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ellaOne is a contraceptive intended to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed. This includes unprotected sex, if a condom tore or if you did not take your contraceptive pill as directed.


What is ellaOne?

ellaOne is an oral emergency contraceptive pill that is designed to protect women from an unwanted pregnancy. It is normally used by women who have engaged in unprotected sex or whose primariy contraceptive method has failed. These primary methods can include the following situations: you did not take your contraceptive pill as directed, the condom tore during sex or if you did not have protected sex in the first place. 

This pill was authorized on May 15, 2009. ellaOne contains an active substance, ulipristal. It is also commonly known as ulipristal acetate, which refers to an orally-active synthetic selective progesterone receptor modulator. This is also used to treat uterine fibroids or Fibistral as well. Accordingly, despite its exact functions being currently debated on, ulipristal is said to inhibit ovulation. 

Accordingly, ellaOne has been reported to be the most effective morning after pill. It is available as 30 mg tablets. In using it, women are advised to take it no later than after 120 hours of contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. 


How does ellaOne work?

To better understand how contraceptive works, one needs to understand how the ovulation process works in the first place. Pregnancy follows a two-fold process: (1) ovulation, which is the release of eggs and (2) fertilization, which is the fusion with the sperm. For a pregnancy to occur, the sperm needs to meet with the egg. In this entire process, the sex hormone progesterone plays a crucial role when it comes to the ovulation’s timing and the uterus lining. A woman’s body needs to be prepared before it can receive the fertilized egg. 

Basically, the active substance in ellaOne, which is the ulipristal acetate, plays a key role in ensuring that a woman doesn’t get pregnant. It acts as a progesterone receptor modulator, which means that to prevent pregnancy, it attaches itself to the receptors that the hormone progesterone normally attaches itself to. Once they’ve been attached, the ulipristal acetate inhibits the hormone from fully activating its effects. When these hormones have been restricted, ovulation is prevented or delayed. But ellaOne won’t work if ovulation has already occurred. That’s why it’s important to immediately take this pill after engaging in sexual activities. 


What are the benefits of taking ellaOne?

When having sex, women constantly have to worry about accidentally getting pregnant. To prevent this from happening, they turn to contraceptive methods, such as birth control pills or the morning-after pills if they can’t rely on the man to wear a condom. Some women also wear IUDs for added protection. 

In situations where the woman has forgotten to take take her pills or has engaged in unprotected sex, they can still protect themsleves from sex by taking the morning-after pills. Accordingly, these pills still work, as long as they’re taken 120 hours after sex. After that time period, they’re no longer effective. Unfortunately, if ovulation has already occured within the body, then this is another situation in which ellaOne won’t work. 


What are the side-effects of taking ellaOne? 

All medications and drugs have side-effects, especially for people who are just starting in new treatment. Some of these side-effects will typically wane over after a few days. However, you should still be aware about what is considered common and uncommon. In the case of ellaOne, here are the most common side-effects that have been reported: 

  • Nausea 
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness 
  • Tender breasts 

If these common side-effects continue to persist, then you should check with a doctor to see if you should consider other alternatives to your morning-after pill. 

Some uncommon side-effects have also been reported, such as:

  • Diarrhea 
  • Heartburn
  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy periods 
  • Prolonged PMS
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Unusual discharge 
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety 
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sleepiness
  • Migraine 
  • Visual disturbances
  • Acne
  • Itchy skin

Even though most of the uncommon side-effects can seem very unpleasant, they should not cause you any alarm. It’s typically expected that they’ll last for a short period of time. However, if they continue persistently, then you should consult your doctor. 

There have also been some rare reports about people experiencing allergic reactions to this drug. If you experience sneezing, itchiness, wheezing, tightness in the chest, tightness in the throat and swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face, then you should stop using ellaOne. Call the emergency hotline or rush yourself to the hospital. 

Some people might confuse pregnancy symptoms with ellaOne symptoms. You should take note that if your period is more than 7 days late, especially after taking the ellaOne, then you might be pregnant. It’s important to know what your body is currently going through. 


How do you take ellaOne? 

ellaOne is fairly simple to take. If you did not take any contraceptive medicine or engaged in unprotected sex, then you should take ellaOne as soon as possible. Don’t wait no longer than 5 days or 120 hours. Once this period has passed, then ellaOne won’t be as effective anymore. Accordingly, ellaOne can be taken at any point in the day, even during your menstrual cycle. 

To make sure that you’re following the instructions correctly, there should be a patient information leaflet in the medication packet. If you have any questions that have been left unanswered by the leaflet, then you can always ask your pharmacist or doctor. Moreover, ellaOne shouldn’t be a substitute for regular contraceptive methods. Instead, consider it as a fail-safe. It should work when you’ve forgotten your birth control pills or when the condom has failed you. 


What is the right dosage for ellaOne?

ellaOne is available as 30mg tablets. You should take one soon after engaging in unprotected sex. However, some of the side-effects can lead to you getting sick. If you vomit three hours after taking the first tablet, then you should take another one to ensure that it will work. Unfortunately, sometimes this pill won’t work, especially if ovulation has already happened long before you’ve taken the pill. If you notice anything different about your body, then you should try a pregnancy test to see if the ellaOne has worked or not. 


Where can you purchase ellaOne? 

Unlike other drugs and medications, ellaOne is available as an over-the-counter medication. This means that it can easily be bought from the local pharmacy or even online as you don’t require a prescription anymore. However, you should make sure that what you’re purchasing online isn’t counterfeit medicine. Taking counterfeit medicine can cause your body serious harm.

Please note: this page is only to be used as a reference of our price for this medication. If you are approved for Women’s Health medication, you will be offered treatment for you and the prescriber to jointly consider. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber's.
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