levonorgestrel.
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